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2013 Trash Fashion Show at WWU

5 Trash Fashion Designs on the runwayQuestion: What do you get when you mix a bunch of junk with Western Washington University Industrial Design program students, professional event production staff from the College of Fine & Performing Arts? Answer: The 2013 Trash Fashion Show at W.W.U..

View our photos from the trash fashion show with behind-the-scenes dressing room shots as well on Flickr.

Trash Fashion designs: Black and White Swan

Designs included gowns and bodices made from discarded rubber, plastic, paper and metal materials. Bicycle and computer parts, electrical conduit, and old VCR tape were turned into skirts, pants. Caution tape and vinyl upholstery became haute couture. All of these designs were created in two short weeks as an assignment from Arunas Oslapas. Arunas is the lead faculty member of W.W.U.’s Industrial Design program and  long-time proponent of reclaimed materials .

Trash fashion design - Analog by Jolee Nebert He has been assigning trash fashion design projects to his students since 2010. Those designs have been strutted on the fashion runway as a part of The RE Store’s Trash Fashion Show in 2010 and 2011. Arunas continues to innovate with reused materials. He is taking a sabbatical from teaching this spring to work with a Mexican village on developing products with reclaimed materials, designed by his students. We hope to get more of the story.

We applaud WWU’s efforts to carry the torch of the Trash Fashion Show. The RE Store partnered on the event for many years, with Robin Worley, Ballard’s New York Fashion Academy, WWU and others until our final curtain in 2011. But the show has gone on, coordinated by Arunas and event production master Courtney Hiatt, the Marketing and Special Projects Manager for W.W.U.’s College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Trash Fashions - Aluminum Fox and the Hipster

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Ruby Re-Usable and the recycled art movement

Bag lady plastic bag art

“Bag Lady” by Diane Kurzyna – outside The RE Store in Seattle

Diane Kurzyna aka Ruby Re-Usable is one of our heroes. She has been an integral member of The RE Store’s annual Recycled Arts & Fashion Show for close to a decade. She has served for years as a jurist, promoter, networker, and a designer of pieces for the Trash Fashion Shows. Her network of artists and designers have brought some of the most inspiring, unconventional and thought-provoking art to the Show over the years.

One of those artists is Seattle artist Patti Shaw. Patti has been making and exhibiting her art quilts since 1999, but it was the Seattle RE Store’s 5th Annual Recycled Art Show that inspired her to create art from recycled materials, specifically the leftover votive candle wick tabs. Ruby Re-Usable recently visited Patti Shaw in her Ballard studio, where Patti relayed the following story about how she got started:

In December 2003 I had a show of icon imagery in the chapel of St. James Cathedral, Seattle. When taking down the show, I noticed a sacristan changing out the burned down votive candles, replacing them with new ones. When I saw him doing that I realized that each piece of aluminum represented someone’s prayer so I asked if he would mind saving them for me. A couple of months later, in 2004, they called and told me they had a box for me to pick up. I wasn’t sure what to do with them so I put them in the attic where they sat for a couple of years.

In 2006 I saw a call for entries for the Seattle RE Store’s Recycled Art Show. I thought of my recycled prayers in the attic, hauled them out and starting playing with them trying to come up with ideas on how to use them. I finished my piece and entered it in the RE Store’s juried show. It was accepted and turned out to be a great success for me. I later sold the piece and since then have made over 40 works using the recycled prayer wick tabs.

View examples of Patti’s work on her website.

Read Ruby’s blog posts about the 10th Annual Recycled Arts & Fashion Show

Seattle art gallery pieces
Seattle RE Store 10th Trash Fashion Show
Trash Fashion ‘11 Recap Part I
Trash Fashion ‘11 Recap Part II: Dance Party Postal
Trash Fashion ‘11 Recap Part III: Ruby Salutes the Red, White & Blue
Trash Fashion ‘11 Recap Part IV: A Marriage of Inconvenience

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Arts Shows wind down – but Arts Workshops still to come!


sampling of the recycled arts still on display

The end of April is near, and that means The RE Store’s Recycled Arts & Fashion shows are coming to a close as well.  We’ve had a tremendous time – so many great art and functional art pieces and trash fashions were made – and we hope you were inspired and entertained too!  If you are finding yourself still craving more, but not sure where to turn – never fear!  We have at least a few more days to view all the galleries (two more weeks at Seattle’s Blowing Sands Gallery) and we still have a plethora of Recycled Arts workshops for you to put that inspiration to use:

  • You still have time to add to the Collective Junk Sculpture at Whatcom Museum’s Family Interactive Gallery (FIG) – until April 30th
  • Also, this Saturday you can help clean Locust Beach in Bellingham AND  create impromptu art with the findings in our Litter into Art: Beach Cleanup and Art Installation: 10am-1pm
  • Create art dolls from common household junk with WA State Arts Commission Artist, Diane Kurzyna, aka Ruby Reusable in our Seattle workshop May 21st:  Trash Fairies, Kitchen Goddesses, and Garbage Monsters
  • and back by popular demand – the Salvage Bride workshop with the creative newlywed, Rachel Levien, will be happening May 28th in Seattle as well.  She will show you how to find and transform previously used materials into everything from cake stands to candelabras.

Find out more information here about all of these Arts related events and workshops – and keep the creativity going!

Photo credits:  Luci Lytle, Eugenie Simpson, Graham Schodda, Tristan Francis, Thor Myhre, Michelle de la Vega, and Tracy Hanlin Mohr.

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Old Photographic Friends at the 2010 Trash Fashion Show

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Rebecca Maxim's top notch design is made from soil erosion mesh with onion bag ruffles, red plastic picnic cloth bustle and the white waxed paper pill cups down the front. The synthetic carpet and cardboard hat is decorated with veggie bags and plastic mesh, safety pins, bead chains, luggage keys and other detritus from the bottom of her sewing basket.

By John Cornicello
Studio Photographer
The RE Store’s Trash Fashion Show
Seattle ~ 2010

I’ve known Robin Worley for around 10 years now. When she first moved to Seattle from Hawaii I was one of her supporters in starting a new business called “Nothing New” in Wallingford that was a shop selling trash fashions and other items made from recycled materials. Since then I have photographed many of her shows in the Seattle area, plus some in Olympia and Eugene, Oregon.

I’ve always been impressed by the designs and cleverness, but the last two years have brought things to an even greater level with some stunning designs and fresh new talent. The popularity has also grown immensely. I remember early shows that The RE Store sponsored in Fremont and Ballard. They were more like small parties, where now there were two sellout shows (550+ people) attending on one evening.

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Alotta Detritus's classic hoop skirt ensemble utilizes potting soil bags for the top, the breast plate is made out of cardboard and bubble wrap, barrel hoops and wall insulation packaging makes up the the skirt

It is hard to select a favorite, but from The RE Store’s 2009 show, I like Rebeka Ginda’s blue shower curtain dress and the yellow Marie Antoinette piece by Remixa Plastique (Jen Girard). For this year I had many favorites, including Rebecca Maxim’s steam punk inspired creation, a black and tan outfit featuring QFC grocery bags, and Nic Griffin’s hoop skirt piece.

In the past, I would have had some issues with photographing these creations using film and all the chemicals involved, but digital photography feels more in line with recycling, reusing the same memory cards and sharing most images online instead of having them printed out.

See more of John’s photos

Visit the Recycled Art Program and learn more about the The RE Store’s annual Recycled Arts and Trash Fashion Show

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The Photographic Forces at the 2010 Trash Fashion Show

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"Bath it or Trash it" Designed by Rebekah Ginda and modeled by Caewyn Congdon, this dress is made out of recycled shower curtain, shower pouf, and lotion caps.

by Michael Cline
Lead Runway Photographer
The RE Store’s Trash Fashion Show
Seattle ~ 2010

I was introduced to the trash fashion movement in early 2006.  Later that year, I had the opportunity to photograph them through the friendly folks at The RE Store.  Back then I had a few fashion shows under my belt, but didn’t have the history or connections that are often so important. The event has evolved considerably from the shows being hosted in The RE Store’s warehouse in ’06. Their partnership with the New York Fashion Academy with their full-sized runway and spacious changing areas in 2007 took things to a new level.  Everything about the show has gotten better over time, reaching a much larger audience, and making a much stronger impression.

The designers and their creativity in reusing trash is truly inspiring. My favorite photos and designs have been from the 2009 and 2010 shows.The blue shower curtain dress from 2009 was my top pick. The dress was beautiful and the girl was glowing, and what could be more trashy yet elegant than an old shower curtain?

I’m torn this year between the upholstery sample patchwork outfit, “Sofalicious”, and the Green Chair Project’s mirror/reflective glass dress, “Window Treatment”.

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"Sofalicious" by Selena Eon - this design is made from upholstery samples that were headed to the trash heap

The upholstery patchwork outfit photo has all the classic qualities a photographer looks for: A beautiful girl artfully modeling an elegant design with a sassy spin and glance captured with a dramatic depth of field.  For the reflective dress, the model and dress just make an adorable package.  All of my favorite outfits look like they could be worn out on the town and receive only compliments, with few identifying their recycled history.

As a part-time photographer, it’s hard to find events where you can shoot beside experts and learn the tricks of the trade.  To make this process easier, I started a group several years ago called Seattle Photography Group ( where photographers of different skill levels could work together to pick up new ideas and hone their skills.  The group has grown to 1,300 photographers, and is a force to be reckoned with.

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"Window Treatment" by the Green Chair Project - made from window screen, mirrored blinds, and other window covering materials

We bring a mix of expert and beginner or intermediate photographers to photograph an event. This year especially I’m impressed with how well the less-experienced photographers have done.  We might have to call them “experts” for next year.  The Trash Fashion photographers for the 2010 Trash Fashion Show were Michael Cline, Doug Bulger, Michael Rainwater, Jim Kennedy, Dan Hardy, and Wes Kirkpatrick.

More photos of The RE Store’s 2010 Trash Fashion Show can be viewed here.

If you are looking for a skilled and passionate photographer for weddings or paid events, I can be contacted at 206-979-4229 or via email.

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