Hearty Trashionistas are already at work with hot glue, duct tape and thread, preparing wearable trash for the gala event of the year.
The Trashion fashion runway show takes place September 24 at 7 pm in the newly renovated NCRD Theater in Nehalem, followed by the Upcycle dance party upstairs. The party features music by DJ Yerstruly, delicious bites from The Bleu Eyed Baker, beer, wine and other beverages.
Tickets are just $25 in advance, available at CARTM Thursday through Sunday from 10 to 4, and at Creative Fabrics in Wheeler (thanks, Doris!) Tickets at the door are $30, if available. Be sure to get tickets early – this show always sells out!
This fundraiser for CARTM is possible because of the interest and support of our community partners, Recology Western Oregon, Oregon Coast Cannabis and Summit Funding, LLC.
Mary Belisle wears her 2015 creation made from newspaper, Solo cups and a holiday wreath. Photo by Stewart Martin.
Garden hoses, toilet paper rolls, apple packing material, sidewall shingles and plastic bags—lots of plastic bags—were just some of the materials used for the creative couture featured on the runway at the 3rd Annual Trashion Show/Upcycle Party held last Saturday night at NCRD. CARTM’s unique fundraiser played to a sold out crowd and helped to raise over $6,000 for the organization’s general fund. Even Mayor Shirley Kalkohven made an appearance as guest star as the Riverbend Players opened the show with a WestSide Story spinoff of tourists and locals rumbling over trash.
The much anticipated trashion runway show featured over 20 models ranging in age from toddler to senior and came from as far as Bellevue, Washington, Oceanside and Tillamook as well as the perennial local favorites who work all year imagining, gathering materials, sewing, hot glueing (and in some cases nailing!) creations for this event.
One such local Julie “Fig” Yanko wowed the crowd with her evening dress fashioned from recycled garden hoses. The dress, worthy of any New York fashion runway was just one of many outfits that brought a particular elegance to the 2014 show. CARTM’s new executive director, Karen Reddick-Yurka’s ensemble made from cloth napkins and placemats had many women lining up to purchase the ensemble if she would be willing to mass produce as a new clothing line. Phil “shameless promoter” Blanton was a hit in his shingled and black felt paper version of the utili-kilt, and the youngest model Coltrane Simnmons stole the show as a reindeer with antlers made from plastic hangers and recycled Christmas wrapping.
A nod to literary and the Paris scene came from fashions created from shredded pages of hard-back novels, catalog pages and bubble wrap. The roaring 20s themed outfit made by Trashion Show organizer Mary Beth Moran made from vertical window blinds shouted out for a closer look to see the genius behind taking an unlikely material and turning it into apparel.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the turn out and the funds raised for CARTM,” said executive director Karen Reddick-Yurka. “So many volunteers helped to bring this event together and we thank every one of them for pulling off another amazing evening.”
The after party, aptly coined The Upcycle Party, was an opportunity for attendees to be up close and personal with the models. The Hollywood-style photo booth manned by Gene Dieken gave everyone the red carpet moment in the limelight and DJ Loud Glass (aka Jonathan Feder) put together special mixes of dance tunes for every taste.
The decor for the party was all sourced from CARTM’s resale store, The Redindery. “We kept the price tags on all the couches, tables, lamps and rugs used to decorate the event, and guess what? almost everything sold during the evening!” said Yurka. “We were able to deliver the items to one of our happy attendees the next morning, and proving once again—like our new t-shirts say—’what goes around comes around and around and around….'”
Reddick-Yurka further shared, “an event like the Trashion Show/Upcycle Party is in perfect alignment with CARTM’s zero waste mission, the featured apparel is all made with reused and recycled materials, our party produces zero trash (almost!), the decor is all donated and recycled and even our pop-up raffle were recycled items. We’re living the dream and helping the environment—what could be better?
The lights dimmed, the curtains rose, the L.O.V.E. lights shown and 22 models walked the runway displaying their wearable creations all made with materials destined for the landfill.
We can’t wait to see what our effervescent narrator Aina Tonjes will be wearing this year!
Save The Date!
This just in from Mary Moran:
Mark October 12th (yes, 2013) on your calendar as the date for our next Trashion Show and Upcycle Party . . . affectionately coming to be known as the TSUP event! You know how much fun it was last time!
Once again we’ll be looking for models, designers and people who like to sew, staple, glue and fold. And we’ll need writers, speakers, builders and all sorts of volunteers. We’ll also have some opportunities to create costumes/outfits at the Hoffman Center in September and once again Kathleen Ryan will be there for support and great ideas. And Doris Bash (of zipper dress fame) has offered her back room at Creative Fabrics in Wheeler for creating and sewing in September as well. We want to get as organized as possible before summer and then in September, shift into high gear, hence the very early announcement and recruitment for this event.
We hope you will all once again consider being part of this fundraising event for CARTM and fun-raising event for our community.
So, please let me know as soon as you can, if you are planning to be part of the lineup, thanks!
Trashionistas were in fine form at the first Trash Show/Upcycle Party on October 13, 2012 at the NCRD Auditorium and Gymnasium in Nehalem. The two-part event featured the much-anticipated stand-alone Trashion Show in the auditorium complete with catwalk, soundtrack, stage lighting and local fashionista, Aina Tonjes, as guest commentator.
The 26 trashion models put on the show of the year with their creations to the delight of the 180+ in attendance. A standing ovation was the perfect segue to the Upcycle Party awaiting attendees and models upstairs in the gym.
Transformed into an eclectic mix of tropical, cityscape, trashion museum draped by multiple parachutes, the gym was the location for the first ever Upcycle Party—a celebratory event to be remembered. D.J. Loud Glass (aka Jonathan Feder) spun tunes to get everyone dancing while the fashion photo booth, personed by Gene Dieken rivaled anything Hollywood could offer. Past trashion outfits were displayed on mannequins for close-up viewings. The lucky winners of CARTM’s Re-think Raffle were selected at the event.
Most often heard comment at the event, “We can’t wait until next year’s Trashion Show & Upcycle Party!”
The 2012 CARTM Trashion Show is on for October 13!
The 2012 CARTM Trashion Show will be staged as a runway fashion show in the NCRD Auditorium with a great party following in the gym upstairs. This will be your opportunity to put your design talents to work and to produce the most creative trash fashions ever seen in our community!
As a fundraiser for CARTM, the show will be a stand-alone event and a bit longer than in past years. In addition to our many well known models, we are encouraging people, who perhaps have thought about it but have not been involved in the past, to do so this year. It’ll be great fun for all!
Even if you are not interested in being a model, we are looking for people who might want to help someone else create an outfit – designing, sewing etc. Also, we will need a few volunteers to help during the show and party afterwards. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested.
NEW THIS YEAR! We would like to display past Trashion Show outfits upstairs in the gym for the after-show party. Many people have asked to see the outfits up close; this will be their opportunity and your chance to show off your past creations. So, dig through your closets for outfits from years past. And yes, we will have mannequins to display each creation.
IDEAS: Here are some examples of possible costume materials: old drop cloths, venetian blinds, chicken wire, carpet padding, all sorts of plastic stuff, egg cartons, old umbrellas, rolls of wallpaper borders, Styrofoam peanuts, electrical wiring, fiberglass screening and assorted trash from your office or business.
NOTE: This is a new direction for CARTM. Since the Trashion Show will be more adult-oriented than in the past, it will not be an appropriate occasion for younger children. Perhaps in the future there may be a more child friendly event.
So reserve your spot now to be part of the show! Please contact Mary Moran at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your spot on the catwalk, to display an outfit from the past or to volunteer your time and experience.