By Don Nelson
It’s not enough to conceive and construct it. Someone has to wear it and strut it if you want your trashy outfit to take home a prize at Confluence Gallery’s fourth annual Trashion Show on Saturday (May 10) at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp.
The show will feature two dozen wearables fashioned from trash or recyclable materials which may include bicycle tubes, soda cans, scrap metal, egg cartons, coffee filters, newspaper and magazines, CDs, bottle caps, and more. It will be up to the runway models — who may or may not be the designer — to rock each outfit for the crowd.
Confluence Executive Director Nicole Ringgold said this year’s designers range in age from 13 to 82 and come from not only the valley but also Okanogan, Tonasket, Wenatchee and even Seattle.
There is one five-member design team, she said — but they still only get to make one garbage garment. A grandmother is making a design for her granddaughter. One designer makes a living creating outfits and accessories out of soda can tabs, Ringgold said.
Kaarin Starr will emcee the event. Six judges will rate each of the designs based on craftsmanship (how well is it constructed?), creativity, wearability (how street smart is it?), percentage of recycled content, and presentation (that is, the model’s “strut”). The audience will also rate each outfit for the Blue Star Coffee Roasters’ People’s Choice Award.
The grand prize winner will receive $150. Prizes of $50 will go to winners of the youth (under 18) designer category, the over-55 designer category and the People’s Choice Award.
Ringgold said the judges and Starr will meet with the designers at a dress rehearsal before Saturday’s show to learn about the individual creations.
Ringgold said that the appeal of the Trashion Show is “that art comes in all forms … you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make it art.”
The Trashion Show starts at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m. Cost is $15 (must be 13 years of age or older), or $35 for VIP seating which includes a table next to the judges and one drink. Music will be provided by DJ Noah Constrictor of Boom Boom Productions. There will be a no-host bar and finger foods available, Ringgold said. For more information, call 997-2787.
The show is a fundraiser for Confluence, and is put on by volunteers, Ringgold said. “Anyone who wants to be involved can join the committee,” she said.
Other Trashion Show sponsors and supporters are WasteWise, Methow Recycles, Boom Boom Productions, Twisp River Suites, Freestone Inn and Peligro.