2011 – 2012 Exhibit: “Recycle Runway: Reclaimed Fashions by Nancy Judd”
“Recycle Runway” is a collection of 18 couture fashions made from repurposed
trash by artist and environmental educator Nancy Judd from Santa Fe, N.M.
Judd’s goal is to inspire people in a fun and positive way to consider the
possibility that “waste does not exist — only wasted resources.”
Judd’s trashique classic-style clothing is inspired by vintage designs and
created from discarded and reclaimed materials. Each garment takes 50 to 400
hours to create and is made to last 100 years.
“The dichotomy of an elegant dress made from garbage is very intriguing,” Judd said.
“I love the challenge of transforming trash into glamorous fashions.”
The creations have specific messages to convey. A faux-fur coat, made with loops
of cassette tape, explores the planned obsolescence of new technology.
A glamorous, floor-length evening gown, which glitters with thousands of
crushed glass pieces, encourages us to see garbage in new ways. A flamenco-inspired
dress is made of origami junk-mail fans sewn together like fish scales and
addresses the tragedy of wasted resources.
Judd hopes to inspire people to become eco-leaders — people who find creative
ways to care for the Earth at work, home, school or church and in their
“We each make choices every day that can help to solve the environmental
crisis,” she said. “Engage your creativity, use your power and become an
Visit www.RecyleRunway.com/ATL to take the full eco-quiz, perform quick e-activism,
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