It’s 6:00 p.m. and all roads lead to The Boulder Theater. Today marks the 8th season of the Recycled Runway—a completely sold out event! No surprises there. The line is taking form as guests make their way in to watch the much-anticipated Eco-conscious show.Recycled Runway is an annual event and study workshop that is put together by the Common Threads Creative Lab for students in grades 6 to 12.
For the first time this year, the Recycled Runway collaborated with the University of Colorado Boulder . Associate Professor Max Boykoff, Associate Professor Beth Osnes, from the Environmental Studies program and Department of Theater and Dance, respectively teamed up to teach undergraduates a Creative Climate Communications class. Their objectives; to engage students with issues associated with climate, environment, and sustainability. In pursuing this objective, students were to shadow and document a short film of the young recycled runway designers “We were prompted to engage in this collaboration because Recycled Runway has clearly been a treasure in Boulder over the past eight years,empowering young adults through these connections between design and consumer waste. Connecting students from the Creative Climate Communications class with RR8 designers helps everyone involved to better understand varying perspectives and motivations that bring them together to creative and multi-modal expressions of climate change and the environment,” remarks Boykoff
Recycled Runway allows the young minds of the designers to come up with creative skeletons of their vision and see it through conception. It fosters a space for them to be imaginative and resourceful while teaching them about problem-solving.The participants are guided to design garments and accessories that are entirely made out of found and recycled materials. The contestants use various materials, like toilet paper rolls, shoe laces, packing materials, swim caps, goggles and much more. During the production process, which takes them months to complete, the designers have to come to terms with the troubles that may arise with various found materials, while being guided by a mentor. They are responsible to solve problems and issues with the material while still remaining innovative, original and creative, with the goal, to create a garment for the show. The young designers create jaw-dropping, lustful designs to wear in an impressive runway event to showcase and compete in different categories with an overall grand winner.
The 30 plus young designers who participated—through hard work, determination, patience, perseverance, a whole load of garment fitting and design, combined with their creativity. Walked the runway with the utmost satisfaction of showcasing sustainable Haute couture fashion at its best. Their creations for the night were indeed a spectacle and quite thought-provoking—to see how random things and consumer waste that we discard away can be reused to create dramatic, functional fashion pieces all while teaching design skills to these young minds.
The profits for this show this time round will benefit Attention Homes. Attention Homes provides life-changing programs for teens and young adults through shelter, community-based living and education about life skills.
As the lights slowly fades away and guests leave, what Recycled Runway instills in you is to be a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of human impact on the environment and social responsibility. This young designers who are pioneers in sustainable fashion, view waste as a precious resource that can be turned into valuable new products and due to this they help to spur open innovation, collaboration and community building around us.
If you missed out on this show and are curious to see the Eco-friendly designs, the dresses from the show will be on display at the following places:
Jacque Michelle boutique in North Boulder – April 24-May 5.
Lucky’s Market in North Boulder – April 24 – May 4.
CU Museum of Natural History- May 15 thru summer.
Contestant Nicoline West explaining her outfit. Material used ; Emergency blanket,mattress bag,mattress cover,Cardboard ,Paper clips,Magnets and Washers.
Skirt made of bike inner tubes,rims & gears,swim caps & googles.
Pixie Stroh 6th grade. Material used;magazines, toilet paper rolls,bubble wrap flower straws.
Noelle Ireland, 11th grade. Made her green outfit using; Plastic cellophane sheeting and dried plants and flowers.
Grand winner: Category 6-7th grade
Ara Davis grade 7. Materials used;
Black tarp from construction site,caution tapes and reflection tape from cones,Orange construction fencing,Barbie dolls.
Grand winner : Category 8-12th grade
Olivia Beresford grade 8. Materials used;
Bike inner tube ,Nespresso coffee pods,Chocolove gold leaf wrapping.
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