If there were three words to describe artisans, they would be: Resourceful. Reinvent. Remarkable. It’s no surprise I find these words depicted throughout the Tactile Arts Center‘s exhibit Trashion: Funky Junk. Most people would only think of fabric as being suitable materials for clothing and accessories, but my Saturday afternoon at Trashion reinvents that traditional thinking. Just about anything is fair game for fashion here. Leftover materials tossed aside as garbage can be a jewelry piece or the focal point of a dress. Recycled clothing: Is it the wave of the future? How possible is it?
No one can predict the future, of course, but with dwindling resources and items tossed out everyday without a thought about repercussions, these innovative fashions are ready to move our thinking forward and into the future. Everything from fabric to seashells to buttons to knitting needles is seen as an instrument of creativity, and not for what you might normally expect. Christine Marie Davis shows me that knitting needles have more use than to knit and purl a scarf for the upcoming fall season. And, Marilyn Duke’s display are proof that plastic bags have a life after they’ve brought weekly groceries home. One of my favorite pieces is from Ruth Blaster of Tall Blonde Designs, L.L.C., who gives us another look at a common everyday item, the spigot, as a necklace centerpiece.
As a recent advocate of Sustainable and Eco-Fashion, I’m delighted to find there are others who have respect for and are involved in this new wave of thinking. Artisans, whether they live in Denver, Colorado or remote locations in South America, Asia, or Africa, know how to look at something a different way to use every scrap material they have. Recycled clothing and fashion may not have a stronghold on the world yet, but I like to think that someday soon it will. The world will continue to change, and as it does, there will always be a need for those who can reinvent and use resources in a remarkable way. Trashion shows that this is only the beginning of the possibilities for recycled fashion.
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