Recycling on the Runway

Recycling on the Runway (2002) was a fashion show using recycled and reused materials; a partnership project between Rethink Waste in Lancashire (Wildlife Trust Waste Awareness Project 1999-2003) and Morecambe Youth Café (a drop in centre for young people). I came in to help with the last week of preparations after the groups had spent 3 months getting things ready.

On the evening local charities and organisations held stalls and put up relevant displays, Hothouse Music performed on their Junk Gamalan, a pop idol finalist sang and a raffle was held with prizes donated by local businesses, and finally we put on the fabulous show followed by a disco.

The event was a great success, with an audience of over 200 people and lots of publicity on the radio and in the local papers.

My dress above was a newspaper bodice with newspaper sticks and springs over a charity shop halter neck complete with a newspaper wig and rolled paper hand bag. All the newspaper went in the recycling bin after!

The giant butterfly behind was made from willow and tissue paper and the stage light illuminated it beautifully (after my disappointment with the rainbow!).

They were reused as a wall display in the centre, and again in the Re-creations card. When you first make something you can’t always tell where it will go.

Great groups

Some of my work with community, school and youth groups making all kinds of things and meeting and working with wonderful people.

Trashion passion

I have spent a lot of time making outfits, clothes and costume out of discarded materials in the past. These days my focus is more on dressing-up costumes for the kids, and visible mending, but I hope that when the opportunity presents itself I’ll be picking this up again someday.