Mission Statement

Raising awareness and educating the public through high fashion made from recyclable materials.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Moving from the Gallery to the Stage

I was sitting with my friend Karin, when the call from Anna Schneiderman, Director of Ragged Wing, came through the airwaves. Anna was looking for help creating costumes for the stage for her upcoming performance, Inana's Descent. When Karin told Anna that she had a "plastic expert" sitting next to her, she handed me the phone and we had a lively conversation about how I could make a dress for their main character, Erishkigal, played by Celia Palmtag. Within a few days, I received the design, via email, and got to work. In fact, I had been making dresses out of plastic, but none of my creations were made for long-wearing on a stage, with 4 performances per day! So, that was the challenge of a lifetime for me, and I had to make the dress 3 times. Finally, I woke up one morning, and while thinking about how a woman would have to be able to move and BREATHE in plastic, I found the perfect solution. I used an old cotton sheet I found in the FREE BOX on my friend's dock in Sausalito to make the lining for the garment, then stapled the red and white bags to the garment. A simple gathering in the waist with elastic made the dress "one-size-fits-all", however, I had to fit the top to Cecelia's slender form. Working with a live model was a thrilling experience for me! I look forward to future opportunities to work with people on the stage and the runway!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

PatchNews in Mill Valley Writes About Whole Foods Market Creative Reuse "Nickels For Non-Profit Award" Won by Elise Cheval For O'Hanlon Center For the Arts

Just in! Megan Wilkinson, Director of the O'Hanlon Center For the Arts, just called to give me the heads up that PatchNews in Mill Valley published the story about my Nickels For Non-Profit Award through the Whole Foods Market Creative Reuse Contest. Read all about it.

O'Hanlon Receives Check For NFNP Award

The check is in the bank! O'Hanlon received $521.32 from Whole Foods Market's "Nickels For Non-Profits" Award, from my Creative Reuse Contest-winning crafted jacket, skirt and handbag excess-ory!