Mission Statement

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

Saturday, March 31, 2012

From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk!

Friday evening, we were in San Francisco checking out how the PROS do it at the DeYoung Museum, during Friday Nights at the De Young, featuring        "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gautier:From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk"  exhibit running from March 24 to August 29. 

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We had the opportunity to click, click, click our way (no flash)
 through 4 rooms jam-packed with Jean Paul's creations. 

Karin and Elise arrived by 5:30 pm, and Elise got FREE lessons on the  red carpet, and had her hair and makeup done by Atelier Emmanuel for FREE! 

Elise Cheval with Model at the DeYoung

By showtime, there were 100's of people present to catch
an eyefull of the most spectacular fashions created by San Francisco designers.  

This event was good practice for Elise, who will be on the runway, modeling her classic vinyl suit,  "WAKEUP CALL", with Lorena, one of the models from PGR photo-shoot at Rainbow Fabrics, who will be wearing "SOME LIKE IT HOT", during the Sonoma Trashion Show on April 21. 

Catch us on April 22,  at the CIVIC CENTER in San Francisco, where we will be wearing our newest creations and looking forward to TV interviews, where we will be promoting PROJECT GREEN RUNWAY!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Photo-Shoot at Rainbow Fabrics

Our models arrived at Rainbow Fabrics on Sunday, and right away started choosing their wearable arts for the photo-shoot.  Elise created "Rock Around the Clock", made out of bubble wrap, the morning of the photo-shoot to be sure that everybody would have something to wear.  We had so much fun, with 6 different languages in the room, and finished on time!

Our leaders, Christin, Karin, Georg, Marilyn and Gretchen were incredible in organizing a smooth process of the kids changing in and out of Elise's creations, and being photographer by Elise in front of her trusty black velvet pinned to the design wall at Rainbow Fabrics.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Project Green Runway Workshops Coming in April to Rainbow Fabrics in Fairfax

The photo shoot at Rainbow Fabrics, with our models in Elise's creations, was a huge success with Marin County Youth, making a difference through Youth Leadership - Community Collaboration - Creative Self-Expression, and removing plastics from the waste stream.  Now, we are offering FREE workshops, where you can create your own trashion for an upcoming runway show in Marin.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Some Like It Hot and Wakeup Call in Sonoma Trashion Show, April 21

Some Like It Hot, Bubble wrap, 2011
Wakeup Call, vinyl, 2011

Come to the Sonoma Trashion Show, where art, fashion, ecology and activism come together, on the Andrews Hall runway, on April 21.  Doors open at 5 pm, with cocktails from 5-5:30 pm and then, models will be struttin' their stuff on the catwalk, to live music!  Meet the designers and models, and see the creations up close.  Trashion will be on exhibit, April 6-28, in Gallery 212, during gallery hours, 11 am to 4 pm, Monday through Saturday.   For tickets, go to http://www.sonomacommunitycenter.org/.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Project Green Runway for Marin County Youth

Dear Art Lover and Friend,

Thanks to my recent Solo show, "A Woman For All Seasons", at O'Hanlon Center For the Arts, I'm pleased to announce that my new project, Project Green Runway, is on its way.

In Landmark Education, I am in Phase 3 of my Community Project called Self Expression Leadership Program, where 62 participants have coaches and leaders that help us succeed with our Community Projects.   I created Project Green Runway on Feb. 15, 2012, for teens.  Synchronities and "happenings" are over the top, including a Coach (out of 15), Tania Walters, who picked me, (before she knew I have a new art studio at Marin MOCA ) who has an art studio at MOCA!   My partner Christin Anderson who found me through my article in the IJ and came to my Show at O'Hanlon has Belgian roots, through her father, and is an incredible quilter and needle arts woman,  like my mother and myself, also Belgian, like Isabelle de Borchgrave, (Pulp Fashion).    Plus, too many more syncs to mention here!    There's nothing better than intentional living when it comes to registering folks in what you are UP to!!!

My DREAM website domain,www.upcyclerunway.com created in May, 2011, and awaiting development has morphed into yet another, catchier domain name,www.projectgreenrunway.com (under construction through Weebly).

Our new Blog, is a great place where participants can come together on our Project Green Runway Forum to share their ideas, creative process, post in-progress and final pictures of creative ecowear made out of every REusable, REcyclable, REpurposed material known to Humankind.   Participants can check in with our videos and coming soon podcasts (I start my new film career, through a FREE orientation at Marin TV tonight!), for helpful DIY-like how-to's, hints and tips for all kinds of sewing techniques, knitting, crochet, hat-making, felting, painting on fabric, weaving, etc....

As Community, my partner Christin Anderson, and I are seeking 3-4 more leaders for our Project.

We meet on Fridays, 3-5 pm, at Rainbow Fabrics in Fairfax, with a group of teens and young adults who will be learning valuable leadership skills while they create their fiber-artistry out of recycled materials.    If you would like to get in at Ground level, or know someone who would like to participate in a Community Project that will be fun, educational and creative beyond your wildest dreams, where you can offer your valuable skills, teach if you like, and launch a new generation of empowered teenagers to a new Planet,  please come to our Meeting on Thursday, March 15, at 3 pm, at our "office" at the new Good Earth in Fairfax.

As you can expect, our Project will be immensely successful with numerous media mentions, including newspapers,  radio, TV, and social media about our upcoming Event, to be held at an influential organization, currently in the negotiation phase, in May, and forecasted for yet larger EVENTS such as the Marin County Fair in July and Earth Day Festival in 2013!!