Article Published: Feb. 14 | Modified: Apr. 4
One person’s trash becomes another’s treasure during the
third annual Elkland Art Center Trash ’n Fashion Show.
The celebration of
hand-me-downs returns April 4, during Boone’s First Friday Art Crawl, and will take place at Strands
Beads & Jewelry, located at 585 W. King St. in downtown Boone.
While the show
is still a couple of months away, volunteers are currently seeking contributors and
The premise of the show encourages local businesses and
individuals to create wearable art out of trash. According to Elkland, the success of this event
rests in the hands of the creative designers, which include students and community volunteers, and
in the inspiring materials provided by local businesses and
The dresses, blouses and color-coordinated outfits will
literally be manufactured by items found in the trash, such as paper, cups, boxes and paper
Once participants commit to sponsorship at one of the designated
tax-deductible levels, organizers will send a designer or artist to meet with them to get ideas for
their outfit and to collect their trash.
“Trash ’n Fashion began as an
annual fundraiser for Elkland Art Center in 2010,” Elkland Art Center’s Lexie Danner said. “Artist
Kehren Barbour and (Appalachian State University) art students made original fashions from trash.
The show was in Todd at the Todd Mercantile. One of the ASU students, Emilie Young, went on the
coordinate the event in two subsequent years.”
When asked about what she enjoyed
most about the event, Danner said it was “forming relationships with the students, local businesses
and organizations by providing tangible ways for them to express themselves as artists, engaging in
fundraising and having a really good time.”
Getting involved is
To design, model or sponsor, contact Jennifer Harley, student event
coordinator, at (firstname.lastname@example.org