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Grayson College Art Department call for trash fashions
By Steve O. Black
Apr 1, 2014
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The Grayson College Visual Arts Department is calling for artists, designers, and seamstresses to create and show art clothing and accessories out of trash and recycled material for the first “Trashion” show, a runway style trash fashion show, in conjunction with the 2014 Texoma Earth Day Festival in Sherman.  The trash fashion show will be held at the Sherman Municipal grounds, 405 N. Rusk in Sherman, Texas on Saturday, April 26. 

In addition to area artists and designers fashions and assessories by GC Visual Arts design students will also be featured in the runway show. Grayson College Cosmetology students will be working as the make-up artists for the models. 

 
 
According to wiseGEEK.com “Trashion” is a word which is used to refer to objects and garments produced from discarded, unwanted, and leftover items. Trashion encompasses everything from home décor to garments, and public interest in trashion started exploding in the late 1990s, when being environmentally ethical while staying chic started to come into style.

Trashion is considered to be a form of up cycling which refers to repurposing things for new uses, rather than simply getting rid of unwanted objects. This word is a fusion of the words “trash” and “fashion,” and it is meant to imply that things made from recycled objects don't need to be lacking in style. While anyone can browse a vintage or thrift store, someone interested in trashion might also delve into free boxes, piles of discards destined for the dump, and other more unconventional sources for potential artistic inspiration.
 
Trashion jewelry often uses discarded and waste metals, both from within the jewelry industry and outside of it, and artists may use things like bottle caps, discarded containers, and so forth to make their jewelry more visually interesting and to remind consumers of the jewelry's origins. Trashion clothing often involves custom sewing, integrating several sources of discarded textile materials in designs which can vary widely, from sleek and hip to more casual and laid-back.”

photo by Allen Rich

The runway trash fashion and accessories show is open to all area artists, designers, college art students and high school art students in their junior and senior year.  Work should include no less than eighty percent (80%) recyclable trash, found objects, and discarded fabric material.   Artists are limited to three (3) entries.   

The fashions on the runway are to be appropriate for “family oriented viewing.” The College reserves the right to reject any work that is deemed unsuitable for a show that is to be viewed by all ages or does not adhere to the theme of the show.  Artists are to provide their own models for the runway show.
 
Notification of intent to participate in the show along with the submission of information on the designer, the designs, and the accessories are to be sent to Steve O. Black at
blackst@grayson.edu or (903) 463-8662 no later than Monday, April 14. 

Model make-up by the GC Cosmetology Department will begin at 1:00 p.m. on the Municipal grounds (specific location will be determined at a later date).  Models are to line-up at the back of the gazebo on the lawn of the Municipal Building.  The “Trashion Runway Show begins at 2:45 p.m.
 
For additional information on the Trashion Fashion Show and/or a prospectus for the show contact Steve O. Black at (903) 463-8662 or e-mail to
blackst@grayson.edu .