Call for Artists – Bainbridge Island ReFashion Show 2023 – Deadline for submission, January 29, 2023

BI ReFashion 2023 Call for Artists v3 (1)Bainbridge Island ReFashion Trashion Show is an entertaining runway fashion show, sponsored by Bainbridge Island Zero Waste, an initiative of Sustainable Bainbridge, featuring a variety of outrageously creative garments made from an assortment of recycled materials, such as used textiles or used clothing and much more.

The goal is to spread awareness of our global trash issues that plague not just land, but sea. The call for artists is going on now — sketch proposal deadline is January 29, 2023 for the 2023 ReFashion Show, which will be held at IslandWood on May 21, 2023.

All ages are welcome to submit (if you are under 18, you must have parental/guardian permission), and you may submit up to three designs. This year there will be three categories, including one new one:

  • Upcycled Ready-to-wear: Outfits submitted to this category should be made from used textiles or used clothing. If using articles of clothing, they must be altered significantly from what they started out as. Newer notions allowed for closures (e.g., zippers, buttons, etc).
  • Mystery Box: Outfits must be made using the materials from a box of mystery items supplied by the committee. Mystery box designers do not need to send sketches, just request a box by January 29 and pick up the box by February 3.
  • Connections: What kind of connections do we see around us? What connections can we strengthen through ReFashion? Webs, roots, neural networks, communication networks, computer systems, woven fibers, mycelia, synapses, arteries, food webs, and quantum entanglement are ideas for networks that can be explored in your outfit.

Entry Guidelines:

  • All entries must be complete outfits. If your model can wear what you made without any store-bought clothing (other than shoes and undergarments), you are good.
  • ​Models must be able to move around freely and sit down in their outfit.
  • You must submit detailed sketches, to be juried, along with a list of raw materials that will be used. Entries will not be accepted after the January 29th deadline date.
  • All designers, if chosen, must provide their own models. Diverse models encouraged – all ages, gender, and ethnicity.
  • You must be present for the event on May 21, 2023, at IslandWood 1-4pm, with a walk-through dress rehearsal TBD.

refashion-logoFor additional information, visit: REfashion Trashion Show – REFASHIONBAINBRIDGE. All entrants must fill out this application form. You may submit up to 3 entries total. For questions, please email Naomi Spinak.

A little history: In 2005, a group of islanders got together to discuss the needs of sustainability on Bainbridge Island, and in 2006 Sustainable Bainbridge was 0sustainable-bi-logo-20formed. Their goals ranged from preserving our delicate environment, waterways and shorelines to engaging the community, businesses and local government in creating economic and social programs that will make Bainbridge Island a healthy and sustainable environment for everyone to enjoy.

Sustainable Bainbridge has since created a variety of programs and initiatives, ranging from exploration and monitoring of our beaches and near-shore areas with trained naturalists, creating a lighter footprint by supporting and sustaining our pedestrian walking paths, trails, sidewalks, and bike paths, eradicating noxious and invasive weeds, such as the Scotch Broom plant, promoting local food use and much, much more.

zero_waste_logoOne such initiative is Bainbridge Island Zero Waste, a program that encourages the reduction of waste produced by our community through recycling, reusing, composting, disposal of special recyclables and the community re-use of items you no longer want or need, but may appeal to others (several businesses around the island will take items for recycling/reuse, for a complete list of businesses and recyclable/reusable items, click here). In addition to The Bainbridge Island ReFashion Trashion Show, they sponsor and/or support a variety of programs and events throughout the year, to learn more, click here.  They also strongly encourage re-thinking single-use containers by bringing your cups and utensils for take-out foods, and reusable containers for restaurant leftovers.

*Images provided by Bainbridge Island ReFashion Trashion Show

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