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Trash’n Fashion


Get on board with our 2018 Trash’n Fashion series, where we upcycle unexpected materials into fun, functional, and fashionable outfits! We’ll be collecting materials and tools in January- February, working on costumes and clothes in February-March, and planning the finale showcase towards the end April.

Keep your eyes peeled on this page here, which will be updated with helpful info, important dates, fun programs, how to get involved, and submission guidelines for the Trash’n  Fashion showcase in April 2018!!

Wait, what’s Trashion? What’s up-cycyling?

From Wikipedia:

Trashion (a portmanteau of “trash” and “fashion”) is a term for art, jewellery, fashion and objects for the home created from used, thrown-out, found and repurposed elements. The term was first coined in New Zealand in 2004[1] and gained in usage through 2005.[2] Trashion is a subgenre of found art, which is basically using objects that already have some other defined purpose, and turning it into art. In this case, trash is used.

Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. Upcycling is the opposite of downcycling, which is the other half of the recycling process. Downcycling involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser quality. Most recycling involves converting or extracting useful materials from a product and creating a different product or material.[1]


Flyers for upcoming programs will soon be posted here. However, registration on our e-calendar is already open! No experience required, just bring your imagination!

Upcycled Accessories /  February 8, 2018 / 3:30-4:30 pm

At this week’s activity we’ll play with new materials and make some unique bracelets and earrings.

Mood Boarding /  March 1, 2018 / 3:30-4:30 pm

We’ll dream the biggest dreams and use discarded magazines and books to make a personalized and inspirational mood board!

Dress Making Basics /  March 22, 2018 / 3:30-4:30 pm

Today we’ll review the basic structure of a dress, and use a dummy to make an experimental piece, which will hopefully be wearable…

Trash’n Fashion Showcase / All are invited to participate and attend / Date and location TBD!


Interested in upcycling and recycling, but can’t make the programs? Or, perhaps you have garment making skills to share? We’re gearing up for a showcase event around Earth Day in April. Ask how you can help out, share skills, or donate materials.