Local teens prepare for Recycled Runway fashion show
In the guided independent study workshop run through Boulder’s Common Threads Creative Lab, 18 middle and high school students designed and made garments from found materials, which in past years have included candy wrappers, trash bags and plastic cups. They’ll wear their creations or, in a few cases, have a model wear them in Tuesday’s fashion show, which is judged by area artists and designers.
“What these kids accomplish and what they get out of it it is so huge that I can’t not do it,” said Sarah Tracy, Recycled Runway’s director. “It makes the subject of sustainability so much more exciting and interesting.”
Participants, who must apply to the program, work together and with two co mentors to problem solve issues of material collection, vision execution, garment fit and good design.
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“There’s a lot of glue gunning, staples, rivets,” Tracy said. “They learn as they go or they wing it.”
Tracy said she’s always impressed with the students’ creations and their professionalism. Plus, she said, they learn much more than fashion design.
“I want them to begin to get used to thinking big with all of their goals, to get practice in the idea that their success has everything to do with seeing something through,” she said.
Dacy Luneberg, a senior at Boulder High who moved here two years ago from Burundi, has aspirations of becoming a fashion designer, fusing African prints with western style.
For the competition, she’s making a dress out of brown paper bags decorated using paint and a stamp that she made, creating prints in red, black, white and burnt yellow Pandora Bracelets .
Sarah Tracy makes suggestions to Dacy Luneburg, a Boulder High School senior, on working with her design’s seams as part of Pandora Bracelets the Recycled Runway project at Common Threads in Boulder on Friday afternoon. (Paul Aiken / Daily Camera)
Anna Daly, a Boulder High sophomore, won an award for best construction in last year’s competition, even through she had never having made clothes and can’t sew Pandora Bracelets .
This year, she’s making a floor length ball gown out of shipping materials, with packing peanuts strung together using fishing line for the skirt and foam wrapping forming the base.
“I’m at the point where I can finally see what it’s going to look like,” she said. “It’s turning out pretty well I love to make stuff. I want to go to design school when I graduate.”
Avi Saliman, a freshman at Boulder High, will be a novice in the competition, but has the advantage of extensive design experience.
He started in seventh grade with costume design, then creating a series of original designs for an eighth grade project after learning the basics of garment construction from an established Boulder designer.
“Fashion design is really fun,” he said. “You get to be creative. You get to express yourself in a different way.”
For the runway show, he made a dress out of an old trampoline mat. He said he was expecting the mesh material to be easy to work with, but instead “it falls apart and it frays and it’s scratchy, so it cuts you.”