They arrived smudged and smelly, pine needles and twigs poking their heads; they usually have been all bare, in determined want of clothes. It was time for “Barbie Spa Day” and Trashion Trend.
“We clear them, sanitize them, shampoo them and clear issues out of their hair. We give them the complete therapy,” stated Eric Jackson, artistic applications supervisor at Sonoma Neighborhood Middle.
Trashion Trend, now in its eleventh 12 months, has grown in recognition since its inception. The annual occasion relies on recycling and repurposing gadgets – so-called trash – for artists to create outfits for Barbie dolls and people who mannequin their artistic couture on a catwalk.
In 2019, the final time the occasion was held in particular person, there was standing-room-only attendance and folks needed to be turned away. The 2020 pandemic disrupted the continuity, however in 2021 Trashion Trend is again.
Like many different occasions, Trashion Trend can’t be held in particular person, however the common trend present, demonstrating what will be completed with what has been thrown away, can be stay broadcast on Saturday, April 10. Main as much as that can be a collection of different occasions together with artist talks; demonstrations on the best way to create baskets, items and different gadgets out of plastic, cardboard and different recyclables; and, in fact, the Barbie Gallery.
Why Barbies? The dolls have “a brief life span and can’t be recycled,” Jackson stated. “So we use them as a base for a brand new murals.”
By means of a partnership with Recology Sonoma Marin, dozens of Barbies are diverted from the landfill and put aside for Trashion Trend. Recology’s new public training supervisor, Marie Kneemeyer, helped facilitate the gathering of the dolls.
“I used to be capable of work with our operations crew and capable of procure a barrel of Barbies,” she stated. Delivering them to the neighborhood middle “was actually humorous, like some shady backdoor deal.”
Kneemeyer can be a decide for the designer runway competitors and can be a featured artist within the Artist Discuss collection. On April 6 she’s going to reveal the best way to weave a basket utilizing plastic baggage. A full record of occasions is on-line at sonomacommunitycenter.org/trashion-fashion-week-2021.
“I’ve at all times been actually, actually captivated with zero waste. I’ve completed completely different sorts of upcycle trash artwork items all through my life,” Kneemeyer stated.
Plastic baggage have at all times “pissed off” her. They get into streams, fill landfills and might gum up recycling equipment. “I’ve seen them floating in our ocean and tumbling down the road. It breaks my coronary heart to see that.”
The subsequent smartest thing to not having plastic baggage exist in any respect, she stated, is to reuse them. She is going to reveal the best way to use “plarn,” plastic yarn, which is principally strips of plastic that she’s going to weave right into a basket.
As one of many judges of the fashions coming down the catwalk, Kneemeyer stated she’ll be in search of artistic makes use of of “discovered objects and supplies” that may create patterns and textures. She’ll search for how the type of the outfit enhances the human kind.
“That sort of play between the human kind and the discovered object on the human physique,” she stated. “I like seeing a very sturdy use of shade. Whether or not it’s like a really thrilling enjoyable palette or extra monochrome, only a sensible or artistic method of utilizing shade.”
She is very to see how designers use strategies to “trick the attention” into making a “cohesive piece that doesn’t appear to be trash.”
Spencer Morton, a Sonoma highschool graduate and former Trashion Trend participant, returns to the runway after attending a Manchester Trend Institute in London the place they (most popular pronoun) studied trend promotion.
Morton’s entry this 12 months has a “lengthy historical past” within the household. What began as a tablecloth turned a desk runner and curtains and was “used across the household residence for the final 15 years,” Morton stated.
“It actually is up-cycled,” Morton stated.
The fabric is now a robe with an identical headpiece that Morton will put on down the catwalk.
One other artist returning to the catwalk is one who’s answerable for bringing Trashion Trend to the Sonoma stage 11 years in the past. Margaret Hatcher, who was in control of fiber arts on the neighborhood middle, launched the primary Trashion present.
She says she didn’t develop the idea, however “thought it could be a enjoyable concept one time. It was so common the primary 12 months it by no means stopped,” Hatcher stated. Trashion is a “enjoyable method of repurposing issues as an alternative of simply sending it proper to the landfill. Not every thing is recyclable,” she stated.
Taking part as an artist made her conscious of how a lot will get thrown away. “It made me extremely conscious of the byproduct of being human proper now, with all of the packaging” we generate, Hatcher stated.
Her 2021 entry is made out of plastic soil-amendment baggage. “They’re very colourful. I see it virtually as (material) yardage.”
Her outfit, which she needs to maintain a little bit of a secret till the catwalk unveiling, is “very thematic,” she stated.
Hatcher’s work can be judged by three judges together with a newcomer to Sonoma, however one well-versed in designing for dolls. Singaporean Barbie doll collector Jian Yang turns peculiar rest room paper into “impeccable work,” Jackson stated. Yang’s rest room paper clothes are high fashion, and one can be submitted within the Barbie gallery.
Jackson stated he “was blown away” by the craftsmanship this 12 months and although he’s disenchanted that Trashion Trend can’t be in particular person once more, going digital has opened up different potentialities for increasing the viewers.
The Barbie Gallery is open at Trashion Trend now by April 10, chosen hours solely on the neighborhood middle, at 276 E. Napa St.. A docent will escort teams of 4 at a time; these can join a 20-minute limited-audience gallery appointment.
Zoom-based artist talks and demonstrations are each day April 6 to eight, and a “sneak peek” of the runway present and a behind-the-scenes look into how designers provide you with their creations is carried through YouTube on April 9.
The stay broadcast of the Trashion Trend Present is at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 10. Tickets are $10 at https://sonomacommunitycenter.org/trashion-fashion-week-2021/.