A week’s worth of trash is in creative flux as the Sonoma Community Center prepares for the seven days of Trashion Fashion. Back-to-back runway shows of recycled couture, Barbie dolls—“reclaimed and re-invented”—will be on display and for sale, dogs will walk the catwalk in canine couture, and the whole community will have access to classes on such fashionable subjects as Bike Tube Jewelry Making, and Trash Art for the Garden.
The Trashion Fashion rules are simple: Anything goes, as long as it’s trash. And that term is interpreted with a certain amount of flexibility, allowing for almost anything as long as it’s not new or unused. As the official entry form states, Trashion Fashionistas can utilize any materials “considered junk, or (that) would have ended up in the landfill if you hadn’t rescued them for art.” Art is, of course, in the eye of the beholder, but some of the outfits revealed on the Trashion Fashion runway would rival the best of Milan.
Materials used have included decommissioned fire hoses, soda cans, school lunch menus and trays, potato chip bags, coffee bags, water bottles, egg cartons, CDs, supermarket price tags, Gorilla tape, newspapers, solar eclipse glasses, pizza boxes, 35-mm movie film, birthday cards, macaw feathers, sushi trays, place mats, bubble wrap, dog food bags, birdseed bags, wine bottle foil, wine corks, fresh produce, candy wrappers, used paper plates, plastic spoons, pompoms, paint rags, magnolia leaves, men’s ties, dryer sheets, Christmas tree tinsel, kitty litter bags, kitchen implements, a soccer ball, toilet paper rolls, magazines, toilet tank floats, bamboo, a street sweeper disc, mop heads, dialysis tubing, surgical masks, turkey inseminators, prescription bottles, miscellaneous dumpster material and eucalyptus tree buds.
Dogs on the Catwalk Strut Their Stuff
Renowned recology artist Jeanine Briggs offers her version of a reinvented Barbie in this leather-wrapped wonder named Queen of the Underworld. All the elements of her wardrobe are recycled or discarded scraps. Barbies will be on display, and up for bid, in Gallery 212 at the Sonoma Community Center, from April 4 to 12. An opening reception will be held there April 4, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 4, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Barbie, Reclaimed and Reinvented, exhibit and silent auction. Gallery 212, Sonoma Community Center. Admission $1.
Saturday, April 6
Ninth Annual Trashion Fashion Runway Show
Shows at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall, 126 First Street West, Sonoma For tickets go to svbo.org or call 707.938.4642. ext. 1.
Sunday, April 7, 11 a.m.
Dogs on the Catwalk, Trashion Fashion for Dogs!
At the Community Center. Free admission.
Monday, April 8
“Trash Art for the Garden,” gardening seminar
7 to 8 p.m., Room 110, Sonoma Community Center. Free admission.
Tuesday, April 9
Encaustic Collage Class
6 to 9 p.m., Room 208, Sonoma Community Center. $60/$54 members.
Wednesday, April 10
“Preparing the Unplanned Meal” culinary class
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Kitchen, Sonoma Community Center. $70/$63 members.
Thursday, April 11
Bike Tube jewelry-making class
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Room 201, Sonoma Community Center. $70/$63 members.
Friday, April 12
Trashion Week “Wrap-Up” party and craft sale
5 to 7:30 p.m., Sonoma Community Center. Pay-what-you-can admission.