The Lopez Island Library is thrilled to present the glamour, creativity and pure joy of the artists featured in Trashion Fashion Couture 2016. Curious? Read on and don’t miss this remarkable exhibit.
Trashion (a portmanteau of “trash” and “fashion”) is a term for art, jewelry, 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 and gained in usage through 2005. 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. Trashion is a philosophy and an ethic encompassing environmentalism and innovation. Making traditional objects out of recycled materials can be trashion, as can making avant-garde fashion from cast-offs or junk. It springs from a desire to make the best use of limited resources.
The ability to look at trash or recycling, not as waste but as material for art and costumes is a practice. This practice grows with each repetition, each iteration. Each year, our Lopez Island Trashion Fashionistas build and refine their skills. The costumes you see exhibited are this year’s expression of turning cast offs into couture. Each was featured in the Trashion Fashion show in August of 2016 at the Lopez Center for the Arts and Community.
MARY BAYWATER CROSS
PATTY WARD / KYLIE WILLEMSEN
LILLI MOORISH/ JUNIPER BLOMBERG