Who knew trash could be so spirited? The beauty and functionality of things we waste is an annual take away. My Trash Fashion crew makes discoveries with every material we set in our sights. Rubbish's infinite resources can be transformed into works of wearable art. It takes personal drive and raw experimentation to find out whats ripe for runways in trash heaps from Kailua-Kona to Kenya.
Our world doesn't have solutions for most of the plastic running amok on the planet. Trash fashion teaches me and my comrades how to give new life to materials we've been taught to toss.
Like my pool tube. Who knew one little hole would render the entire tube useless? And that our pool's whole vacuum system depends on this particular plastic #6 tube with the specific end that only fits in our brand of pool pump? (Its called designed for the dump youtu.be/N-u9pevSkuc ) I came in contact with this design strategy when we had to completely replace our 55$ tube instead of our $3000 pool pump (my first world issue yes but still an issue) due to one microscopic hole in the tube I never did find.
Feeling lame about another 25 feet of plastic leaching lord knows how much methane into my kid's air from our landfill sciencing.com/effects-landfills-environment-8662463.html and duped by yet another manufacturer caring more for their profit than preventing waste always makes me wonder about creating a new way. What if I do something else?
What a great opportunity to see what/how I could make a tube the width of a thumb, the length of a three-point shot, and the color of a cresting wave into something groovy looking. After 50 hours and a handful of needle-poking injuries, my jersey-inspired look was runway ready.
I cut circular plastic into curved embellishments adding flare and flow reminiscent of feathers. I removed the crotch seam from my so-stained-they-could-walk-by-themselves work trunks of yesteryear and sewed it into a skirt. The brilliant blue upholstery cut from the vintage lazy boy forced to retire last summer, I sewed on top the beloved camo skort for a new look.
Who knew it was so easy to turn baggy shorts into a cute skirt?
Who knew cutting up a pool tube would make it malleable?
Who knew all of this would only use up two ft of a 25 ft tube?
By thinking like a trashionista, I make connections, discoveries, and put valuable time towards the kind of research and development necessary to rid our planet of its plastic tide. I get re-inspired because I run face first again into how many plastic residuals we have yet to tackle.
Kids love to get creative about opala and strut the green runway too!
Krista Joan says:
My mission is to teach, train, and testify in resistance to the white supremacy of my ancestors. My personal choices are political, powerful, and practical. Let's trash waste.