At the Festival of Arts fashion present, the outfits are made from lottery tickets and paint chips – OCRegister

Lottery tickets. Bubble wrap. Paint chips. Crayon wrappers.  These are only a few of the gadgets that made up the outfits in the Festival Runway Fashion Present at the Festival of Arts, Saturday, August 12.

Fashions walked the runway sporting “discovered” designs – wherein a minimum of 80 p.c of the materials is reclaimed, reused or recycled – from seven artists.

The runway present was hosted by actress Kate Flannery, recognized for her position in “The Workplace.”

That is the ninth yr for the present, organized by particular occasions director Susan Davis. Davis stated she got here up with the concept after attending a theater manufacturing in Los Angeles the place all the things was made from gadgets discovered at a 99-cent retailer.

“I assumed we might do some superb issues if we had a fashion present and had our artists creating ensembles,” Davis stated.

As a substitute of making appears to be like with gadgets discovered at the 99-cent retailer, Davis determined appears to be like can be made from recycled supplies.

“It has grown and develop into extremely aggressive, which stimulates folks to do larger and higher and higher issues,” she stated.

One notable look by ceramics artist Richard Moren was a gown made of ,600 lottery tickets, price greater than $four,800.

One other standout piece was a gown by acrylic painter Brad Elsberry. The look was made of plastic water bottles, plastic soda bottles and plastic meals bins all painted with sundown colours.

After the runway present, the public and judges got the alternative to have a look at how the outfits have been made earlier than the winners have been introduced.

Fashion present winners:

Most artistic idea: Elizabeth McGhee

Most fun ensemble: Brad Elsberry

Most revolutionary use of supplies: Kirsten Whalen

Most “crimson carpet”-worthy creation: Richard Moren

Folks’s alternative award: Richard Moren


It wasn’t simply the supplies that have been uncommon for a fashion present. The artists featured weren't fashion designers.

“Now we have individuals who are ceramists, sculptures, painters, folks from all completely different artwork types are competing,” Davis stated. “They are artists and artistic thinkers. They present an unimaginable capacity to step outdoors of their space of experience and provide you with these unimaginable items.”

Mike Tauber, a ceramic artist, introduced his artwork type to his design – a gown made of paint chips.

“I’m utilizing paint chips like the shade of the ocean,” Tauber stated. “I’m calling it the paint chip gown. I wished to do one thing enjoyable at the pageant that’s past my common sales space and my tile work. I wished to do one thing a bit of loopy.”

Tauber does work of the ocean and landscapes. The blue and inexperienced paint chips present in the gown are his regular shade palette.

His mannequin, Sophie Higuchi, works at the floor crew at the Festival of Arts. She helped Tauber with the gown by constructing a bodice of duct tape, whereas Tauber connected paint chips with sizzling glue. The outfit additionally featured a headpiece made of sea shells.

“Fingers crossed it holds collectively. I’m fairly nervous,” Tauber stated earlier than the present.

Elizabeth McGhee, an oil painter, has been collaborating in the runway present for eight years—first as a mannequin earlier than getting into designs of her personal.

On Saturday, McGhee modeled a gown with a bodice made from crayon wrappers laced collectively.

“I used leftover craft provides,” McGhee stated. “I used greater than 600 crayon wrappers and sewed them and laced all of them collectively to make the bodice of the gown. I went for a playful, youngsters-craft-provide gown.”

Along with the crayon-wrapper bodice, the bows have been made from purple duct tape and the skirt and collar have been made from scrap building paper from kids’s artwork lessons McGhee teaches by the Laguna Outreach Neighborhood Arts.

“It’s one other method of exercising my mind. It’s like taking part in. Getting to unravel the drawback of placing a gown collectively,” she stated.

After the runway present, McGhee plans to show her gown at her sales space at the Festival of Arts.

The outfit, she jokes, could also be her Halloween costume.

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