The Denver PostLocal teens prepare for Recycled Runway fashion show.
Boulder County teens are turning trash into wearable art for the fifth annual Recycled Runway fashion show on Tuesday at the Boulder Theater.
In the guided independent study workshop run through Boulder's Common Threads Creative Lab, 18 middle and high school students designed and made garments from found materials, which in past years have included candy wrappers, trash bags and plastic cups. They'll wear their creations — or, in a few cases, have a model wear them — in Tuesday's fashion show, which is judged by area artists and designers.
"What these kids accomplish and what they get out of it it is so huge that I can't not do it," said Sarah Tracy, Recycled Runway's director. "It makes the subject of sustainability so much more exciting and interesting."
Participants, who must apply to the program, work together and with two co-mentors to problem solve issues of material collection, vision execution, garment fit and good design.
Fashion design experience and garment construction skills are optional.
"There's a lot of glue gunning, staples, rivets," Tracy said. "They learn as they go or they wing it."
Tracy said she's always impressed with the students' creations and their professionalism. Plus, she said, they learn much more than fashion design.