Sonoma fashionistas – start saving your trash. That’s because the Sonoma Community Center is now gearing up for Earth Month in April, which means another chance for the community to participate in upcoming annual Trashion Fashion events.
Official entry forms and rules are now available for anyone curious about creative and sustainable opportunities to, as SCC event officials say, “turn trash into treasure.”
Participants can make original clothes – wearable works of art that will parade on the catwalk of Trashion Fashion. Both amateurs and professionals, individuals or groups, aged 9 and over are invited to participate. The only rules are that outfits must be made from materials that have already been used, found at thrift stores, or scavenged from the trash. Awards will be presented in various categories and entries will be showcased at the 12th annual “Trashion Fashion Show” scheduled for Saturday, April 2 at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building.
“What’s great is that everyone’s interpretation of this creative challenge is different and celebrated,” Eric Jackson, Creative Programs Manager, said in an announcement of the festivities. “It’s great to see retirees, school children, established local artists and home-grown artisans all featured on the same stage. It really is a community thing.
In preparation for the main show, children aged 9 to 17 can sign up for the next Trashion fashion design class, starting February 19, where students will receive tools, materials and advice to build their own garment from unconventional materials from start to finish. . Class registration will also include the student registration fee for the Trashion Runway Show.
There are also other ways for the community to participate. It’s possible to save a plastic Barbie doll from landfills by turning her into a recycled centerpiece. These new works of art will be featured in Gallery 212’s exhibition and silent auction, “Barbie: Reclaimed and Reinvented.” Mail-in Barbie entries will be accepted, which means almost anyone, anywhere can enter. “Entrants are encouraged to have fun, to be inventive, to interpret the project as they see fit, but to use only recycled materials and wholesome imagery,” CSC officials said in the announcement.
Thanks in part to a partnership with Recology – Sonoma Marin, free dolls are available to the community on a first-come, first-served basis at the Sonoma Community Center. During this time, performers are encouraged to use their own dolls if they have them. All of Barbie’s creations will be auctioned off at the end of Trashion Fashion, with proceeds going to Community Center programs.
The third event is for local dog owners interested in upcycling materials into fun costumes for their pooch: they can enter the Trashion “Dogs on the Catwalk” fashion contest. Judges will be on hand to award each four-legged entry based on their participation in the event scheduled for April 9 at the Sonoma Community Center.
Deadlines to participate in Trashion events begin March 1. “March and April may seem like a long way off, but now is the time to consider what’s in your trash and trash,” Jackson said. “There are so many ways a person can participate – what will you gain?”
For event entry forms, rules and more information, visit TrashionFashionSonoma.org or call 707-938-4626, ext. 3, Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All event registration fees are used to support the arts and educational programming of the center.