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Not in  New York for fashion week? If you happen to be flying through Atlanta’s international airport be sure to check out Nancy Judd’s Recycle Runway fashions.  Judd brings new life to things that have outlived their original purpose and displays these intricate items in high traffic locations like shopping malls and airports.

Aluminum Drop Dress

Photos by Eric Swanson


Jacket made from old cassette tape

(Photo by Sandrine Hahn)

(And this is a cassette tape, kids.)



Rusty Nails


(Photos Courtesy of Nancy Judd)




The Textile Arts Center has decided to take a grand turn of events in the way the blog is being run.  Now Friday’s are dedicated to post ideas submitted by you, our loyal reader, and cleverly called | By You |.  If you have an idea for a great post then please send it to It an be anything from textiles, fashion, interesting art, sustainability, etc. etc.  I am open to all ideas.  Then each Friday I will pick one to blog about.  I hope you are as excited about this as I am, it will be a very fun, interactive endeavor and a chance for me to see what is important to you.

Our first submission comes to you courtesy of: Lucy Thomason

About the writer — Lucy Thomason posts articles for the Event Planning Career Blog, her personal hobby weblog focused on tips to help people discover ways to organize a green event to spend less energy and reduce carbon footprints.

A Genuine Story:  From an Ann Arbor Couple

It was in August 2010, the Ann Arbor couple (Engel and Dyer) were married in a green outdoor ceremony and reception near the Huron River fit to pay homage to their shared love of the planet and the outdoors.

Most people would like to try a green wedding, but when they hear about what it really entails they end up going a different route. Our heroes Engel and Dyer made the decision they wouldn’t be able to keep everything totally green, but were going to try their hardest. And the most essential element was to make the day informative as well as fun for guests.

They organized the marriage ceremony at a science and nature center where tours were offered to guests in the hour before they walked down the aisle. The tour featured different water and energy conservation systems used at the center like the solar-panel arrays for electricity, solar-powered heating and water heater systems and no-flush compost toilets.

The couple also focused on little details they said make a big difference.

– Dyer wore an heirloom – a vintage green dress that had been her great-grandmother’s in the 1930’s.

– Her ring was made with recycled gold and had a beryl stone instead of a diamond.

– Her makeup was certified organic.

– Guests were given local lavender buds – rather than sachets of rice – to throw in celebration.

– Tables were covered with local wildflowers and locally sourced foods.

– Leftovers and unused food were recycled (by sending to local farms) or reused.

– They found a generator which was solar powered and able to produce enough power to run the lights and the sound system they needed for the rock band.

For all their efforts, they still made some choices they knew weren’t the most eco-friendly options.  While they served Michigan white wine beverages and a Michigan sparkling cider, they couldn’t find a red from the state they liked. So they decided to have a red from the U.S. for that option. And they could’ve gone with Internet invitations rather than printing and mailing invitations, but Dyer said she felt paper invitations were important – on recycled paper, of course.

So, what can you do to green up your big day?

While green weddings are becoming more common, planning and pulling off the event is not as easy as one could imagine.  Sorting through claims of environmentally friendliness when shopping in the present marketplace is a big enough challenge for standard purchases, let alone for such an emotionally charged and personal event as a wedding.

The best way to reduce the impact of an event is to perform a life cycle analysis on different elements of the marriage. For instance, where is that food coming from, how much energy is expended to produce it, how does it get to your plate and where do the leftovers go?  Meat typically takes more energy to produce than fruits and vegetables, considering how far some fruits and vegetables need to travel might let them have a larger carbon footprint. The best way to cut back on an event’s carbon footprint is to cut back on the number of guests invited. Fewer guests mean fewer meals, fewer needs for centerpieces and other decor and fewer miles traveled to reach the ceremony.

The trend toward green weddings certainly isn’t new, but industry professionals say it has evolved to allow married couples to incorporate their unique personal preferences and still afford their special day.

It is my belief that accessories can make or break an outfit.  You can have the most boring collection of clothing, but if you have a striking belt, glitzy jewelry, or a big floppy hat you can create an unforgettable look.  That is why when you stop by 505 Carroll Street TOMORROW be sure to stop by the 4 accessory designers’ tables.

Designer: Shannon South of reMade USA is gracing the Center with her fabulous “upcycled” one-of-a-kind leather accessories.  Shannon sources her worn in, loved for ages leather at second-hand stores and disassembles them so she can construct beautiful bags through the inspiration of the original jacket.  The beauty of the bag is in the wear of the previous owner; the imperfections of the leather tells the story of its previous life and lets the bag be the storybook.  reMade USA was born out of the concern with creating yet another product to add to the gazillions already on this planet. Shannon has a strong belief that if one is to be a product designer, there’s an important responsibility in thinking about what materials might do to the environment and how the people manufacturing them are being affected.

Panelist / Designer: Margarita Mileva of M2 Jewelry and her stunning rubber band necklaces will be present at Fashion’s Night Out: Celebrating “Slow”.  If you didn’t see the previous post about her jewelry you can read the entire version here. An architect and jewelry maker, took one office’s trash and turned the into intricate jewelry pieces that have taken the world by storm.  Most recently she has submitted her new Rubber Band Pin Designs to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago gift shop and her designs were recently featured in Art Show – an international contemporary and modern art fair held annually in May.  The pieces definitely speak for themselves.  Accompanying Margarita’s jewelry is her jaw-dropping rubber band dress.  Just see what the TAC Kids had to say:  “Wow you made that?” – Anonymous Kid 1  “How did you DO that?” – Anonymous Kid 2  “I want to wear it!” – Me

Designer: Jennifer Sarkilahti of {Odette} is an artist in New York City who designs and crafts her distinctive collection, Odette New York, out of her Brooklyn studio.  Since launching in 2006, Odette New York has been featured in magazines Lucky, InStyle and People StyleWatch and worn by celebrities like Taylor Swift.  Her designs are inspired by organic and industrial shapes, natural specimens, antique artifacts, and travel mementos; made using ancient and modern wax carving techniques and hand fabrication.  Gotta love tiny little treasures that can be worn around your neck or on your finger.  I especially love her petit collection, which I may have told you before, but I can’t say it enough.  I love tiny, beautiful things.

NEW Rising Tide Fair Trade have joined the festivities with their one-of-a-kind bags.  Rising Tide Fair Trade works with artisans in developing countries who earn a fair wage, enabling them to support their families and achieve a sustainable business operation. The fair trade artisans we work with earn roughly 60 percent more than they would for comparable factory jobs. Since most of the artisans have the choice to work from home, they can tend to their children while contributing to the family income.  percentage of our profits are donated to philanthropic programs that educate and equip under served young women with the skills needed to secure employment or start a business.

Each of these design lines will be available during the shopping hours that begins at 8:30pm. You can also participate in the exciting FREE workshops that will be going on simultaneously to the shopping hours.  We have natural dying, Bags for the People, and Sewing Rebellion all lined up and eager to show participants how to sew, dye, and repair damaged clothing.  Listen to the bumping tunes of DJ Whistlepunk, eat, drink, and be merry.

**Also, don’t forget to bring any old, worn out, unused clothing for Wearable Collections.  Clean out your closet for all the awesome new duds you are going to buy!  Can’t wait to see you there.