As it is usual for my action-based art making self, I have taken on another project. This one consists of transferring some of my handmade plastic-bag Creatures Of Habitat tutu designs (see photo below) into one lovely and model worthy “UPcycled” wearable art piece.
WHY? Because this organization in my hometown of Pittsfield, Alchemy Initiative, is hosting their annual Earth Day event and invited folks to design something from used materials, clothes, etc. Of course, my tutus are fabulous for this idea and they must be included! BUT I had to go the next step and challenge myself even further to create a complete outfit out of the bags that only a dancer could don as she burres on her tippity toes and tappity taps with her digging heels down the runway. To give you an idea of how far I could take this, how I humor myself when I have an hour to spare (or procrastinate doing my taxes) and to peak your curiosity about what I will actually be making and who actually will be wearing it….I made this little slideshow movie. You can tell by the dialogue that my recent experience as Sara in STOP KISS with the Town Players has heavily influenced my behavior here.
To view this video fullscreen just click here. If you are entertained or even dumbfounded by my silly movie, then come by the UP-Cycle Event on April 22nd in Pittsfield on Melville St. and see what all the garbage is about! There is a lot to explore. The Fashion Show, a Silent Auction, Dance Party and a Clothes Swap (the next day) will keep you in the upcycle mood. You could even bid on my piece too! Enjoy!