Judd to Discuss Eco-Fashions in Lecture, Conduct "Trash-to-Fash" Workshop
Imagine a faux fur coat made with endless loops of cassette tape, a glamorous floor-length evening gown glittering with thousands of pieces of crushed glass, or a flamenco-inspired dress made of origami junk mail fans sewed together like fish scales.
Nancy Judd, whose elegant eco-fashions have inspired many to view trash with new eyes, will discuss her work in a Chautauqua lecture and conduct a “Trash-to-Fash” workshop when she visits Eastern Kentucky University on Tuesday, March 4. The workshop will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 320A of the Campbell Building. Then, at 7:30 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building, Judd will present “Recycle Runway: Environmental Education through Beauty,” discussing how she uses her couture sculptures fashioned from trash to raise awareness about environmental issues and the path she took to such an unusual and exciting career.
Both the workshop and lecture are free and open to the public and are also part of the University’s participation in RecycleMania 2014.
Judd’s fashions are exhibited in international high-traffic venues such as museums, airports and shopping centers. Her “ReDress: Upcycled Style” exhibition, containing 18 of her works, is touring museums around the U.S., and one of her most important pieces, the Obamanos Coat, is part of the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. Some of her eco-fashions are created in public workshops, such as Eco Flamenco, which was completed during a 19-day event in Grand Rapids, Mich., that drew 5,000 people.
A self-taught seamstress, Judd has been working in the field of recycling and waste management since 1990, mostly in New Mexico. With environmental education at the heart of her work, Judd’s goal is to inspire people in a positive, fun and creative context to live lighter.
Participants in the afternoon workshop will create high-fashion Derby hats from reclaimed Keeneland programs. Materials will be provided.
Sponsors of Judd’s visit to EKU are the Office of Sustainability, the Environmental Sustainability and Stewardship Program, the Department of Arts and Design, the Office of Graduate Education and Research, the Honors Program and the Student Government Association.
Published on February 18, 2014