Story last updated at 2:29 p.m. Thursday, November 7, 2002

Wearable Arts draws new, recycled garments
by Carey James
Staff Writer

photo: entertainment

  Photo by Carey James, Homer News
Tocia Tymrak models a mask and shawl at a rehearsal Sunday at The Studio.  
An adult version of dress-up, complete with fancy and flounce, played out in The Studio last Sunday as models and designers alike flitted around trying on dresses, vests and shawls of every imaginable shape, size and material.

"That is so terrible," exclaimed an onlooker as a model flounced around in an insulation boa. "I love it."

Wearable Arts Fashion Show

  • Where: Land's End Quarter Deck

  • When: Friday, 6:30 & 9 p.m.

  • Tickets: $10

  • More Info: 235-5380

  • A similar scene has played out biannually in Homer as the Wearable Arts Show prepares for its big night. This year, in addition to glorious and glamorous clothing, a significant chunk of the show will focus on recycled frocks, and we're not just talking reused cloth. Many items took the prompt to use recycled materials to a new level this year, choosing to use fish net, plastic bags, building materials and even broken cups, to name a few.

    "People have always done recyclable stuff," said one of the event organizers, Lynne Burt. "But this year there's a different level of energy. It's very exciting."

    Two well-known recyclers will stand as judges of the recycled section this year, which will constitute as much as two-thirds of the fashion show. Dale Banks of Loopy Lupine Recycled Products and Mike Kennedy, the former owner of Last Chance, will serve as jurors for the reused section of the show, and will dole out prize money to the best entries.

    The Wearable Arts Fashion Show has drawn works from fiber artists as far away as Fairbanks this year, many playing on the recycle theme. And while Homer's longstanding fiber artists are also a presence, entries have been made by models from past years as well as this year's crew.

    As in past years, some of the items that will be modeled will be for sale, while others remain property of the creators. In addition to clothing, jewelry, hats and even a handbag or two will be modeled.

    Burt said she is excited by the level of interest this year, and said there are always opportunities for new faces to help put the show together.

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