County Hosts Recycled Fashion Workshops & Trash Fashion Show



By Tom Nagawiecki
County Environmental Services Specialist

Nancy Judd, an internationally recognized artist and educator known for creating couture fashion from trash, will host two free recycled fashion workshops in Los Alamos. These workshops will help participants in The Next Big Idea’s Trash Fashion Contest design and prepare garments for Los Alamos’ first Trash Fashion Contest.


The first workshop, which is geared to people new to sewing and design, will be 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.  A second advanced workshop will be 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26.

Both workshops are open to all ages and will be held in Los Alamos with the exact location to be determined

Judd will begin each workshop with a slide presentation of her recycled fashions. She will discuss techniques for working with difficult materials such as aluminum cans, plastic, rusty nails, and other recycle materials.

The remaining time will be spent designing and preparing garments for the Trash Fashion Contest, which will be held on the Fuller Lodge lawn at noon Saturday, Sept. 15 as part of The Next Big Idea Festival.

Los Alamos County is sponsoring these workshops, thanks to grant funding received from New Mexico Clean and Beautiful. The workshops and fashion show reflect the County’s mission to create a more sustainable community by promoting creative reuse of its materials and providing an innovative venue to promote the three R’s of waste management: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. To learn more about these events and the County’s sustainability program, visit,

To register for these free workshops or the free “The Next Big Idea’s Trash Fashion Contest,” contact Tom Nagawiecki at 662-8383 or or sign up online at Don’t wait to register as seating for the workshops is limited.

Editor’s note: Nancy Judd is an artist and environmental educator whose work is exhibited by the Smithsonian. She creates couture fashion sculptures from trash to raise awareness about environmental issues. Using engaging public exhibitions, workshops and speeches, Judd reaches millions of people across the globe with her positive and uniquely creative message. She started Recycle Runway in 1998 when working as the recycling coordinator for the City of Santa Fe. Judd co-founded the Recycle Santa Fe Art Market and Trash Fashion Contest as a way to raise awareness about recycling and waste reduction. Her first recycled fashion was created to promote the event. Since then, her work has been sponsored by organizations including Delta Air Lines, Toyota, Coke and Target, and exhibited across the country and featured in international media coverage.


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