by Madison V. Fisler
March. 24, 2014. Since 2010, Elkland Art Center has held the annual Trash n’ Fashion Show, which showcases local designers who create the new with old.
Trash n’ Fashion is a runway show where designers are tasked with making something beautiful out of a business’s refuse. Items like paper, plastic and other dumpster-bound items are remade and repurposed into incredible pieces of wearable art, and all benefitting a great cause.
Designers include Appalachian State University students and Elkland Art Center volunteers who give of their time and of their talent to create something new and exciting from discarded items from sponsor businesses.
“Last year after expenses, we raised about $1,600,” said Lexie Danner of the Elkland Art Center. “This year, we are hoping to raise $2,500.”
“This event just keeps growing,” Danner said.
The runway event will take place during the April First Friday Art Crawl in Downtown Boone on April 4. The event will kick off at Strands Beads/Bald Guy Brew on King Street and runways are scheduled for 7:30 and 8:15 p.m.
Tickets are $8 in advance for community members and $5 for students, and $10 for community members and $6 for students at the door. Children ages 12 and under get in for free.
Tickets can be purchased from Green Mother Goods located on Boone Heights Drive.
Last year, 12 designers from Appalachian State University as well as community designers created unique garments from trash from sponsoring local businesses and showed them off in front of a crowd of 120 spectators.
Since the Elkland Arts Center is a non-profit organization, it relies on grants, donations and fundraisers to continue the community programs that it is known for. According to Danner, they have a $10,000 campaign in order to sustain the center each year. With the $2,000 goal for this fundraiser reached, they are that much closer to their yearly fundraising goal.