Although there were only six entries from three participants in the first Earth Day inspired Trashion Show and upcycled art contest, the event was festive and forward-looking.
Lori Rognlie, Mabee Library, and Nikki Daniels, general reading buyer at the Ichabod Shop, were happy to model their hand-crafted clothing items. Daniels made a necklace with CDs and a shirt front with layers of paper. Her entry took first place. Rognlie had a denim jacket embellished with appliqueé from her mother’s table scarves. Rognlie received first runner-up.
In the Anything Goes category of the Junk to Funk contest – featuring items useful items made from recycled materials – Rognlie won for her entry of a Mabee Library T-shirt quilt. Lynn Wilson, theatre staff, took second place for an iPad case and stand. The case was crafted out of fabric scraps. The stand was a carved and painted wooden block.
Wilson swept the Upcycled Art category with a series of intricate flower pots.
Sean Bird, who emceed the event, told the crowd, to a good hearted laugh: “I look forward to next year’s very well attended event.”
Organizers -- from the Ichabod Shop and Mabee Library -- said they will get the word out earlier next year. Mark your calendar and get your creative wheels turning. The contests will be open to students, faculty and staff at Washburn and Washburn Tech. Earth Day 2014 is Tuesday, April 22.