Feature Articles

June 2013

The Bascom in Highlands, NC, Features Works by Nancy Judd

The Bascom in Highlands, NC, is presenting ReDress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd, on view through Aug. 18, 2013.

After viewing the amazing women’s clothing at The Bascom’s high-fashion exhibition, ReDress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd, you’ll realize that haute couture has truly come to Highlands. But these dramatic fashions are not what they appear: instead of real fur, jewels and luxe fabrics, they are made of such components as aluminum cans, tires and plastic grocery bags - even crime scene tape!

ReDress is a visual feast designed by Santa Fe, NM, artist Nancy Judd, to direct attention to the problem of waste in our society and to promote environmental conservation.

“If everyone on earth lived like the average American does, it would take 3 to 5 planets to support our consumptive habits,” says the artist. “This exhibit is a way of exploring the issues associated with our ‘throw-away’ society in a fun and positive way.”

Judd created “Recycle Runway” and its same-named website while working as the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Santa Fe, then as Executive Director of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition. In 1998, she founded the Recycle Santa Fe Art Market & Fashion Contest, recognizing that art and fashion could be combined to motivate the public to be more environmentally conscious. Judd used her experience as an artist to design and make recycled garments to promote this event. The ensuing Recycle Runway Collection has been an international hit, with widespread exhibits, corporate sponsorships and articles, including front page coverage in The Wall Street Journal. One of her pieces was accepted into the Smithsonian’s permanent collection in 2011.

“I hope that people will look differently at trash after seeing my work,” Judd says. “I want people to be inspired to reduce their waste, and use their own creativity to live more sustainably.”

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call The Bascom at 828/526-4949 or visit (www.TheBascom.org).

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