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About Nancy Judd

Nancy Judd

Nancy Judd of Recycle Runway strives to change the way people live on the earth through innovative exhibitions that showcase her sustainable fashion designs made from trash. Nancy’s work has been sponsored by international organizations including Delta Air Lines, Toyota, Coca-Cola and Target, and one of her pieces was accepted into the Smithsonian’s permanent collection in 2011.

Environmental advocate and public artist Nancy Judd installs traveling exhibitions of the Recycle Runway Collection in high traffic locations such as museums, shopping malls and airports.

Ms. Judd also creates site-specific public art, often in community workshops. In Lincoln City, on the Oregon coast, she was asked to create the Jellyfish Dress, a garment using plastic bags that brought attention to marine conservation issues. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she used inner tube tires in Tire-less Couture to showcase the City’s commitment to encourage citizens to drive less and use the new bicycle paths.

Nancy giving a TEDx talk wearing the Caution Tape Dress

Nancy uses her sculptures to capture people’s attention and inspire actions in thier lives to help care for the planet. She accomplishes this through giving engaging speeches and providing creative eco-events for adults and children in conjunction with her exhibitions, public art commissions and sculpture sponsorships.

Ms. Judd started Recycled Runway while working as the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Santa Fe and then as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition. She recognized that art and fashion could be used to raise the environmental consciousness of the public in a fun and positive way. In 1998 Nancy co-founded the Recycle Santa Fe Art Market & Fashion Contest, a popular arts event in the international arts destination of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Drawing upon her life-long experience as an artist, she began to create up-cycled fashions to promote this event. This led to the formation of the Recycle Runway Collection which has been exhibited internationally, and received worldwide media attention, including an article on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

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