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Eco Fashion Week and 81lbs of Waste per Person Published: 12.21.2016 at 8:37 am by Nancy Judd

The first in a series of blog posts about the true costs of the clothing we wear Ask me to make a dress from a pile of trash and the inspiration flows! Ask me to make one from “normal” fabric and…it’s not quite that easy. Thus, it was an unusual challenge when I was invited…

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On the Eve of Eco Fashion Week, My Huffington Post Message Published: 11.01.2016 at 2:36 pm by Nancy Judd

The video above was recently released by the Huffington Post about the work I do. It is part of an excellent series they are doing called RECLAIM: REDUCING THE WORLD OF WASTE . In this series, they cover positive stories across the globe ranging from smog vacuums in China; to Rob Greenfield’s story of wearing his…

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The Trash Man’s Suit Published: 10.23.2016 at 8:41 pm by Nancy Judd

The morning of August 15th I opened my email to discover a very nice note from a guy who wanted a suit for a 30-day project he would soon be starting. Now, I am contacted rather randomly with some interesting and remarkable requests, but this one caught my eye. A link was provided and I…

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The Heartbeat of Pacifica Published: 08.31.2016 at 11:19 am by Nancy Judd

I love most that first breathe when I step out of the car after a two-hour drive from Portland, OR and inhale the rich smells of Cascade Head. It’s a mixture of the salty ocean with the loamy earth. It is specific to this area where the sea meets the land at the mouth of…

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PDX Weather Advisory, a sculpture celebrating the Portland Airport Published: 07.18.2016 at 11:24 pm by Nancy Judd

One of my very favorite words is from Nepal: रङ्गी-चङ्गी; written in letters, raṅgii-caṅgii; and pronounced, rungy-chungy. This fabulous word (which does not have an English equivalent in my opinion) means crazy, multi-colored, splendid, fancy, exciting and fun! It was the design inspiration for one of my newest sculptures, PDX Weather Advisory, created for the…

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Two new Recycle Runway Sculptures on the way! Published: 03.18.2016 at 12:05 pm by Nancy Judd

This year has started off with a whirlwind of creative energy as I have been working on three very different and engaging new sculptures. On the heels of creating Bella, for Beacon Converters, (read all about this elegant bride on a mission), I am creating new works for the Nature Conservancy and the Port of…

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Bella: A Bride on a Mission! Published: 02.25.2016 at 5:11 pm by Nancy Judd

This winter I was commissioned to create a new sculpture called “Bella” by Beacon Converters, a company located in New Jersey that creates sterilization packaging for the healthcare industry. The sculpture is made from discarded Tyvek®, you might know the product because you’ve often seen the logo wrapped around new building construction, but the thin…

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Small Action, Big Impact Published: 10.26.2015 at 10:47 am by Nancy Judd

In September my traveling exhibition, ReDress: Upcycled Style, opened in the Stamford Museum and Nature Center in Stamford, Connecticut. I visited the exhibition to give a presentation and workshop. I also had an unexpectedly empowering experience, but first, a bit about the trip. One of the neat things about the Stamford Museum is that in…

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My Spring 2015 Trashion Show Grand-Slam Published: 05.28.2015 at 3:19 pm by Nancy Judd

I was recently honored by being asked to emcee and show work in three trash-fashion shows across the great Pacific Northwest! Last summer I moved from Santa Fe, NM (my home for the last 20 years) to Portland, OR, where I grew up. It is great to be back in the climate that my body…

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Moving and Sustainability Part 2 Published: 10.23.2014 at 9:16 am by Nancy Judd

Last week I posted about my move to Portland, Oregon. My spouse Nicole, who is helping me with my blog-posts and social media campaigns, continues the theme diving deeper into the relationship between moving, sustainability, and nomadic cultures. If you Google the word “nomad” lots of things come up right away: urban nomad, modern nomad,…

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