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The Price of Fashion

Exploring the social and environmental cost of our clothing.

This collection of three garments was created in 2016 for Eco-Fashion Week in Seattle, WA. Old, ripped, torn and cast off clothing was deconstructed, cut up and resewn together. Nancy’s research for the project included a 5-part blog post that explores the true costs to people and the planet of our clothing. This collection is available as a runway performance art piece, or a classroom presentation, click here for more details.


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Celebrating Sustainability (and rainy weather) at the Portland Airport!

The Port of Portland which runs the Portland International Airport commissioned me to create this ensemble in 2016. Each part of the rain gear outfit (a nod to Portland’s notoriously wet climate) represents one of the Port’s five sustainability programs, and is made from waste materials upcycled from each of those programs.

You can learn more about what each component is made of and the process of creating the piece in this blog post.

The Trash Man’s Suit

The Trash Suit was commissioned in 2016 by Rob Greenfield during an “eco-stunt”, where he wore his trash for 30 days! It is made of clear plastic film that was sewn onto a pair of military pants and a coat supported by an old back pack frame.  See photos of the suit filling up over the month in Rob’s “Trash Me Time Line”.

Read more about my experience making the suit and working with Rob in this blog post.

Watch a video Rob’s team made about my process creating the Trash Suit.



A Celebration of the Seashore!

This sculpture was created to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Cascade Head Preserve on the Oregon Coast. It is made of natural items found along the seashore such as shells, driftwood, rocks, salmon teeth, fins and vertebrae that are strung onto wire and secured to a metal skirt made from upcycled baking sheets. The bodice is made from moss, lichens and bark sewn to burlap with old fishing line.

Pacifica was commissioned by the Nature Conservancy of Oregon in 2016.

You can read details about the creation of Pacifica in this blog post.


A Bride on a Mission!

This sculpture is made from discarded plastic Tyvek® (used in sterilization pouches and bags for the medical industry) that was cut into strips and sewn to the dress. The flowers were made primarily by people attending medical industry conferences across the US in 2016. Bella’s goal is to bring awareness to the recyclablity of Tyvek®, and inspire the creation of recycling programs for this plastic film.

Commissioned by Beacon Converters in 2016.

Read this blog post to learn more about the creation and mission of Bella.


Created from a picnic basket, a vintage dress, plants collected at the Conservancy’s Santa Fe Canyon Preserve, and dried flowers from the Santa Fe Farmers Market.

One morning while creating this dress, I awoke with the following poem in my head.

More and more, the spirits of the land
felt forgotten by humans,
and before they disappeared altogether
they decided to make themselves seen.
So branches, flowers and seeds
wove themselves together
and created a sprite to say:

As you pollute the air, the water, the soil,
as you cause plants and animals to die away
as you change the very earth itself
While you live your lives–
dancing, working, singing, loving, praying–
remember our wildness in yourselves!

Nancy Judd, 2013

Watch this short video and read the blog post about creating Opal to see more photos and learn details about how this piece came to be.

Kevin and Jennifer Box purchased Opal and have generously loaned her to me to display in public locations to spread her word of environmental stewardship.



Sol Man

This sculpture was created during a Toyota TogetherGreen fellowship through the National Audubon Society in 2013. The project entailed creating a new piece  based on an energy conservation educational program for 6th grade students at Ortiz Middle School in Santa Fe, NM.

The project had 4 parts:

Part 1. An energy curriculum was presented for 3 weeks to 6th graders in Ms. Sommer’s Science Class. The curriculum included how energy is created; the pros and cons of different energy sources; and how to conserve it. Homework assignments were to implement energy conservation actions in their homes using kits donated to each student by PNM.

Part 2. Nancy worked with the 6th Grade Art Class to design an “energy conservation” superhero costume.

Part 3. The Consumer Sciences Class helped her to construct the cape for the costume. It is made from energy conservation scrap materials from the Energy Smart Academy at the Community College. It sits on a pedestal that is an old solar cell.

Part 4. The completed costume was displayed in prominent public locations around Santa Fe and Albuquerque and is on permanent display at the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico.

Read the blog post with additional photos and project details!

Thank you to the following collaborators that made this project possible!

  • Toyota funded the fellowship that I received.
  • The National Audubon Society administered the fellowship.
  • The Santa Fe Public Schools (Lisa Randal, Ellen Levy, Amy Summa) provided project coordination.
  • Erika Sommer, Ed Chacon and Myoko Costello graciously invited me into their classrooms.
  • PNM (Melissa Leymon) donated the curriculum and energy efficiency kits and helped with planning.
  • The Santa Fe Community College’s New Mexico Energy$mart Academy (Amanda Evans) supplied educational materials to the science class as well as materials to create the Sol Man.
  • The City of Santa Fe, Sustainable Santa Fe program (Katherine Mortimer) provided project support.
  • Summit Electric Supply (Mike Prada) donated 100 CFL bulbs.
  • Santa Fe Place Mall (Lance Farrell) donated space to display the Sol Man for 2 months and event planning and refreshments for the opening reception.
  • Target supplied refreshments for the opening reception.
  • KHFM (Kathleen King and Dana Childs) Radio Station advertised the event and did several interviews.
  • Santa Fe New Mexican (Robert Knott and Jane Roberts) wrote about and photographed the classroom portion of the project.
  • Santa Fe Reporter (Enrique Limón) wrote about and photographed the Sol Man.
  • Dan Radven welded the legs, arms, armature and base.
  • Nicole Morris assured the musculature was correct.
  • Elizabeth Baker captured the project on film.
  • Positive Energy (Regina Wheeler, Allan Sindelar) supplied the old solar cell that is the base for the sculpture.
  • Carl Rosenthal provided many materials used to make the Sol Man.
  • Jim and Marj Mullany provided window insulation used to create his suit.
  • Los Alamos National Bank (Kate Kennedy) is helping to fund displaying of the Sol Man over the next year.
  • Earth Care International (BJ Davis, Rose Griego) is my non-profit fiscal sponsor accepting funds for the display of the Sol Man.


Re-visoning Erté

Made from silk scraps, leftover from a jacket my mother made over 30 years ago, and aluminum cans. This dress stands only 33 inches tall, half the size of my full-size garments.
Completed in 2012 in 100 hours.
Read a blog post about creating Re-visoning Erté.

Crime Scene

Police tape is fashioned into “warning-wear”.

Tape from police crime scenes across the west, cover a dress made from torn table cloths. This cautionary costume took 50 hours to create and was completed in 2011.

Read a blog post about creating Crime Scene.


Scientists estimate that everyone alive today carries within her or his body at least 700 contaminants.

90 percent of the 85,000 synthetic chemicals registered today in the United States, have NOT been tested for their effects on human health. Many of these chemicals persist in the environment and accumulate in our bodies creating susceptibility to cancer as well as many other health problems.

Don’t let your body be a crime scene! Reduce your families exposure to toxins by eating organic food; eliminating pesticides, chemical cleaners and air fresheners from home and work; and “air out” new carpets, painted rooms, furnishings, and anything else with that “new smell” before indoor use. Better yet – buy safer products that don’t off-gas toxic fumes.

Sources: Coming Clean, Breast Cancer Fund, Healthy Child/Healthy World


5,000 people helped create this passionate dress!

Cereal boxes painted with recycled paint have been transformed into cascades of ruffles that contain over 5,000 eco-pledges—commitments of actions that people will take to help the environment. The ruffles cover a dress made from parachute scraps. This dramatic dress took 650 hours to create and was completed in 2011.


Which one of the following was NOT an eco-pledge sewn to this dress?

  1. I will shop locally.
  2. I will eat organic food.
  3. I will live in a tree and eat bananas.
  4. I will use my car less.
  5. I will reuse and recycle everything I can.

Answer:  3.

We don’t have to live like monkeys to live lighter on the earth! Every moment we make simple decisions that affect the planet. What can you do in your life to help the environment?