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ReDress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd

Can a beautifully made garment also carry an environmental message? Artist Nancy Judd thinks so!

Like it or not, we are a wasteful society. We buy, we consume, we rip our shirt and throw it away. Most of our everyday purchases have disposable packaging, our mailboxes are jammed with junk advertising campaigns, our belongings wear out and we simply buy another. Trash is just a part of our throw-away culture.

“Wow!” “Are you kidding?” “That can’t be made from trash!”

Those are just a few comments that are overheard when audiences view Nancy Judd’s work and read the adjacent labels. At first glance her creations are stunning and dramatic, appearing as fine couture and refined garments. A closer look takes us deeper into her message. A glamorous, shimmering evening gown is made from crushed glass and salvaged upholstery fabric. Her message? Recycling glass reduces emissions and consumption of raw materials, extends the life of plant equipment, and saves energy. Another elegant dress is constructed from drycleaner, grocery and newspaper plastic bags. Titled “The Jellyfish Dress”, it tells us to be mindful of marine life when discarding these bags after use as they can be fatal to sea creatures if tossed carelessly.

Why fashion? Judd loves the challenge of making cast-offs elegant and inspiring people to look differently at waste. Ms. Judd has been commissioned by major corporations such as Target and Delta Airlines to create not only magnificent works of art, but also to convey the value of consumer consciousness and the future of our planet. Her creations have been exhibited worldwide and have caught the attention of major media including USA Today and CNN. In addition, her “Obamanos Coat”, constructed from Obama campaign door hangers and fit to size of our 44th President, has recently been accepted into the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.

ReDress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd is exciting, inspiring and offers diverse educational programming to youth and adults alike. This traveling exhibition should appeal to art, fashion, science, natural history, academic and general museums looking for infinite presentation possibilities. Ms. Judd is available to provide workshops and presentations about her fascinating work and environmental consciousness.

ReDress was enthusiastically received in its tour to the Ruth Funk Center for Textiles in Melbourne, Florida,  The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts, Reading Public Museum and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, with comments such as:

This exhibition provided much more than a passive viewing experience. Our docents were really able to educate while in the galleries.

– “We are absolutely thrilled to have this show and the response from visitors is nothing shy of amazing.”

View a recent video spot on WFMZ in Reading, PA about the presentation of ReDress at the Reading Public Museum

and, at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI.

Don’t miss your opportunity to host this imaginative and exciting exhibition!

Ms. Judd has been presenting her recent project, “Recycle Runway” in airports across the country. View a local television station’s report from her showing at the Atlanta Airport.

Nancy Judd also was a featured speaker at the TEDx Albuquerque Conference. This following video is her presentation “Can a Dress Made From Trash Change How You See?“.

AND, she was a presenter, again, at TEDx AcequiaMadre in Santa Fe in November 2012.