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Turning trash into fashion

"All entries will be judged on three points," said May. "First is artistic merit, regardless of how it's worn or what it's made of. Next is the best use of recycled and nonrecycled material, and last, but very important, wearability. Is it an actual garment and can you wear it?"

The group plans a genuine stage show, "a spectacle ala Project Runway," said May. There will even be a host who takes on the Heidi Klum character.

"Not all the contestants will be adults," she said. "We have some elementary school kids, some middle-schoolers and at least a couple of high school entries."

High school senior Roxanne Miftahittin is representing Ashland High. She plans to attend Southern Oregon University in the fall, majoring in art. When she heard about the Trashion Show, she took it on as an artistic challenge.

"I had blue hair at the time," she said with a chuckle, "and I was feeling like I wanted to be a mermaid."

She began her costume by cutting out pieces of aluminum cans in the shape of tiny scales and, one-by-one, gluing them on cloth cut in the pattern of a dress.

"It's not very heavy," she said, "but it sure is hard to walk in."

May said that there is no deadline to enter the Trashion Show.

"I would rather see little kids get up there in cardboard boxes at the last minute," she said, "rather than have them feel like they can't be included.

"Anyone who wants to participate can. This is a fun, family, community get-together."

Bill Miller is a freelance writer living in Shady Cove. Reach him at newsmiller@yahoo.com.

Turning trash into fashion