North Central Illinois ARTworks is hosting an artistic fashion show with a special twist.
Artists who traditionally work with paint, paper, glass, mosaic tiles, wood, metal and more were challenged to create wearable art made in a different medium: everyday materials people typically discard.
That’s the basis of Discarded: A Trashion Show, which will be presented by NCI ARTworks 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 27, in the atrium of the Westclox building, 300 Fifth St. in Peru.
”Discarded is an art event showcasing unique garments and accessories hand-crafted by eight local artists who accepted our challenge,” said Chris Coughlin, executive director of NCI ARTworks, in a news release. “None of these artists are fashion designers, but their creations are amazing. And they all have embraced ‘trashion,’ which is a real art form, like watercolor and sculpture, to help us see environmental issues in a different, artistic way. This will be an exciting, unique but not run-of-the-mill art show.”
Doors open at 7 p.m. A fee is involved. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.com, at Chain, Link & Gemstone, the Westclox ARTworks Center in the west wing of Westclox or by calling 815-228-1253.This event is for people ages 21 years and older. The ticket price includes a fashion show, musical entertainment, buckets of snacks and access to the Star Union Distillery Tasting Room. A cash bar offering beer, wine and soft drinks also will be available.
“This is a new and exciting way for you to experience art,” event co-chairperson Arica DeArcos said in a news release. “This show has been a dream of mine since I lived in Hawaii and had a friend who made handbags from fishing nets and other materials that washed up on the shore. Through art, she repurposed items discarded in the ocean to draw attention to the wastefulness. Discarded raises the same issues, with different kinds of wearable art, but no ocean. The win-win for attending Discarded is you’ll have a…