Just back from the tour and it was a great success!
The shows at the EcoXpo were just beautiful thanks to the choreography of Dean Walsh, a performance by Evolve Dance, friends who modeled, housed me, helped with transport, photographed and videotaped the events and Recycled Garbage who loaned mannequins for display. I also brought some outfits to a fundraiser for Paul Sharp of Two Hands who was joining the expedition in Japan.
I met so many amazingly giving & concerned people in Japan. The first event was at the Greenroom Festival where I partnered with 5 Gyres and Surfrider Japan. The response was tremendous, everyone took pictures and people were truly shocked when they heard the outfits were made of washed up trash. As a huge perk, we were invited backstage with the band "The Drums". I could not have pulled this off without the help of Michelle Nakamura from 5 Gyres, Kanna Jones who found the models and of coarse the support of you.
I got to hang out with the crew from 5 Gyres and hear stories about the expedition from the Marshall Islands. I met some incredible ocean peeps and attended a symposium on plastic pollution and the marine environment with some of the most important people in the field including Captain Charles Moore . I experienced 2 earthquakes in 10 days, was kicked out of a temple area by the "fashion police" at Harajuku, had a hula dance group do an impromptu performance in my outfits and saw numerous dressed up dogs in baby carriages.
Most impressive to me was how clean Tokyo was. They take trash seriously there by tediously sorting out recyclables. The flip side though, is that EVERYTHING is wrapped in plastic! My first day back in LA I saw 2 people throw trash on to the street. It is obvious to me that we need a shift in attitude.
Hope to have some pictures and footage soon but for now, mine will have to do.