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Eco-Flamenco is a couture fashion sculpture made from trash in a participatory public art performance during ArtPrize 2011.
Eco-Flamenco is a couture fashion sculpture made from trash in a participatory public art performance during ArtPrize 2011.
76 backers pledged $5,326 to help bring this project to life.

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I just created a new piece called Eco-Flamenco during ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI. What an incredible experience it was to make this garment with over five thousand thousand people!

I am using Kickstarter to raise funds to cover the costs of the project, if I don't reach my goal of $5,000 by October 14, 2011 I won't receive any of your monetary pledges. According to Kickstarter 90% of the projects that initially receive 30% of their goal do get fully funded. I am almost 50% funded as of Oct 10th. Also, most of the contributions happen at the end of the process... which is NOW. Can you please help me reach my goal?

Eco-Flamenco is sewn from parachute scraps and is covered in ruffles: circles cut from cereal boxes that are painted with reclaimed acrylic paint. Five thousand people wrote eco-pledges on the circles: commitments of what they could do to help the environment! The circles were transformed into ruffles when sewn to the dress. (In the photo above volunteers sew circles on the the train of the dress during a modern day sewing Bee!)

I was on-site at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art from Sept 20-Oct 7 for 10-12 hours each day working with volunteers who helped me to paint, cut and sew. I also met with thousands of ArtPrize attendees who took eco-pledges. This is the first time I have created a piece with this many people, it was quite thrilling!

Some fun (approximate) statistics:
•    5,000 eco-pledges
•    250 cereal boxes
•    60 volunteers
•    650 hours to create the garment 

The finished piece is sculptural fashion, but the process of creating it was interactive performance art!  The most meaningful part of the experience for me was listening to the conversations people had about their eco-pledges and knowing that my project instigated an exchange about how to care for the environment!

The finished garment will be displayed at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids through November, and then will join the rest of my work in the Atlanta International Airport through the spring of 2012. Over 4 million people will pass by the garment while it is in Atlanta, engaging even more people in thinking about sustainable living!

The funds you pledge for Eco-Flamenco will be used to cover my living expenses while I was in Grand Rapids, shipping the garment, insurance, supplies, printing educational materials, and a modest artist stipend.

THANK YOU for any amount of support that you are inspired to contribute!

NOTE: I am still completing the last panel at the end of the dress’s train, I will attach all of your eco-pledges in this prominent location!

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    Your eco-pledge will be prominently located on the dress and your name will be included on RecycleRunway.com as a project supporter. NOTE: your pledge will be included on the dress even if this project is not funded.

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    All of the above, plus three personal "eco-art cuffs”. The cuffs are made from ironed recycled plastic bags and will fit on any size tree, pole, railing, etc. Write your eco-pledge on the cuff and surreptitiously place it in a public place, then stand back and watch people discover your personal eco-art intervention!

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    All of the above, plus three greeting cards that feature images of Recycle Runway garments that are printed on removable magnets.

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    All of the above, plus two decoupage candle holders made from reclaimed glass jars and magazines.

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    All of the above, plus a set of three nesting origami gift boxes made from recycled paper.

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    All of the above, plus an exclusive Recycle Runway tote bag sewn from reclaimed materials.

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    All of the above, plus on-site recognition as a sponsor of Eco-Flamenco at ArtPrize.

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    All of the above, plus recognition as the EXCLUSIVE permanent sponsor of Eco-Flamenco on RecycleRunway.com, and wherever it is displayed. If all goes as planned, the dress will join eighteen of my other fashions in the Atlanta International Airport in December 2011 for five months, and then travel with the exhibition to museums around the country for five years!

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