‘Hatch’ festival to highlight repurposed art, ‘trashion,’ music and more Feb. 28-March 15

Contact: Gail Rost, General Manager, The I.D.E.A. Store
217-352-7878; generalmanager@the-idea-store.org

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The prefix of choice in Central Illinois Feb. 28-March 15 will be “re” as The I.D.E.A. Store — Champaign-Urbana’s premier eco-edu-art creative-reuse marketplace and earned-income enterprise of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation — shines a bright, hot spotlight on recycled, repurposed and reuse art during its second annual “Hatch” festival.

The 2014 creative-reuse art festival, which expands to two weeks this year, takes place in a variety of venues throughout Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy (See the complete festival final schedule).

Once again this year, the public will be able to view and purchase work by dozens of talented and resourceful local and regional Hatch artists and designers. Their work will be featured in a juried art exhibition (Feb. 28-March 15 at Champaign’s Indi Go Artist Co-op) and at a one-day art fair (March 15 at the Savoy Recreation Center).

A number of new auxiliary activities and events have been added to the 2014 Hatch line-up as well. Notable among them is a runway-style “trashion” show (think trash plus fashion) featuring designs made from materials that might otherwise end up in a landfill. Participation in the show, set for 6 p.m. at Urbana’s Lincoln Square on March 7, is open to all community members. Online registration for the Hatch Trashion Show continues through Feb. 14.

Also new this year will be a music lecture-demo at 7 p.m. March 8 at Indi Go by percussionist Chad Dunn; cigar-box guitar maker Tony Taylor; and Ben Juday, owner of Analog Outfitters in Champaign. All three make musical instruments and/or equipment created from repurposed materials.

Another integral component of Hatch is its Visiting Artist-in Residence program. The 2014 visiting artist is Nancy Judd, an internationally recognized public artist, environmental educator and founder of Recycle Runway based in Santa Fe, N.M. Judd creates awareness of environmental issues through her inventive “trashion” designs, which have been exhibited in high-traffic venues throughout the world — from museums to airports, including the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Several major corporations, such as Coca Cola and Target, have commissioned Judd to create eco-fashions as well. Her “Obamanos Coat,” created from Obama campaign “door-hangers” is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Judd, who also is founder of the Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival — which recently celebrated its 15th year — will be in residence at Hatch Feb. 28-March 1. Although she will not be in Champaign-Urbana during the Hatch Trashion Show, she will serve as a consultant to show organizers.

“Over the years I have found trashion to be a surprisingly useful way of engaging people in thinking about sustainability,” Judd said. “Fashion attracts our attention because of the connection that clothing has to our bodies; this allows me to connect with people on a more personal level.”

Judd hopes to keep making connections as she prepares — over the course of the next three years — for a second exhibition of her work in the Atlanta airport.

During two-day residency in Champaign-Urbana, Feb. 28-March 1, Judd will lead an all-school assembly and hands-on repurposing project with third- through fifth-graders at Champaign’s Garden Hills Elementary School on Feb. 28. She also will present two workshops (one for youth and one for adults) at The I.D.E.A. Store on March 1, and will give a free public lecture at 4:30 p.m. on March 1 at the Champaign Public Library. Two of her trash-fashions will be exhibited in the Hatch Art Exhibition at Indi Go through March 15.

Judd said the take-home message she emphasizes in her public talks is personal empowerment.

“I think it’s really important to focus on personal power and hope,” she said. “We are facing huge challenges as our climate is changing, and it is essential that we find the places in our lives where we can be eco-leaders, inspiring others to recycle more, drive less, eat local, etc.

“Students will include their own eco pledges as part of this collaborative reuse art installation,” Barber said.

“We are very excited to be able to host someone with Nancy Judd’s reputation for making environmental education fun and engaging by how she incorporates the creative art-making process in her work with kids,” Barber added. “Her elegant fashion sculptures are sure to leave a lasting impression on our students, especially considering that she creates them using trash. ”  

A number of Hatch events are free and open to the public; others have entry fees (to participate in the Trashion Show or attend workshops at The I.D.E.A. Store an advance registration and payment is required). A “Hatch Passport,” which admits holders to most other events, may be purchased in advance at The I.D.E.A. Store for $5 before the festival starts on the 28th.  Come to the opening of the art exhibition, which costs $5, and get a passport for an additional $1.

For more information about Hatch, including a complete listing of festival events and visit the Hatch website.

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(REPORTERS, EDITORS, NEWS DIRECTORS: Photos of Nancy Judd are available in the press section of Judd’s Recycle Runway website. Contact Gail Rost at The I.D.E.A. Store for representative photos of art included in the Hatch Art Fair and Exhibition.)