Hatch 2015 Trashion Show seeking designers for Feb. 27 Event

Contact: Gail Rost, Co-Chair, Hatch: a creative-reuse art festival

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — After a successful debut event in 2014, the Hatch Trashion Show will return Feb. 27 to Urbana’s Lincoln Square as part of the two-week-long Hatch Creative-Reuse Art Festival. Hatch organizers are seeking individuals who want to show the community that sundry discarded everyday items — from plastic bottles, newspapers and magazines to billboard fabric, food packaging and unwanted CDs — can be reused, not just recycled, and creatively transformed into fanciful clothing and costumes.

“Trashion shows — think trashion + fashion — are popping up everywhere these days, and the Hatch Trashion show is putting Champaign-Urbana on the reuse-couture map,” said Gail Rost, Co-Chair of the Hatch festival.”

The Trashion show is just one of several events and activities planned to take place at various venues throughout Champaign County during the Hatch festival, which runs Feb. 26 through March 14. A complete festival schedule is on the Hatch 2015 website.

“There’s almost no limit to the materials that can be used to create clothing and accessory designs that can be modeled at the Hatch Trashion Show,” Rost said. Designers can enter in categories ranging from “Unconventional Materials” to “Altered Clothing”; both require that 60 percent of the materials used are repurposed or recycled. New this year: the “Paper” category, in which source material can be any type of paper product (with an 85 percent repurposed/recycled requirement); and a division just for accessories.

Rost said people don’t need to be experienced fashion designers or artists to get involved in the Trashion Show.

“It’s all about fun and pushing the limits of our community’s collective imagination. The show is open to people of all ages and levels of sophistication — from school children to college students, from budding fashion designers to their grandparents. Designers can model their own designs or have someone else show off their creations. Groups are also encouraged to enter and can do so as a single entry.”

While organizers expect once again to see some top-notch practical and whimsical designs on the runway, designers and models alike may appear slightly more relaxed at the 2015 event.

“That’s because the emphasis will be on the show — without the competition factor. We’ve dropped the judging component,” Rost said.

For ideas, potential participants can view a video of the 2014 Trashion show on the Hatch website.

More information about the show, including an online registration form, can be found http://abouthatch.org/2015-trashion-show-2/. The registration deadline is Feb. 12; the entry fee is $15. The show itself, which begins at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the center atrium of Lincoln Square, is free and open to the public.

Hatch: a creative-reuse art festival is produced by The I.D.E.A. Store. The store is the area’s premier creative-reuse marketplace and an earned-income social enterprise of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation.


2015 ‘Hatch’ festival seeks creative-reuse artists

Contact: Gail Rost, Hatch Steering Committee

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —Volunteer event organizers from the The I.D.E.A. Store in Champaign once again are talking trash. And art. They’re also making plans to bring both together in fun and innovative ways Feb. 27-March 14 during the third annual “Hatch” Creative-Reuse Art Festival.

Applications are now available online for artists seeking entry into Hatch’s juried art exhibition Feb. 28-March 14 at Indi Go Artist Co-op in downtown Champaign and/or the juried art fair March 14 at the Savoy Recreational Center.

Art juried into the exhibition must consist of at least 75 percent reused, recycled or repurposed materials. For the art fair, the requirement has been revised from past years’ 75 percent “re-” materials to at least half in 2015. Artist information and applications are available on the festival website, www.AboutHatch.org.

Produced by The I.D.E.A. Store, Champaign, Illinois’ premier creative-reuse marketplace and an earned-income enterprise of the CU Schools Foundation, Hatch draws artists, art appreciators, shoppers and co-sponsors from throughout Central Illinois and beyond to the Champaign-Urbana community. The festival features some of the most imaginative and resourceful local, regional and national artists known for their abilities to create whimsical and sometimes functional work from discarded materials that might otherwise end up in a landfill.

“We’ve been pleased, but not surprised, by the community’s enthusiastic response to Hatch as it has evolved since its inaugural year in 2013,” said Gail Rost, co-founder of The I.D.E.A. Store and one of the festival’s lead organizers. “Since we opened our doors in 2010, the people of Central Illinois have demonstrated their devotion to The I.D.E.A. Store, to creative reuse and to becoming more aware of their role in preserving our natural environment and reducing the waste stream.

Rost said the Hatch festival’s programming has become more extensive each year since it began in 2013 as a three-day event. Last year the festival grew to its current two-week length, with multiple venues spread throughout Champaign and Urbana.

“In 2014,” she noted, “we added a trash-fashion show to the festival line-up, which also included a residency by Santa Fe, N.M.-based guest artist Nancy Judd, who led a one-day project with children from Garden Hills Elementary School in Champaign. Judd also gave a free public talk at the Champaign Library and presented community workshops at The I.D.E.A. Store.”

Rost said the popular “trashion” show will return in 2015 to kick off the festival on Feb. 27 in the center courtyard of Urbana’s Lincoln Square Mall.

A notable change this year will be a slightly delayed opening of the art exhibition at Indi Go Artist Co-op. The show will open on Feb. 28 and run through March 14, with an opening reception planned from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 28.

The art fair, which in the past has featured fun and functional art, home and garden décor, jewelry and accessories and upcycled clothing by creative-reused artists from three Midwestern states, will again take place at the Savoy Recreation Center from 10 a.m.-6 p.m on March 14.

The 2015 artist-in-residence and additional Hatch programming will be announced in the coming months, Rost said. Updates on these and other Hatch-related happenings — including volunteer opportunities —will be posted on the festival website.

Rost, along with co-founder Carol Jo Morgan, launched The I.D.E.A. Store in 2010 as an earned-income enterprise of CUSF. Surplus revenue generated from store sales and other programs — more than $30,000 to date — directly benefits teachers and students in the Champaign and Urbana public schools.

In addition to providing local businesses and individuals with an alternative means of discarding unwanted but reusable materials and making them available at affordable costs to teachers, students, artists, crafters, hobbyists and others, The I.D.E.A. Store staff and volunteers offer workshops and other educational programs, and engage in community outreach activities that emphasize ways to protect the environment, conserve energy and other resources, and reduce the local waste stream.

For more information about “Hatch,” contact festival organizers at hatch@the-idea-store.org or call The I.D.E.A. Store, 217-352-7878.

Strut your stuff on the Hatch Trashion Show Runway!

Strut your stuff on the Hatch Trashion Show Runway

Organizers of “Hatch,” The I.D.E.A. Store’s creative-reuse art festival Feb. 28-March 15, are seeking resourceful, inventive and stylin’ wanna-be fashion designers to enter The Hatch Trashion Show. The runway-style event featuring haute couture made from materials that might otherwise end up in a landfill, will take place at 6 p.m. March 7 at Urbana’s Lincoln Square Mall.

Participation in the Hatch Trashion Show is open to community members of all ages — there’s even a category for kids age 10 and under — but requires advance registration and payment of a $15 registration fee (per entry). Participants must submit a completed online form with payment and submit a garment design description by Feb. 14.

The trashion show is being produced in association with the selection of renowned trashion designer/environmental educator Nancy Judd as the Hatch Visiting Artist-in-Residence. Judd, co-founder of the Recycled Santa Fe Art Festival, has exhibited her designs in high-traffic public spaces across the nation — from museums to airports. She will be in residence in Champaign-Urbana Feb. 28-March 1; two of her trash-fashion designs — one made from pop-can cut-outs, the other from cassette and audio tape — will be on view through March 15 in the Hatch Art Exhibition at Indi Go Artist Co-op in downtown Champaign.

To learn more about Hatch Trashion Show and how to register, go to the event website.

More information on the Hatch festival’s other events, including the art exhibition; art fair at the Savoy Rec Center; Judd’s public lecture, hands-on projects with children at Champaign’s Garden Hills Elementary School, and workshops at The I.D.E.A. Store as well as an evening of music made from instruments made from reuse materials is available at abouthatch.org.