Arts Council of Placer County Reinvent the Runway – October 5

Sierra College Partners with the Arts Council of Placer County Encouraging Students to Create Fashions Out of Recycled Materials for the Reinvent the Runway Fashion Show.

The Arts Council of Placer County (ACPC) and Sierra College are encouraging makers to create and submit fashions made of 80% recycled materials for Reinvent the Runway by September 30. Makers can win cash prizes up to $500 as well as the opportunity for their recycled fashions to be displayed at ACPC events, including the Runway show on October 5.

Makers who wish to apply for Reinvent the Runway must submit by September 30 and can apply through the Placer Arts website. Students, businesses, organizations and groups of friends as well as individuals can create fashionable art from recycled materials for this show. Artists are encouraged to consider adding technology, lights and sound to their creations for this “reinvention” of the runway concept.

“The  Placer Arts Reinvent the Runway is the perfect vehicle to inspire students and give them a reason to develop new maker skills using sewing machines, electronics, laser cutters and 3D printers to accessorize their fashions.”

The Reinvent the Runway fashion show is on Friday, October 5 at 6:30 PM at Hacker Lab Powered by Sierra College, located at 4415 Granite Dr. #200, Rocklin. Learn more at the ACPC Facebook page.

At the City of Rocklin Mini Maker Faire, ACPC will be displaying some of the recycled fashions. The Mini Maker Faire will be hosted by Sierra College, 5100 Sierra College Blvd, Rocklin on Saturday October 6 from 9 am to 4 pm; admission and parking are free.

Some selected creations will also be displayed by the Arts Council of Placer County at a pop up gallery at Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College, 4415 Granite Dr. #200, Rocklin through November 30 and as part of the free Placer Artists Studio Tour November 9-11 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Associate Dean, Workforce Innovation, Sierra College explained that Sierra College Makerspaces are building inclusive, collaborative makerspace communities at all three campuses and in partnership with community organizations. “The Sierra Makerspaces team is excited to partner with the Arts Council of Placer County to inspire students, faculty, artists and community members to innovate with recycled materials,” said Pepper-Kittredge.

Reinvent the Runway taps into the trend to create art from recycled materials as well as attracts artists and students who see the social benefit of reusing and repurposing materials, indicated Jim Crosthwaite, Executive Director, ACPC. “As Makers continue to be widely accepted as producers of art, many types of materials and methods are utilized to create works of art, not the least of which is utilizing recycled materials and helping to educate the public on the importance of looking at these types of materials for a variety of uses,” said Crosthwaite.

Reinvent the Runway also brings attention to the Maker movement, explained Crosthwaite. “Our organization participates in the City of Rocklin Mini Maker Faire each year and we chose this as our project for 2018, adding in the off-site element,” said Crosthwaite. “We value the partnership with Sierra Makerspaces in such ventures; together we can educate the public on the contributions of Makers in our communities.”

Through the partnership with Hacker Lab, students can join the Rocklin-based Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College at a discounted student rate. “In makerspaces, student can explore new technology, discover personal interests and experiment with building creations that they dream up,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “The  Placer Arts Reinvent the Runway is the perfect vehicle to inspire students and give them a reason to develop new maker skills using sewing machines, electronics, laser cutters and 3D printers to accessorize their fashions. I’m participating too and created a gown made out of an old parachute and thrift store leather jacket to enter.”

Sierra College District is rising to the needs of our community. Sierra College serves 3200 square miles of Northern CA with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four year Universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills.  Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region.



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