Students recycle to create wearable art, pieces featured in student art show
Two Socorro Independent School District schools brought fashion and trash together by creating wearable art.
Students from William D. Slider Middle School and Pebble Hills High School used coffee filters, magazines, newspapers, clothing or whatever they could find in their classroom or home for their projects. Several pieces of their collections were included in the 32 annual SISD Student Art Show, which was on display at the District Service Office.
“I wanted the students to think outside the box,” said Sonja Kern, theater teacher at Slider. “I wanted it to coincide with Earth Day, too. I wanted them to learn how to be creative and how to use everyday items, such as newspapers, duct tape, coffee filters, hula hoops, plastic tablecloths and other items, to create something special.”
Kern has been encouraging her classes to get involved in the “Trash ‘n’ Fashion” project for several years. She provides the supplies, or the students bring recyclables from home. Students do research first on how to recycle materials and have two weeks in class to create the wearable art.
This year was the first time Slider entered art pieces in the SISD Student Art Show. Two of their projects, a yellow prom dress and a white summer dress, received first and second place respectively.
“We are so excited,” Kern said. “I am really impressed with my students. They went all out and did so well.”
Lorena Evans created the winning yellow mermaid-style dress and wore it to Destination Imagination contest. She is proud of her creation.
“I like making stuff from scratch,” Evans said. “I used coffee filters to create the bodice and added tulle that I had to the bottom of it. But I never thought I would win.”
At Pebble Hills, Rossy Sanchez has included a trash to fashion project for the past two years. Students take recycled clothing they own or fabric that has been donated to the class and recreate outfits, purses and other wearable items.
“It really is a collaborative effort,” said Sanchez, who teaches technical theater and fashion design. “The students work together in teams to create their item within two weeks. I want them to see the beauty in everything they use.”
One creation used recycled Vogue magazines to create a beautiful gown. Gwenevere Vasquez was one of the makers of the dress. She has been making clothes for her dolls since she was little but never thought about doing it for herself.
“This experience has been fantastic,” Vasquez said. “Using recycled objects to create something unique is amazing. I never thought it was possible.”
For Danae Morales, creating a dress from recyclable materials was a great experience. She has learned a lot about helping the environment just by reusing old clothes.
“You can bring it back to life,” Morales said. “My goal now is to be more thrifty and modernize my old clothes.”
Published May 10, 2019
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