100 Kentington Dr
Durham, NC 27713
FRANK Gallery is currently in the early stages of planning for our 3rd Rubbish 2 Runway (R2R) program. The purpose of R2R is to engage high school and college students in caring for their environment through creative recycling. R2R was designed to promote community awareness of the creative possibilities for re-purposing discarded materials while also encouraging young designers to think about sustainable design and creating something lasting and useful – and in this case, wearable. All entrants are required to fashion recycled materials into wearable garments without the use of any type of fabric. With the intent of creating an appreciation among young artists for reducing consumption as well as encouraging creative thought and innovative design. All garments will be wearable and presented during a fashion show, where prizes and trophies are awarded for winning designs. Each garment will walk the runway in front of a crowd and a panel of industry relevant judges for jurying and awarding of prizes. Each is judged on Innovation, Use of Materials, Wearability, and Creativity. In past years, the recycled garments have shown imagination and thoughtful craftsmanship in reusing everything from packing peanuts to bicycle tires, newspapers, playing cards, and road maps.
Schools represented at R2RIII include:
Apex High School, Arizona State University, Athens Drive High school, Carrborro High School, Cary High School, Central Carolina Community College, Chapel Hill High School, East Chapel Hill High School, East Wake High School, Garner Magnet High School, Green Hope High School, Holly Springs High school, Home School, Jordan-Matthews High School, Middle Creek HIgh School, North Carolina Central University, Perry Harrison Elementary, Rolesville High School, Sanderson High School, University of Cincinnati, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The fashion event was first presented in 2013 and again in 2014; led by FRANK Member Artist Mark Elliott, it was devised to be an outreach program in support of FRANK’s mission to support the local art community. Drawing inspiration from fashion design competitions and a desire to encourage artists to “think outside the box,” R2R has proven to be among the Gallery’s most popular public events. It has attracted over 300 people each year for the fashion show, with guests spilling out into the sidewalk, and lining up down the street prior to entry. The exhibition itself drew in 3,600 people during its initial two month run in 2013, more than a third of visitor traffic for the year. In 2014 R2R-2 brought over 1500 visitors to the gallery during only a four week exhibition. In the first two years of presenting this project, we produced R2R thanks to a handful of small business sponsorships, the generosity of many volunteers (including the DJ, event planners, trophy makers, etc.), and donations raised during the event itself.