Recycle Runway

Airport ensemble made of trash

PDX Recyle Runway Weather Advisory_courtesy PDX Airport

This stormy weather outfit made from disposable coffee cups, parking garage tickets, scrap electrical wire and invasive canary grass is on display at Portland International Airport through the end of April, 2016.

Titled “PDX Weather Advisory,” the offbeat ensemble is the latest trash-to-fashion creation by Nancy Judd, of Recycle Runway, and was commissioned to celebrate the city, PDX airport and the environmental programs of the Port of Portland, which operates the airport.

Judd said the raincoat, which represents the Port’s Waste Minimization Program, is made from disposable cup to encourage travelers to reuse coffee cups, water bottles and other items.

The umbrella, swirling with parking garage tickets, represents the Air Quality Program and its success in reducing emissions from idling vehicles.

The scrap electrical wire woven into the sculpture’s scarf highlight the clean energy programs, while the wildlife photos that make up the hat are a nod to the Natural Resources Program.

And the Reed Canary grass used in the boots is one of the invasive species being managed on Port land.

“PDX Weather Advisory” is on display in the north end of the PDX baggage claim through the end of April.

If you miss seeing it there, you’ll get another chance in 2017/2018 at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport where Recycle Runway will have a year-long show that will feature 20 of Judd’s eco-fashion sculptures.

ATL featured ten cases of Judd’s creations in 2011/2012.

Sneak peek at Environmental Steward-ess

Under the name “Recycle Runway, ” Nancy Judd makes couture fashion out of trash. One example: this western-style cowgirl skirt and vest made by weaving pages from old phone books. Pages from old directories have also been applied to the cowgirl hat and vintage “pee-wee” cowgirl boots. Used CDs create the silver accents on the outfit.

cowgirl outfit made of old phone books

Judd’s work has been displayed at airports in Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Albuquerque. And later this month, 18 eco-trash couture garments will go on display at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Of special interest will be this flight attendant uniform titled Environmental Stewdard-ess.


Judd says:

The uniform, hat and purse are sewn from worn-out leather seat covers from Delta planes. The cape is made from replaced safety cards, Sky Magazines, old plane tickets, and pretzel wrappers all cut into strips and sewn onto worn pillow cases. The cape was then lined with a discarded Delta blanket. Both the cape and purse appear to fly in the wind thanks to armatures created from metal wire used for yard signs during the last presidential election. Recycled aluminum cans were used to create the vintage Delta symbol on the purse, hat and belt.”

Tidbits for travelers: art in AUS & PHX

“Travel/Places,” a new exhibit at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) combines hand-scripted, journey-related quotes with illustrations of places traveled.  10 members of Austin’s Capital City Scribes contributed 12 works to this exhibit, which includes a piece by Abigail Hutchison incorporating the travel quote attributed to Saint Augustine: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page,” and this piece by Dee Day titled “Gone to Texas.”

You can see – and read – the entire “Travel/Places” exhibit in the Austin airport’s Airside West Gallery,  post-security, on the concourse behind the BookPeople bookstore, across from Gate 11.

Also, if you missed it at the Albuquerque, Pittsburgh or Atlanta airports, you can now see Nancy Judd’s Recycle Runway exhibit at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The exhibit includes dresses and accessories made from items such as aluminum cans, water bottles and junk mail. Highlights include a Rusty Nail dress made of, yes, rusty nails, a Red Glass Gown made of crushed glass, and this Faux Fur coat made of videotape.

Look for the Recycle Runway exhibit in Phoenix Sky Harbor’s Terminal 3 through August 8th.