Maker Profile: Nancy Judd

Nancy Judd – Recycle Runway

About Nancy Judd:

Nancy Judd creates couture fashion sculptures from trash through her business Recycle Runway. Imagine a faux fur coat made with endless loops of cassette tape; a glamorous floor-length evening gown glittering with thousands of pieces of crushed glass, or a flamenco inspired dress made of origami junk mail fans sewn together like fish scales.

Ms. Judd’s elegant eco-fashions are exhibited in international high-traffic venues such as airports, museums, and shopping centers– unexpectedly grabbing people’s attention and inspiring them to look at trash with new eyes. Most recently 21 of her sculptures were on exhibit for a year in the Atlanta International Airport through June 2012. This exhibition will begin a 5 year tour of museums around the United States in 2013. One of her pieces, the Obamanos Coat, is part of the Smithsonian’s permanent collection.

Many of Ms. Judd’s works are sponsored by organizations including Delta Air Lines, Toyota, Target and Coca-Cola. Some of her eco-fashions are created in public workshops, such as Eco Flamenco which was completed during a 19 day event with the participation of 5,000 people. The garment on the left took 650 hours to complete.

Environmental Education is at the heart of Ms. Judd’s work– her goal is to inspire people in a positive, fun and creative context to live lighter on the earth. She has given hundreds of presentations around the country to both youth and adults. Most recently she presented at TEDx in Albuquerque, NM.

Ms. Judd is an artist and environmental educator. She has been working in the field of recycling and waste management for over 20 years. In 1995 she moved to Santa Fe, NM to become the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Santa Fe. In 2000, she started her recycling consulting business and served as Executive Director for the New Mexico Recycling Coalition. Ms. Judd’s recycling career and studio art experience came together when she created her first recycled fashion to promote a public education event she co-founded in 1998. The Recycle Santa Fe Art Market and Fashion Contest is still one of Santa Fe’s popular art events!

Ms. Judd grew up in Portland Oregon and received her BA from Pitzer College (Claremont, California) in Art and Sociology. She spent time at the Laguna Beach Art Institute and in theUniversity of Georgia’s art program in Cortona, Italy. A self-taught seamstress, Ms. Judd has been sewing, designing clothing and jewelry, and making art for as long as she can remember!

Nancy will be doing a presentation about her own work as a Maker well as creating our own Recycle Fashion Fantasy area where attendees can work with Nancy and her team to take a item or two and create a brand ‘new to them’ outfit. And the attendees can learn how to update their own closet by using what they learn at our Maker Faire.

See Nancy’s Atlanta Show

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