Junk to Funk

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Single Use Disposible Art Installation

Mid August through October

SW 9th and Morrison Downtown Portland


ReUse ConEx

October 20th, details TBD


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Junk to Funk Receives RACC Grant for New Installation in Downtown Portland

We don't know where and we don't know when, but we are busy cranking away three new garments for our next Portland public Trashion art installation.  This year's theme is  "Single Use Disposables: Convenience or Condundrum?" featuring garments created out of plastic bags, paper coffee cups and plastic beverage bottles - the three most thrown away single use disposables in the entire world!  Check back soon as we create an entire web page and blog dedicated to this project.

J2F Artist Accepted into PDX Glean

Notorious Junk to Funk Trashion designer Jen LaMastra, from Junk to Funk's House of Trashion, has recently been accepted into Glean: an artist in residency program collaboration between Metro, ReCology and Cracked Pots.  Jen was one of five artists selected to receive a $2000 stipend and scavenging privileges at the transfer station.  We can't wait to see her work at the public showing in September, stay tuned for details.

Junk to Funk Accepted into PSU Social Innovation Incubator

We are thrilled to have been accepted a part of the 2012 Social Innovation Incubator cohort through Portland State University.  As listed in Fast Company's “51 Bold Ideas and Brilliant Urbanites Helping to Build The Cities of America’s Future” in their May 2011 edition, the SII is a business accelerator and mentorship program for social entrepreneurs focused on solving environmental and social problems through business enterprises. 


Currently up at SW 10th and Alder in Portland, OR
Currently up at SW 10th and Alder in Portland, OR

J2F Celebrates Portland's

Ban on Plastic Bags

We were so thrilled that Portland finally joined the cities and countries across the nation in trashing this unnecessary single use disposable nuisance, we wanted to celebrate with plastic bag Trashion.  The installation is located on SW 10th at Alder in the Galleria building in downtown Portland and will remain up through January. 

This installation is viewable from the sidewalk 24 hours a day, just in case you get a 4:00am itch for Trashion.  Special thanks to the PDX Storefront program for funding this project!

Another Year of Trashion Camp Success
We've just closed up our second year of Trashion camp and we continue to find these creative teens simply inspiring.  Using recycled materials from SCRAP and donations from community members, campers embarked on several re-use challenges, created upcycled bracelets, bags, t-shirts, earrings and even created their very own outrageous Trashion garments.

We had so much fun we've decided to expand our youth programs to offer Trashion Birthday Parties as well.  Stay tuned or inquire for details and be sure to check back next winter for summer 2012 camp details.

Junk to Funk + Vitaminwater
We had the amazing opportunity to partner with Vitaminwater to create a Trashion garment for a sustainable fashion marketing campaign. The garment was made entirely of recycled Vitaminwater bottles and labels. It was launched at the 2011 Mercury fashion show, "Open Season".  What an awesome project this was, we had so much fun with it...and to top it off, it was a huge crowd hit! 

Check out the video that vitaminwater created following House of Trashion designer Jen LaMastra through her hilarious creative process.

Stressin' The Dress
Photo Credit: The Oregonian
Photo Credit: The Oregonian

Did You See Us In The Oregonian?
We are honored that the Oregonian chose Junk to Funk as a feature story last month.  If you didn't see Trashion gracing the front page of the Sunday "O" section, check our the full length article.....
Junk to Funk Trashion Collective Has Designs on Recycling and Reuse; By Kristi Turnquist, The Oregonian
To look at her, you wouldn't assume Lindsey Newkirk spends most of her time thinking about garbage. Sitting in her tidy office inside a converted garage in the Alberta Arts District.... read more

Junk to Funk [hearts] PDX

Our first downtown Portland public installation highlighted not only our love for Portland and the celebration of our city’s leadership in recycling but called on the public for an entire new way of looking at waste through reducing and creatively reusing.

A big thanks to our installation sponsors:


Our TV Debut
Junk to Funk was featured on KPTV recently showcasing our afterschool program with Humbolt School.  We conducted a year long class with these trashionistas creating upcycled fashion accessories and a collaborative “Trashion Challenge” project where the students were encouraged to have no limits in creative and outrageous design innovation using "junk".

Check out the news clip to hear what the kids had to say about their experience in creative reuse empowerment and their new perspectives on stuff!   Our after school programs with Humbolt and Cesar Chavez were funded through Saturday Academy by the Portland Children's Levy so a great big thank you to them for bringing our program to these great kids.

photo courtesy of Erin Berzel
photo courtesy of Erin Berzel

Our Fifth Year Anniversary Event: "Transformation" was a great party! 

Thank you everyone who came out and supported us. For those who weren't able to make it, here is a little recap of what you missed....

We debuted 18 gorgeous new Trashion designs from some of our best designers from over the past five years. Each piece had its unique story of material relationships and impacts ranging from phone books, bailing twine and tea bags to recycled ball caps and Bible pages. 

Check out our Facebook page for photos.

Photo courtesy of Michael Smith
Photo courtesy of Michael Smith
Portland Airport Display
This was our biggest opportunity to date! Thanks to the invitation by the Port of Portland, we had a 6 month display showcased in the Portland Airport gallery featuring top designs from the past 4 years.

Special thanks to designers Cheryl Lorhman, Kristin Olson-Huddle, Emily Hyde, Adrienne Duckrow, Jen LaMastra and Colleen Mezijeski for lending their garments, to Port of Portland for the opportunity and to
Michael Smith for putting together such a terrific display.

Photo courtesy of Deanna Bredthauer
Photo courtesy of Deanna Bredthauer
Portland Fashion Week 2010
We were honored to be asked by Portland Fashion Week to create a trashion display for their 2010 opening night.  Being a sustainability focused fashion show we thought it was appropriate to create an installation titled "The Story of Fashion: Fashion As Usual v. Fashion Forward".  The installation featured 5 new couture garments created out of waste textiles.

A huge appreciation to designers Jen LaMastra, Taylor Stevenson, Traci Price and Ruth Waddy and models Kelly English, Erin McGarry, Chelsea Peil and Tanya Cheeke.

Junk to Funk Hits the Miss America Pageant
Stephanie Steers, Miss Oregon 2010, will be wearing a Junk to Funk garment at the 2011 Miss America Parade held mid January in Las Vegas.  In the parade event, contestants are charged with wearing a garment that represents their home state.  What better way to represent Oregon than to wear a garment created out of recycled materials!

Stephanie will be wearing “Re-Tired Swimwear”, a 1950’s style swimsuit and cap made entirely out of discarded bike tire tubes, created by Taylor Cass Stevenson.

J2F Goes Gaga
Ok, this one might seem a little scandalous, but come on, it's Lady Gaga!  Alright, while we didn't work with the actual Lady Gaga, we did have a great time in a mock Gaga photo shoot with the Willamette Week. It was only appropriate to bring in a crazy head to toe bike tire tube outfit when the Willamette Week asked "Who Should be Lady Gaga's Next Fashion Muse?  Portland's Junk to Funk of Course."  Check out the full article here.

Gratitude to designers Taylor Stevenson (jewelry), Kristin Olson-Huddle (dress and model), Jen LaMastra (wig and makeup), Chris Ryan Photography and the The Willamette Week.