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RUBBISH Renewed Eco Fashion Show

Read more: RUBBISH Renewed Eco Fashion ShowTransforming trash & inspiring community for a sustainable earth

Audiences will enjoy the diverse wearable art at the third annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show set for Thursday, December 6 at The Century Center in Bend.
The benefit will support REALMS Families. Rimrock Expeditionary Alternative Learning Middle School is a public charter school for sixth through eigth grade students who are seeking a small, active and challenging educational environment.

Show-stopping numbers walk the runway, created by artists, individuals, community members and students in Bend - a one-of-a-kind event. Included is a “Marketplace” with local vendors.
Two shows: 6 and 8:30pm. Come early to check out the Marketplace and silent auction. Stay late to bid on the runway fashions. $12 for adults and $6 for children under ten years. Tickets: rubbishrenewed.com or Sara Bella in NorthWest Crossing, ReStore and Barrio Restaurant in Bend.

Bend Fall Festival Puts Fashion Meets Art Forward

Read more: Bend Fall Festival  Puts Fashion  Meets Art  ForwardThe weekend of October 6-7 will see the second coming of the Artist Runway at  the Fall Festival. Th  e event is a showcase for the original hand fabricated garments and accessories by the artists and craftspeople who participate.

“When we started it came out of excitement with the combination of original fashion and repurposing so evident in the artisanal clothing,” explains Karin Roy, artist coordinator for C3 Events, producers of the festival. “Because of my background in fashion, I naturally wanted to put it on a runway, and Cameron and Tiffany Clark jumped right onboard. Then we realized that by using the music stages, we could show not only clothing and accessories, but also two and three dimensional art to the audience who is there for the music, but might not otherwise walk the arts and crafts section, an introduction of sorts.”

The fiber artists on this year’s runway, sponsored by North Soles Foot Wear, will run the gamut from the edgier knitwear of Flood Clothing and Shabby Knapsacks who repurpose sweaters and jersey into warm, unique garments to Blossom Merz’s hand woven wraps and ruanas, drawing some of their inspiration from the deep simplicity of monk’s garments seamlessly complementing a variety of attitudes, and everything in between.

CitySlips Take You on the Road

Read more: CitySlips Take You on the RoadPerfect for the fashionista on the go this fall, CitySlips are convertible ballet flats offering style and comfort while on the road. CitySlips are foldable ballet flats that fit conveniently in most purses, so women can slip out of their sky-high stilettos and into comfy flats without sacrificing their fabulous style.

The double-soled flats fold compactly into their included zip pouch, which then converts to a larger tote that carries those sky-high heels!

With prints ranging from leopard print to solids, and colors that include always-fashionable neutrals and vibrant hot pinks, CitySlips is style-conscious for every vacation and outfit. Great for avoiding pain from skyscraper heels and pointy pumps.


Summer 2012: Vibrant Colors

Picking up any fashion magazine these days and flipping through the pages, you will be bombarded by vibrant color in shoes, purses, clothing and accessories. Spring and summer is awakened in us by the sight of these vivid colors, often seen in items as single colors, combinations or as color-blockings.

These are the colors that we are seeing this season:
Vibrant medium tone Orange:
Spessartite Garnet, Citrine, Mexican Fire Opal, Sapphire
Daffodil or Lemon Yellow:
Sapphire, Citrine, Golden Beryl, Chrysoberyl
Vibrant Pinks:
Sapphire, Spinel, Tourmaline
Lime or Grass Green:
Tsavorite, Chrome Tourmaline, Emerald, Peridot, Tourmaline, Grossular Garnet
Rich Sky or Ocean Blues:
Aquamarine, Beryl, Sapphire, Zircon, Tourmaline, Blue Topaz

Crystal or Black Opals with their great play of color can also tie these shades together easily.
Many of these colors will work great on their own or when used complimentarily in pieces of jewelry.

Ethiopian Opals
Ethiopian Opals discovered in Wollo Province in 2008 have gained popularity due to the rich rainbow of colors and transparency they exhibit. Proven to be stable, resistant to crazing and remarkably durable, they exhibit an unusual property known as hydrophane, that is, these opals came out of the ground very porous, possessing the ability to absorb water very easily. The play of color in these opals is more of a broad-flash pattern, specific to this source.

For a more in-depth article on these materials, refer to the Gems & Gemology issue, Summer 2010. Karen Bandy Studio, Original Jewelry and Paintings. 25 NW Minnesota Ave Suite 5, 541-388-0155, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , www.karenbandy.com.

Jewelry Designer Karen Bandy Celebrates 25 Years

Read more: Jewelry Designer  Karen Bandy  Celebrates 25 YearsIn search of natural beauty to complement her artistic sense, and a place to grow artistically and in the business world, Karen Bandy moved to Bend in 1987. With a dream and $3,500 dollars in her pocket, she launched her custom jewelry design business.

Starting in rented space in one corner of a local art gallery, Bandy introduced “wearable” designs, as she describes them, using design and manufacturing techniques that were seldom seen in Central Oregon prior to her arrival: bezels hold and protect gems, squared-off ring shanks last longer and are more comfortable on the hand. “Perfect for Bend’s active lifestyle,” she believed, and customers apparently agreed. Bandy is now into her twenty-fifth year.

Exclusive worldwide sources provided colored gems also new to the region. Bandy introduced tourmaline, brought drusy, chalcedonies, champagne diamonds, boulder opals and fossilized walrus ivory to the region’s attention in stunning, architectural or sculptural designs.

“Bendites were very receptive” to her forward-thinking style, Bandy said, and of her vision and a uniquely collaborative design process. She spends hours with a client, looking at hand shape or body type, asking about lifestyle, tastes and preferences. Preliminary drawings are shared, three-dimensional wax models are carved by Karen. Gemstone and metal choices are explored. The right goldsmith for each project is selected from a roster of the West’s finest craftsmen.