Diary of a Volunteer Model…

By Yana Passater

This past weekend the Greenheart Shop sponsored the Swap-O-Rama-Rama, an event dedicated to bringing creative people together with designers and craft artists who can show them how to make something really useful out of what they have lying around the house. Participants at the Swap bring a donation and a bag of unwanted clothes, and can take, or remake, anything else they find there. The goal of this weekend is not only to teach people to reuse and get creative, but also to raise money for the Chicago Waldorf School, which provided the event’s space, and the Three Sister’s Folk Art School.

Friday night the re:MAKE fashion show inspired and entertained guests by featuring local designers who used vintage and recycled materials in their collections. The T shaped cat walk came right up to the crowd so that models walked out from behind a blue curtain and directly up to the majority of the audience before turning right into the crowd for a pause, a pose, and a spin. None of the audience members would have missed the new detail of the recreated pillow cases, bed sheets, curtains, and thriftthe gorgeous jewelry provided by Glory Jewelry Designs or Bee, LLC, two jewelry vendors which help promote social good and creative re-use through their lines. I hope that the wonderful people who came to watch the show and support the event got as much out of it as I.