Call to Artists: Ragfinery’s Cirque du Couture Runway Challenge

Ragfinery, Bellingham’s nucleus of creative textile reuse, announces its much anticipated runway “challenge” and seeks artists to participate. This year’s theme, Cirque du Couture, offers innovative artists, designers, seamstresses, and other creative types a fantastical inspiration from which to springboard designs. Drawing ideas from the popular Cirque du Soleil performance ensemble, participants are encouraged to create runway-ready creations out of anything they can find at Ragfinery!

The challenge isl open for artist registration as of Wednesday, March 1st for a $20 registration fee. Materials can then be purchased from Ragfinery. There will be a cap of 25 participants, and materials are first come first serve, so early registration is encouraged. Individuals interested in participating can sign up in person at Ragfinery (1421 N. Forest Street, Bellingham) and details about the event can be found at ragfinery.com.

Entries must be submitted on May 15th for judging and dress rehearsal.

The Runway Show will be held at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom on Friday, May 19th at 7pm, where participants will model their creations on the red carpet runway. Winners will be announced the night of the show.

Ragfinery is a Bellingham nonprofit organization that diverts unwanted textiles from the waste stream and upcycles them in a training business that provides transitional jobs for low income clients of our partner social service agencies and schools. We collaborate with local artisans and community volunteers to repurpose unwanted garments and textiles into a variety of upcycled goods that showcase the skills and talent of our collective.