Trash bags, aluminum can tabs and newspapers- all things you might find in a recycling bin… or in the case of one camp, on the runway.

This week, campers in Design the Runway learned to turn everyday items into wearable fashions. It all started with a lesson in art. Campers studied color theory, including hue and gradients. Their studies included some hands-on learning, dying beach towels to show a mix of colors.

The camp used a variety of tools to embellish their clothes and accessories. That included learning how to iron patches onto shirts and hats. They discovered how the patches could add a personal touch to a piece that started out looking more basic.

At the end of the week, campers got a chance to show off their hard work. Their runway show included three different sections and featured a variety of homemade fashions. The designers modeled their own pieces, including towels, hats, jewelry, dresses, bags and more. Many of the items were personalized using paint, dyes and beading.

Not only did campers earn a round of applause at the end of their show, but they also will take home their own collection of runway pieces to show friends and family who couldn’t make it to the show.

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