Textile Arts Center Presents Eco-Fashion by National Artist Nancy Judd

MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology announces its spring 2013 exhibit ReDress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd.  The traveling exhibit will be on view at the Funk Center, Jan. 19–April 27.

Nancy Judd, an artist and environmental educator, creates couture fashion sculptures from trash through her business, Recycle Runway. Environmental education is at the heart of Judd’s work—her goal is to inspire people in a positive, fun and creative context to live lighter on the earth.

“Over the years I have found fashion to be a surprisingly useful way of engaging people in thinking about sustainability. Fashion attracts our attention because of the connection that clothes have to our bodies, which allows me to connect with people on a more personal level,” said Judd.

Judd has been commissioned by major companies such as Target, Coca-Cola Co. and Delta Air Lines to create not only magnificent works of art, but also to convey the value of consumer consciousness and the future of our planet. Her creations, exhibited worldwide, have caught the attention of major media including USA Today and CNN. In addition, one of her cre­ations, the Obamanos Coat, has recently been accepted into the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Ruth Funk Center will present 18 of Judd’s unique, thought-provoking works to the greater Central Florida community.

Judd will also visit Florida Tech March 12 as part of the Friends of Textiles Lecture Series. The lecture is at 6 p.m. in the Denius Student Center’s Hartley Room on campus; a reception starts at 5:15. Individual tickets for the lecture cost $10 each for the general public and are free to Friends of Textiles (FOT) members and full-time students.

Regular hours for the Ruth Funk Center are Tuesday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. The Center is located next to Evans Library on the Florida Tech campus in Melbourne at 150 W. University Blvd. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://textiles.fit.edu or call (321) 674-8313.

IMAGE: Recycling Fiesta, Nancy Judd, 2002. Photo by Sandrine Hahn.
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