Recycling, Upcycling, Fun Arise at Metamorphose 2019

Date: Friday, April 26 2019


Lane Events Center A Spacious Showcase for Recycled Goods, Games and Fashion

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Model Kendra Mode-Wolf spreads her wings as she glides down the runway in "Hope," the winning showpiece by fashion student Georgia Bryant. Photo by Diane Ketelsen.

Like a butterfly venturing from its chrysalis, Metamorphose 2019 emerged from creatively productive minds to fill the Lane Events Center of objects of wonder, challenge and mercy on the environment. A full day of displays and activities capped by a glitzy show of upcycled fashion, Metamorphose 2019 highlighted recycled materials from its title sponsors and partners – a giant mandala comprised of PakTech recycled handles, and from Wells Fargo, multi-colored bank bags begging for new lives via the magic of upcycling.

Throughout the afternoon visitors shopped a vendor row, admiring the latest unlikely components for jewelry and home décor, and cast votes for their favorite submissions from St. Vincent de Paul’s collaborating agencies, BRING and its Product Design Challenge, and MECCA’s Object Afterlife. The giant King Pong game kept kids and adults alike busy as they tackled the classic game in theater format at its stand-up play station.

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Tracy Sydor set up a glamor shot prior to the arduous task of judging the Metamorphose upcycled fashions. The 2019 judges, from left, Sarah Dooley of Marley’s Monsters, Alexandra Bonds, Professor Emerita of Costume Design at the UO, Branch Manager Dylan Ferguson of Wells Fargo, Slug Queen Emeritus Santa Frida Babosita, and 2018 Queen Slugita Incognita.

Puzzled? You should be by this flower and hummer pieced by Charity Hopkins.

Lane County's Garbage Guru sent real people to answer recycling questions, above from left, Shasha Li, Rod Thompson, and Teresa and Genevieve Rourke.

La Primavera del Corazon by Maria del Rosio Diaz Mariscal.

Above: A mandala of plastic caps in rainbow colors and shiny gold medallions kept folks of all ages grounded, including the Hewitt family. Right, model Kendra Mode-Wolf graced the sponsors' reception in an elegantly sobering creation entitled Aquarius. Notice the plastics-entwined train.

Past Metamorphose designer Marian Harris has turned her talents from fabric to computer parts with dazzling results.


Above, manning the King Pong game is Mark Davis with his squid cohorts, Geronimo and Michael. At right, Bird Armor by Janice Daniels.

Cliff Martin’s recycled jewelry and quirky decor captivated visitors to his Arto’Cycle booth.

Beware DiLong Earthworm Dragon, Charmane Landing’s egg-carton/cardboard creation that earned two multiple awards.