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    October 31, 2018


    3S Artspace, Recovergirl, and Goodwill of Northern New England Present:


    Call To Fashion Designers For Sustainable Fashion Competition

    Press Release


    PORTSMOUTH, N.H., October 31, 20183S Artspace, Recovergirl, and Goodwill Northern New England are once again joining forces to promote regional designers and sustainable fashion in the Project Upcycle design competition. They are currently accepting submissions from fashion designers and aspiring fashion designers to compete in the 2nd Project Upcycle competition. Everyone from students to self-taught designers to working designers to retirees is encouraged to apply (must be age 18+ and a New England resident).

    Eight designers will be chosen for the upcycled sewing challenge which takes place March 28-30, 2019 and culminates in the highly anticipated Project Upcycle Runway Event on March 30.

    "Last year, we had no idea what to expect. It was our first year, and we were surprised by how many aspiring designers were ready to take on this challenge! Seeing their dedication in action, the camaraderie and support within the competition was such a special experience for all of us. It was more than we hoped for and we can't wait to help support the next team of Project Upcycle designers at 3S Artspace," said Beth Falconer, executive director of 3S Artspace.

    This wildly creative and fast-paced design challenge puts designers to the test as they transform secondhand clothing, provided by Goodwill, into a gala-worthy outfit over the course of two days. Designs will then hit the runway, modeled by Seacoast community role models in the Project Upcycle Runway Event at 3S Artspace.

    “We’re proud to support aspiring designers. Goodwill is all about sustainable fashion and building career skills, so to see this done with such creativity and community support is exciting,” said Rich Cantz, president and CEO of Goodwill Northern New England.

    Designs will be judged on execution, creative reuse of materials, and styling. A cash prize will be awarded to the top three designers (First Prize: $1,500, Second Prize: $1,000, Third Prize: $500).

    “The thrill for me is seeing a group of designers come together for a creative challenge and in the process, get to know and support each other. I love that everyone involved in this unique event is on board to celebrate sustainable design. The cash prize and competition is just one aspect of Project Upcycle. It’s become a true community effort where the designers’ weekend-long design and sewing efforts are appreciated and honored by the greater community,” said Jennifer Moore, founder of Recovergirl.

    Project Upcycle brings emerging designers together to foster connections, encourage creativity, and inspire growth. 3S Artspace, Recovergirl, and Goodwill NNE are helping plant the seeds for sustainable fashion brands in New England and beyond, and developing an audience that will support the design paths of emerging, talented designers.

    “Project Upcycle was such a fun and challenging experience. It was great to spend time and share support with other designers who are passionate about their work. Taking part helped give me the confidence to take the next step of opening my own upcycled clothing business. I’m still so glad I was part of the inaugural team of designers,” said Tamsin Whitehead, designer and 2nd Prize Winner of Project Upcycle 2018.

    About 3S Artspace:
    3S Artspace is a 501 © 3 non-profit arts organization dedicated to presenting and supporting bold, emerging arts and entertainment and to cultivating an informal space that celebrates curiosity, creativity, and community.


    About Recovergirl:
    Recovergirl is a blog written by Kittery, Maine resident Jennifer Moore. The mission of the blog is to celebrate sustainable style in fashion and design. Moore works part-time as a library clerk at the Portsmouth Public Library.


    About Goodwill of Northern New England:
    Goodwill of Northern New England offers job training to people in New Hampshire. That work is supported through the donations and sales in its thrift stores.


    Application Deadline: 12/21/18

    Link to apply: http://www.3sarts.org/gallery/project-upcycle-2019-call-to-designers

    Designers Announced: 1/18/19

    Project Upcycle Design Competition: 3/28-3/30/19

    Project Upcycle Runway Event: 3/30/19
    Beth Falconer, Executive Director
    (603) 766-3330