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Workshop transforms garbage into fashion

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

WOODSTOCK -- Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River will help people learn to dress trashy at an upcoming workshop.

The environmental organization and Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation are partnering in a series of workshops this spring.

The Trash Fashion Workshop will be 1-4 p.m. March 31 at W.W. Robinson Elementary School. It will teach attendees how to use items thought of as garbage, such as plastic, recycled shirts and aluminum cans, and turn them into clothes and accessories.

Cindy Frenzel, education coordinator for FNFSR, said inspiration for the workshop came from two students attending the Massanutten Regional Governor's School.

Those students -- Frenzel's daughter Jessica and Erin Rainard -- will help at the workshop.

"We're starting to promote recycling a little bit more," Frenzel said. "It's just kind of a neat thing that's happening out there. People are making clothing, and they're having fashion shows, and designers -- high-end designers -- are reusing and repurposing things into fashion. Just something as simple as crocheting with plastic bags, or making earrings out of aluminum cans."

Those attending the workshop will make something small and learn how to make other projects at home, Frenzel said.

"They're going to make scarves, hair decorations, beads, and then we're going to show them how to use plastic for crocheting and knitting, and giving them lots of ideas of how to make bigger things when they get home, how to make purses, how to make dresses," she said.

Participants can register for the workshops through Parks and Recreation, department director Pam Sheets said. She said the trash workshop is unique.

"If you're creative and an arty person and you're also into recycling, this is a really good option to kind of make some fun things for family or kids or friends," she said.

The class is $10 for FNFSR members, and $12 for non-members. Two family members or friends can pay one fee if they work together on one project.

To register for this or the other workshops, go to www.scpr.info, or stop by the Parks and Recreation Department at the Shenandoah County Government Center. For more information, call the department at 459-6777, or FNFSR at 459-8550, or email friends@shentel.net.

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