Etsy Upcycle Contest

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Not too long after I first started Miss Malaprop, I entered the Etsy Upcycle Recycling Contest, back in January 2007. The challenge was to create something amazing out of materials that otherwise would have been thrown away. Inspiration struck almost immediately for me, as this was less than a year and a half after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and the federal levee disaster happened in New Orleans. I was surrounded by trash and debris on a daily basis.

For Mardi Gras the year before, I’d participated in a fashion show where local designers created garments out of the blue tarp material that was ubiquitous here in NOLA at the time. I’d since accumulated more of it, as people kept asking me to make stuff out of the blue plastic tarps for them. So I took some of the leftover FEMA tarp, and made this:

blue tarp outfit I made for the Etsy upcycle recycling contest

And I managed to win 3rd place in the nationwide contest!!!

Not only that, my FEMA tarp outfit was featured on MAKE and Boing Boing!! I was Internet famous for a hot second.

Pretty good for some junk that otherwise would have been thrown away, right?

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