ecomaine introduced that Aurora Milton, a sophomore at Cape Elizabeth Excessive Faculty, gained its annual Upcycle Problem for her design and manufacturing of pants produced from outdated curtains and cloth that might have in any other case been discarded. Voted on throughout the two weeks surrounding Earth Day 2022, the competition featured two different entries as finalists – outdated denims was useful aprons by RSU #13’s (Rockland) Afterschool Program with The Touchdown Place, and a big tree sculpture made by Aria Pines and Portland’s Casco Bay Excessive Faculty Waste to Artwork Intensive with artist Kim Bernard.
In much less two weeks, the competition noticed greater than 1,500 votes; Milton’s pants garnered greater than 61% of the vote, incomes the $500 grand prize. From Milton’s contest entry: “Rewind to the 90s with these stylish, street-style trousers. Not too long ago impressed by 90s trend, designer Aurora Milton took inspiration from many 90s idols equivalent to Associates, TLC, and Future’s Baby. By changing a darker colour with this off-white, retro turns into trendy whereas nonetheless embodying the true nature of this period. Nobody would know that the creamy, cargo materials of the legs is definitely a window curtain saved from a swap store. Or that the deep, utility pockets are made with an outdated flannel from Goodwill. Wearable in winter, summer season, spring, and fall, any prime paired with this pant would make a wonderful runway-ready look.”
“All three finalists did an incredible job,” stated Matt Grondin, ecomaine’s Communications Supervisor. “It’s necessary to congratulate every of them for his or her nice creativity, and we’re thrilled to see Aurora’s trendy, upcycled design win the grand prize.”