Nancy Judd creates couture sculptures made from trash. Imagine a glamorous floor-length evening gown glittering with thousands of crushed glass pieces that encourages us to see garbage in new ways. One of Ms. Judd’s pieces has been accepted into the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.
Her elegant recycled fashion sculptures are exhibited in international high-traffic venues such as airports, shopping centers and museums, unexpectedly grabbing people’s attention and inspiring resource conservation in a creative venue. Sponsored by organizations including Delta Air Lines, Toyota, Target and Coca-Cola, each piece takes between 50-400 hours to create and is made to last 100 years. For 20 years Ms. Judd has worked in the field of recycling and solid waste management, and she has studied art since she was a child. In 1995 Ms. Judd moved to Santa Fe, NM to become the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Santa Fe. In 2000, she started her recycling consulting business and served as Executive Director for the New Mexico Recycling Coalition. From 2001-2008 Ms. Judd traveled through the US giving over 30 recycled fashion shows, accompanied by youth presentations. In 2007 Ms. Judd began to install exhibitions of her work in airports.
Ms. Judd grew up in Portland Oregon and received her BA from Pitzer College (Claremont, California) in Art and Sociology. She spent time at the Laguna Beach Art Institute and the University of Georgia’s art program in Cortona, Italy. A self-taught seamstress, Ms. Judd has been sewing, designing clothing and jewelry, and making art since she was a child.