The 13th Annual
VAA Wearable Art and Runway Fashion Show
"Bewitched!" - February 16, 2019

The 13th annual Valley Arts Alliance Wearable Art and Runway Fashion Show was performed at the Palmer Depot, with both a 3pm Matinee and a 7pm Evening performance.

Both the 3pm Matinee and the 7pm Evening Performanc were opened by Devon Shaw and Jason Howard.

Pam Huyck and Hillary Saffran served as Masters of Ceremony. Both performances were sold out!


Carmen Summerfield opened the show as a bewitching Witch!

Carmen is wearing an outfit made from admission tickets to VAA Wearable Art and Runway Fashion Shows.

Girls Night Out

Designed and created by Robin Bumgardner and the MatSu Mamas;
modeled by Hillary Saffran

Our Lady in Red dress is decorated with handmade hats representing the Matsu Mamas Group, that wears red hats.  Materials are toilet paper rolls and fabric scraps with all the leftovers in our sewing kits, such as beads, ribbons, buttons, feathers, bows and other baubles.

Crafting these hats had us all brimming over with enthusiasm and friendship over the past few months. Our hats are off to the Valley Arts Alliance for letting us share our fashion fun in the Wearable Art and Runway Fashion Show todays.

An Explosion of Catastrophe

Designed, created, and modeled by Colleen Wake

This is Colleen’s 12th year in the show. She had no idea what to do, so she asked her sister for music suggestions. Her sister suggested “Ladies and Gentlemen”. Colleen loved the song, so she watched the music video and made this outfit to go along with the song.

I am trying to get everyone’s attention…  Look at me!

A Beautiful Garden Delight

Designed and created by Sandra McMillian, assisted by Nina Shaw;
modeled by Sandra McMillian

Inspired by Sandra’s love of gardening, this umbrella frame supports a recycled dress and many, many flowers attached by a tagging gun

Something Shiny

Designed and Created by Linda Lockhart;
modeled by Courtney-Lynn Cox

Hand-linked pirate coins sway from this sparkling golden garment. In Ancient Egyptian fashion we tried to get Courtney-Lynn to wear nothing under this, but that was "nothing doing!" Besides this is a family show! Now for you Black Sails fans get ready to see "something shiny.".

24 Carrot Magic

Designed, created, and modeled by Sandra Cook

You could say that Sandra mailed her outfit in this year, literally, by sewing used envelopes together to make her pinafore, and later painting her creation 24 karat gold.

Sandra’s concept of 24 karat magic wasn’t exactly what Bruno Mars had in mind when he wrote the song, but it is perfect for the Matanuska Valley. This song makes her heart BEET!


Designed and created by Ava Peticolas and Carmen Summerfield;
modeled by Ava Peticolas

Ava volunteered to drag herself down the runway as a caterpillar made from recycled materials, such as little “Zip-Fizz” containers and other materials found in Pat Garley’s studio.

Hopefully Ava can break free from this cocoon and fly away!

Bewitching Plastic

Designed and created by Dianne Boyd;
modeled by Marilyn Bennett

Bewitching single-use plastic, so convenient, so easy to trash and forget. Oh how we love you! Stop! Single use plastic has a dark side! If you get bewitched by single-use plastic, please recycle. And be sure to visit the Valley Community for Recycling Solutions, and help protect our environment.

Bewitching Plastic dress was made from 300 plastic bags, and 3 disposable plastic table cloths. The hat has feathers made from plastic strips, and flowers and feathers from plastic bottles.

Sarah at the Ball

Designed and created by Ginny Lawton;
modeled by Kate Lawton

Kate Lawton, dressed as Sarah from the film Labyrinth, seems to have the Goblin King Jareth well in hand. He surely finds her bewitching in her gown of satin, glittered tulle, and magical fabrics that defy description. Crystals and rhinestones glimmer to complete her ensemble.

She will not fall for his attempts at enchantment.  She’s captured his glass ball of spells and even Jareth himself in his owl form. Just proves that those who bewitch can themselves be bewitched.

Kitsune Conjuring

Designed and created by Tamora Harding-Childs;
modeled by Claire Childs

In Asian mythology, the Kitsune (kit-soon-e) is a paranormal fox being that possesses human form to embody an elusive trickster, spell-conjurer, and a mystical spirit animal.

Behold and beware of the spell-bound Bad-Ass Be-witch of the forest.

Made from hand-painted fabric, recycled metal, plastics and upholstery, and organic material from the enchanted forest.


Designed and created by Kim Kilkenny;
modeled by Johanna Mees

This cross between a bee and a witch is made from 60 yards of tulle, embellished with beads, paint, trim, feathers and velvet.

Fairy Godmothers

Designed, created, and modeled by Ginny Lawton, Pat Gaken, and Audrey Kelly

These three ladies should look familiar as they’ve graced the runway and bewitched the audience in various attire and personas over the past eleven years.  2019 brings a communal effort in design and creation to celebrate Wearable Art’s 13th year.

Whether they travel in threes as Flora, Fauna, and Meriwether, or in groups of six with different monikers at a different locale, they obviously love to flit about in net and tulle.  This is the fourth time they’ve appeared in tutus on the Wearable Art runway.  Sequined tops add required fairy glamour.  Fairy wings and wands along with the iconic cone hats complete the ensembles.  What more could one want other than a wish or two granted!

Queen of the Dance

Designed, created, and modeled by Maeve Morgan Rath

Maeve's primary question when considering clothing is, "can I dance in it?"

Made from plastic bags and left over yarn, she hearkened to her Celt-Irish ancestors for inspiration in creating this outfit. For thousands of years, medieval and modern religions have painted many ancient queens and goddesses, like Queen Maeve and Morgan Le Fey, as wicked witches.

Our Maeve sees through all of that, and embraces the bewitching magic of her mighty namesakes: Maeve, the cunning and enchanting fairy queen; Maeve the intoxicating warrior queen; Maeve, the powerful sovereign goddess of Ireland at the Hills of Tara; the Irish triple goddess called  Morrigan, and Morgan le Fey, infamous witch of Arthurian legends.

A Silver Dream

Designed and created by Elsie LeDoux;
modeled by Jasmin Butrlakorn

An ethereal dream, swinging huge rosettes of metals, fabric, and dried flowers, elegantly entwined.

Made from garden screening, fabric, silvery dried flowers, and fairy lights.

Paper Cut

Designed and created by River Flowers and the Steam Driven Boutique staff;
modeled by Brandi Kinney (afternoon, shown) and Gabbrielle Madison (evening)

A Victorian-inspired ensemble made from home décor magazines, ribbon, and chop sticks.

This creation is sponsored by the Steam Driven Boutique in Wasilla. The Steam Driven Boutique offers youth the opportunity to upcycle clothing into Steam Punk designs. The Steam Driven Boutique is owned by My House in Wasilla. My House—supporting homeless youth by offering a hand up and not a hand out.

Winter Queen in Training

Designed, created, and modeled by Alia McKenzie-Cole

Cold breezes, sparkling ice sickles, snowflakes falling lazily. Hoarfrost covering the trees, frozen lakes and rosy cheeks. Sunlight sparkling on a silent forest, the sounds of the crunching snow under your feet. Days of sunshine making the world melt, followed by more snow and ice.
All of these are brought to you by the Winter Queen in Training. She rejoices in making us grumble and keeps track of how many cars she puts in the ditches.

The Winter Queen enjoys re-purposing her mother’s old dresses, making them more fashionable and in her taste. She uses her budding magic to wrap herself in snowflakes, ice sickles and frost.

This dress was recycled from the production wardrobe of the Valley Arts Alliance Alaska Home Companion show. Alia redesigned it by debulking several layers of tousle. She also made the ice sickles and snowflakes using hot glue and lots of glitter!

Platinum Blonds Atomic #78

Designed and created by Elsie LeDoux;
modeled by Lindsey Kaufman and Alyvia Davis

An edgy piece using and manipulating punched sheet metals, diamond plate, vinyl, fabrics, and barbed wire.

Midsummer Night's Dream

Designed and created by Bea Adler;
modeled by Cassidy Seamount and Izak Shelley

William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a fantasy of lovers, both human and forest fairy, who are thwarted by mischief and revenge, in finding their true loves.

In this scene, we see Titania, Queen of the Fairies, who has quarreled with the Oberon the Fairy King. To get back at her, he has bewitched her to fall in love with the first creature she sees upon awakening from an enchanted sleep.

Meanwhile, Bottom, a comic actor has also been bewitched. He’s been turned into a donkey and lured by mischievous sprites to be the first thing Titania will see when she wakes.

Tundra Riot

Designed and created by Sierra and Colleen Wake;
modeled by Sierra Wake

Tyler Kimiwasha (kimi-wash-ah) is a Shape-Shifter, with the wings and feet of a dragon.

Sierra made this creation so that she can get her character, Tyler Kimiwasha (kimi-wash-ah), into the public eye.


But Knot for Me

Designed and created by Ginny Lawton;
modeled by Michelle Spiegel-Freeman

Falling in love can be a bewitching experience, but that doesn’t mean it necessarily ends happily.  Much to her chagrin, Michelle Spiegel-Freeman has learned this sad fact over the past few years as artist Ginny Lawton has dressed her in handkerchiefs for “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and last year tangled her up in blue.  This year it’s macramé! 

Michelle has added her own touch of levity. When skies turn to gray and one exclaims “hi-ho, alas, and eat-a-banana.”

Birch King's Revenge

Designed, created, and modeled by Peter Nicholson

Birch King gets his revenge on the insects that are killing the trees.

Materials include birch bark, birch branches, cedar shims, raven feathers, ferns, moss, and more.

The Rag Picker

Designed, created, and modeled by Ean Johnson

In a land where money no longer exists, the resourceful Rag Picker scavenges anything that bewitches the eyes, to barter for supplies.

This creation is sponsored by The Gathering Grounds Cafe in Wasilla, owned by My House. My House—supporting homeless youth by offering a hand up and not a hand out.

Out of the Galaxy

Designed and created by Sandra McMillian, assisted by Nina Shaw;
modeled by Sandra McMillian

Sandra loves looking into the night sky and viewing the stars and planets. This inspired her to make this creation. Special thanks to her husband for wiring..

Flowers of the Digital Age

Designed and created by Linda Lockhart;
modeled by Courtney-Lynn Cox

Hundreds of hand-cut, heat-formed, repurposed DVDs, CDs and Mini CDs were used to create this ROMantic vision. The over-wrap is a party tablecloth and the headpiece is made of hand-wired car-window sunshade pieces among other things. Who knows what digital data disintegrated in this dazzling design. If you have sunglasses with you now, this would be the time to put them on.