Barbie dolls sport recycled fashion in virtual benefit auction for Sonoma Community Center

SONOMA, Calif. (KGO) — Sporting a jaunty cap made of a recycled pacifier, one of many Barbie dolls decked out in trash-based fashion took the spotlight in a virtual runway show at the Sonoma Community Center Saturday.

Some may say a new line of Barbie dolls is trashy, but the Sonoma Community Center is calling them “reclaimed and reinvented” as part of their tenth annual “Trashion Fashion” auction event where items up for bid are new interpretations of Barbie dolls feature clothing made from cast-off and recycled materials.

The items reused by artists include plastic utensils, busted balloons, popsicle wrappers and pipe cleaners.

One doll’s shiny tinfoil strapless top, closely molded to her upper body, demonstrated that detritus need not be déclassé.

Another doll, dubbed “Goddess of the Sea,” wore a seashell skirt-a tongue-twisting sobriquet that didn’t faze the event’s hosts, Eric Jackson, the center’s creative programs manager, and office coordinator Molly Spencer.

The hosts held up doll after doll for examination, enthusing over the inventive transformations. The show also included hilarious videos, one involving a courtship between a Ken and a Barbie wearing a skirt made of bright orange tea bag containers.

On a more serious note, one doll wore long black judges’ robes and a recycled lace collar in homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the associateSupreme Court justice who died in September. Another doll was dressed as a suffragist, celebrating the 100th anniversary in 2020 of women’s right to vote.

Even host, Eric Jackson said, “At the end of the day, this is about creative waste management –how we give everything a second life to avoid the planet being buried in garbage.”

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Most of the dolls are the creations of local community members, though some were designed by people from as far away as Arkansas and New Jersey.

“When we start thinking of discarded items as useful materials we can shift our thinking to become more aware of our waste footprint and prioritize reducing and reusing. Great job everyone,” Sloane Pagal, program manager for Zero WasteSonoma said in the chatbox.

Around 600 people attended last year’s in-person auction, and more than 100 people showed up for Saturday’s virtual event, exceeding the number of people allowed to attend by Zoom.

The auction raises funds for the center. Bidding runs through next Saturday, Nov. 21. See the Barbie dolls at sonomacommunitycenter.org here.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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Trying To Find A Car Enthusiast A Holiday Gift? Check Out The RM Sotheby’s Mascot Auction

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What do you get for the car enthusiast who already has everything (yourself included)? It can be hard to find automotive memorabilia that’s not: 1) a car, 2) expensive, or 3) tacky. RM Sotheby’s, though, is hosting a week-long auction to sell off a collection of old automobile mascots and hood ornaments. It’s a great place to get your hands on some cool—and unique—pieces of history.

The Mascots of Motoring Distinction auction only runs until October 21, 2020, with certain lots closing at staggered times on the 21st, so this isn’t exactly something you’ll want to wait on. There are 50 lots selling mascot items from as far back as 1915 and as recently as 1956.

Back in the day, every car needed a mascot, in part because there were far more auto manufacturers in the United States than there are now—as in, upwards of 1,500 car makers making 3,000 different cars. A lot of those automakers consolidated their efforts, teaming up or buying one another out. Others went out of business after the Great Depression or the World Wars.

The best way to distinguish cars at the time was the automobile mascot, which started out as a radiator cap in the early 20th century. These were little works of art that usually tied into some aspect of the car itself or a larger goal of the automaker. You’ve probably seen lots of birds or stylized wings (which represent swift flight) and graceful-looking ladies or goddesses (which represent beauty and manufacturing elegance).

Then, there are the Willys mascots, one of which is a knight to represent the charge into battle. As we head into the 1930s, there are a lot of abstract art deco shapes that are ultimately designed to look fast.

The RM Sotheby’s auction is worth scrolling through, if only to peek around at the selection and check out an abbreviated version of automotive styling language.

Right now, many of the items still have relatively low bids and low expected final selling prices. The highest expected price is $900, but most things fall into the $300-400 range.

There’s a lot of great stuff. Part of me wants to splurge on the horrifying Kewpie doll mascot, but there’s also a great Dodge Ram from from 1932 and a gorgeous bronze Loup from 1935.

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