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Refuge lecturer turns trash into wearable sculptures

By Staff | Mar 6, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Nancy Judd creates eco-fashion.

Internationally recognized artist and environmental advocate Nancy Judd, who creates eco-fashion sculptures from trash to engage people in conversations about how humans live on earth, will present programs on March 13 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Traveling to Sanibel in conjunction with the refuge’s “Project Refuge: A Couture Fashion Show Using Trash,” Judd will share stories and photos of her unusual and inspired career path, which took her from barely graduating from high school because of severe dyslexia to a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal about her mission to make garbage glamorous.

Using her love of nature and her creative talents, Judd reaches millions of people around the world, making her art a tool for environmental education. She exhibits her work in high-traffic public locations such as airports and museums and creates many of her sculptures – as a teaching artist – in interactive public settings. One of her pieces, “Obamanos Coat,” a man’s coat made from President Barack Obama’s campaign fliers, resides in the Smithsonian Museum’s permanent collection.

Co-sponsored by HighTower/Thomas & Swartz Wealth Management and Sanibel Carts, with support from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge, the free lecture series is held in the admission-free Visitor & Education Center’s auditorium.

The remaining schedule, including some book signings, is as follows:

– March 20: Author Eliot Kleinberg, “Black Cloud: The Great Hurricane of 1928″*

– March 27: Author Jack Davis, “All About Eagles and Other Florida Eco-Topics”*

– April 3: Jeri Magg, “Remarkable Women of Sanibel & Captiva”*

*book signing to follow

Seating for the lectures is limited and available on a first-come basis. Staff will hand out wristbands to those in line. Wristband wearers can save seats with personal items and then explore the center or Indigo Trail before the lecture starts. Saved seats must be filled 15 minutes before lecture’s start time.

DDWS will film most of the lectures and broadcast them on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/dingdarling. For more information, call 239-472-1100 ext. 241 or visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series.

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel.