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Project Upcycle Runway Event

3S Artspace
319 Vaughan St
Portsmouth, NH 03801

𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗨𝗽𝗰𝘆𝗰𝗹𝗲 𝗥𝘂𝗻𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁
𝗦𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗙𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝟯𝗦 𝗔𝗿𝘁𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲
𝗜𝗻 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗻𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗶𝗿𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝗡𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗻𝗴𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱
𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗡𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟳 (Old date: March 28)
𝗖𝗼𝗰𝗸𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗹 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝟲𝗽𝗺 / 𝟳𝗽𝗺 𝗥𝘂𝗻𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁
$𝟰𝟬 𝗠𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 / $𝟱𝟬 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗔𝗱𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 / $𝟭𝟬𝟬 𝗩𝗜𝗣 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝘁*

***Due to rising safety and health concerns surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, the Project Upcycle sustainable fashion competition has been postponed (old date March 28), and rescheduled to November 5 – 7, with the Runway Event happening on November 7th. All ticket purchases will be honored for the new date.***

Who will win this year’s Project Upcycle?! Join us for the Runway Event, become part of the thrill and excitement, enjoy tasty bites and beverages, and celebrate this year’s designers!

3S Artspace, in partnership with Recovergirl and Goodwill of Northern New England, seeks to promote regional designers and sustainable fashion in the 3rd annual Project Upcycle design competition.

Eight designers will put their skills to the test in this wildly creative and fast-paced design challenge, transforming secondhand clothing provided by Goodwill of Northern New England into a gala-worthy outfit! The design challenge takes place November 5-7 and culminates in the Project Upcycle Runway Event on Novmeber 7.

With the support of community role models, designs will be modeled on the catwalk during Saturday night’s Runway Event! Designers will compete for cash prizes and will be judged on execution, creative reuse of materials, and styling by our elite panel of judges. As an attendee, you’ll also have the chance to cast your vote. And new this year: there is a prize for the “Audience Choice!”

*VIP EXPERIENCE (limited quantity available):

By purchasing a VIP ticket for Project Upcycle, you’re invited to attend the Meet & Greet on Thursday, November 5th at 7pm. During this intimate, behind-the-scenes experience, watch as the designers and the community role models meet for the first time, take a look at the Gallery space where all the sewing will be taking place, and see the competition begin as the designers choose their first item of clothing to upcycle into their designs from a mountain of possibilities!

*New this year!* VIP ticket holders also get a seat right next to the runway during the Project Upcycle Runway Event on November 7th.


A cash prize will be awarded to the top three designers.
First Prize: $1,500
Second Prize: $1,000
Third Prize: $500
Audience Choice Prize: $250 *New this year!*


Project Upcycle brings emerging designers together to foster connections, encourage creativity, and inspire growth. We are planting the seeds for sustainable fashion in New England (and beyond), and cultivating a community of informed consumers looking for ways to make better choices.



Lead Sponsor: The Stebbins Family

Sustainability Sponsors: Goodwill Northern New England, The Kane Company, Inc., Polartec, Malloy Events

Upcycle Sponsors: Timberland, MatMarket, AC Hotels by Marriott Portsmouth Downtown Waterfront, Procon Inc., Dan Freund, janegee, and Jessica Todd Salon.

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