By Ashley DiFranza ’14
Quinnipiac University will host an annual Earth Day celebration, slated for Tuesday, April 22, which will feature a new attraction. The celebration, which is hosted by the university’s sustainability committee and Students for Environmental Action, includes the sale of fresh foods and raffles.
Hanna Hejmowski, the executive assistant to the director at the Central European Institute, is designing dresses made entirely of recycled materials that will be unveiled during a new paper dress fashion show.
“We will design about a dozen outfits, dresses and headwear in the theme of butterflies,” Hejmowski said. “On the day of the event, we will have face-painting, [as well as] local hair and makeup professionals for the models. We also plan to utilize a quad sidewalk as our runway.”
Hejmowski, who also designed costumes for a number of Quinnipiac’s Theater for Community productions, has worked on similar projects making dresses completely out of paper. This time around, she will add a new twist to her designs.
“Instead of using just any paper, we will reuse only Quinnipiac logged paper to make the dresses,” Hejmowski said.
By using materials students recognize from around the university, she said she hopes to exemplify exactly how much beauty can come from recycled goods. Quinnipiac paper products that will be used to make the dresses include copies of the Quinnipiac Magazine, brochures, posters, paper cups, copies of the Quinnipiac Chronicle, table cloths and tickets from sporting events.
The group designing the dresses — a mix of students, faculty and friends of Hejmowski — began their work on Friday, Feb. 28, and will continue during a series of workshops until Earth Day.
“I believe that this fun initiative will help students see things from a different perspective and encourage them to acknowledge that what may seem of no use, can become pieces of art,” Hejmowski said.