New Haute Trash nonprofit set to grow |

New Haute Trash nonprofit set to grow

Those of you who are fans of the creatives who makes fashion out of recyclables, will be happy to know that they’ve formed themselves into a nonprofit.

Don’t get confused, though, because there are actually two local groups that have gone under the name of Haute Trash so far, says Kathi Griffis, who is also know by her trash name, Prima Debris. The group that did the last Ridgestock is a for-profit corporation, according to Griffis, that broke away from the bigger group and may have to find a new name. That’s an issue she admits is still being debated.

On the other hand, “Haute Trash: An Artists Collaborative,” the newly named nonprofit, is the parent group, if you will, that dates back to the 1980s when the late Susan Lamela started it to provide an irreverent look at our disposable society; it’s this group to which Griffis belongs.

Now stretching from Monterey to Seattle, HTAC hopes its nonprofit status will help it artistically and financially.

“Nonprofit status,” says Rayona Visqueen (aka Robin Worley), designer and vice president, “will enable Haute Trash to better collaborate with existing organizations with similar goals. This collaboration will allow us to further promote sustainable and ecological living, waste reduction and recycling through fashion as performance art.”

While the group will continue to do local shows, such as the Nevada County Fair, at which it has performed for the past three years, it also does shows in Oregon, Sacramento, Seattle and hopes to add Washington, D.C., to the list.

Visit the group online at or connect with Griffis at

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