How can we create divinity from the discarded? This is one question “Once on This Island” costumer designer Clint Ramos asked when curating for the show. Before the show hits the stage in NWA, Walton Arts Center is calling Arkansas seamstresses, fashion designers, makers and artists to submit a garment created entirely from upcycled, recycled or found materials to be featured in the Divinity from the Discarded Fashion Exhibition.

The production is set on a hurricane-ravaged island, and Ramos was challenged to incorporate trash and found objects into his designs for the show. Ramos’ designs hinge on a gradual evolution of the characters from hurricane-ravaged islanders into the gods in the unfolding fable, according to a press release. Read more about the new production here. 

The submitted pieces will be judged by a member of the “Once on This Island” creative team. A select number of designs will be showcased Feb. 3-17 at the Walton Arts Center, and those designers will also win two tickets to the show.

Designers must be 18 years or older and living in Arkansas. They must submit a high-resolution image of a finished piece. There is no entry fee, and entries must be received by Monday, Jan. 27. Winners will be announced on Friday, Jan. 31. Full contest details and submission guidelines are available at

Tickets are still available for the show. Theater seating starts at $40 plus applicable fees. Student tickets and a limited number on-stage seats are available for $25 plus applicable fees, restrictions apply. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting