Veronica and Isabelle Pope aren't sure what defines an artist. Neither would call themselves artists, but this mother-daughter team stepped up to compete in this years Object Runway show, a design competition where art meets fashion.Isabelle first got the notion to participate from a family friend in 2012, when she was just 11 years old. Her mother, Veronica, was concerned about whether it was age-appropriate, but she decided that the event sounded like fun. It wound up being a good teaching moment, an event in which her daughter could learn about encouraging creativity, pursuing dreams, and following through on projects.The two had so much fun Veronica decided to participate the following year, and this year as well. Veronica, a mother of three, says: "I like to encourage my kids to think outside the box. I like to let them know there's not one way to do things."According to Isabelle, "I'm one of those people that if a person walks up to me like, 'Hey we're doing this club, it's going to be really cool, and it's going to be really fun, and you probably have no idea what it is, but do you want to join?' and I say 'Sure!'"The fifth annual Object Runway, a collaboration between IGCA and the Alaska Design Forum, was held at Bear Tooth Theatrepub on Jan. 23. Organizers ask local designers to use materials in unexpected ways to create wearable art.Isabelle Pope's dress from 2013 was made from Girl Scout cookie boxes, and this year's dress was made from used plastic gift cards punched out into guitar picks. Veronica's dress was made from woven plastic book-packing material. Other materials from the 2014 show ranged from feathers, bark, rubber and sanitary pads to LED wires and hubcaps. Veronica loves the supportive atmosphere Object Runway fosters. "There is this whole community of people who are so supportive of people like us, who are just everyday people who decided to take the leap and said 'I'm going to rise up to the challenge, and I'm going to make something,'" Isabelle said. "I'm just in it to have fun, and to live life to the fullest."Watch this video on Vimeo or YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at email@example.com.