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We are Gaye Naismith and Melanie Hill, two Melbourne textile designers designer and creators of homewares, accessories and artworks who work almost exclusively with pre-loved textiles. Upcycled felted wool sweaters are one of our favourite materials. Often hopelessly outdated, worn at the elbows, moth eaten or misshapen, the jumpers we use are retrieved from op shops or donated by friends. The shrinking process causes their defects to fade and their felted textures, patterns and colours emerge full of possibilities for transformation. When we give these discarded garments a second life as functional homewares and accessories, we like to incorporate elements from their past-- a raglan seam, or a cable pattern perhaps, that hints at what they used to be.

For our 'two-of-a-kind' Tubeway Armies arm warmers, the signature product in our Body Parts range, we make different cutting and embellishing…

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  • Joined May 5, 2006

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vintagefabrics, recycledwool, jumpers, sweaters, pullovers, wool

About

We are Gaye Naismith and Melanie Hill, two Melbourne textile designers designer and creators of homewares, accessories and artworks who work almost exclusively with pre-loved textiles. Upcycled felted wool sweaters are one of our favourite materials. Often hopelessly outdated, worn at the elbows, moth eaten or misshapen, the jumpers we use are retrieved from op shops or donated by friends. The shrinking process causes their defects to fade and their felted textures, patterns and colours emerge full of possibilities for transformation. When we give these discarded garments a second life as functional homewares and accessories, we like to incorporate elements from their past-- a raglan seam, or a cable pattern perhaps, that hints at what they used to be.

For our 'two-of-a-kind' Tubeway Armies arm warmers, the signature product in our Body Parts range, we make different cutting and embellishing decisions according to the weight and texture of each jumper. The left-over scraps also go to different uses depending on their particular quality. Some are cut to make scarves, others become armie embellishments.
Some of the jumpers shrink way too much to be used for the Body Parts range, so Gaye transforms these super thick ones into woolly purses, hot water bottle covers, tablemats, coasters and other Gaye Abandon products.

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