Australia & New Zealand

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Australia

 
 

Zowie - New South Wales,

South Coast

Textiles

Wearables

For:

I use:

I like to describe my Upcycling & Refashioning as:

  • Boho

  • Denim
  • Totes/Bags/Purses

  • Hippie

  • Applique
  • Mixed Textiles

Zowie

New South Wales, South Coast, Australia

 

Rethread The Earth

Facebook: ReThreadTheEarth

Website: ReThreadTheEarth.com

Zowie's Creations & Interview  9/5/20

How long have you been Upcycling/Refashioning/Recreating Clothing from thrifted textiles?

8 years

How long have you been sewing?

Since I was 8.
 

How and why did you get started in Upcycling/Refashioning?

My grandmother taught me to sew, then gave me her machine and cottons. I despise patterns so decides to try something else- I made a bag using random bits, and was hooked

Why do you Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate clothing from thrifted textiles?

Beautiful fabrics and vintage napery inspire me, as does the way denim ages so nicely. I
don’t want to see them stashed in a cupboard or even worse, in landfill.

What type of clothing do you like to create and why?

I make bags, because I’m a bagaholic haha
 

What is your favorite textile to Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate from? and why?

Denim!

What was your favorite project?

I love them all!

Thank You Zowie for sharing your creations with us!

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Gillian Ajayi - Perth, Western Australia

Textiles For Wearables

Textiles For Decorative

I use:

My Art is:

 

  • Eclectic

  • Fun

  • Colorful

I like to make:

 

  • Handbags

  • Backpackes

  • Wallet

  • Dolls & Cats

I use:

 

  • Denim

  • Wool Suits

  • Upholstery

  • Wool Jumpers

Gillian Ajayi

Perth, Western Australia

 

Recycled Reticules 

 

Facebook: Recycle Reticules

Instagram: Recycled Reticules

Gillian's Creations & Interview  1/22/21

How long have you been Upcycling/Refashioning/Recreating?

Two years

Do you sew? How long have you been sewing?

Yes I’ve been sewing in and off for 30 years but focused on bags for 2 years.

What other Upcycling Skill do you have?

I also crochet bags, dolls and cats from recycled jumpers.

How and Why did you get started in Upcycling/Refashioning/Recreating?

I’ve always loved second hand shopping and sewing. So creating beautiful bags from recycled clothing and upholstery, allowed me to combine my two passions. Then I had so many bags, I started selling them at markets, which I also love doing.

What is your favorite item to create?

Definitely handbags.

If you had to chose one item you made, which is your most favorite?

Just one item , I love them all, but I guess the first bag I made from an old suit jacket.

I started a business based on Upcycling/Refashioning DIYing and it's called:

Recycled Reticules

 

How would you recommend someone get started in Upcycling/Refashioning?

Just jump in - try a few things to see what excites you. I’ve learn something from every bag I’ve made. Also don’t let the failures stop you, we all have failures, it’s just another way to learn.

 

I am not all about Upcycling, I also like to:

I’m lucky to be retired, so I can spend a lot of time in my sewing studio (aka the dining room). My favourite thing is to listen to podcasts whilst I’m sewing. I also love cooking and I’ve been an aerobics junky forever.

Thank You Gillian for sharing your creations with us!

Please Note: All Answers and Photos are Submitted by the Artist. Permission to use any information or photos must be requested from the individual themselves.

 

New Zealand

 
 

Shirley Gillespie -- Taruanga

I like to describe my Upcycling & Refashioning as:

  • Children's Clothing

  • Denim
  • Ruffles & Lace

  • Applique

  • Patchwork
  • Comic & Marvel Revival

Textiles

Wearables

For:

I use:

Shirley Gillespie

Taruanga, New Zealand

 

Rosey Bloomz

 

Facebook: RoseyBloomz

Instagram: RoseyBloomz

Shirley's Creations & Interview  9//20

How long have you been Upcycling/Refashioning/Recreating Clothing from thrifted textiles?  
8 years.


How long have you been sewing?
50 years on and off. Since intermediate, less when my children were growing up and now all the time.


How and why did you get started in Upcycling/Refashioning?
I started upcycling and refashioning costumes for photography. This overtook my passion for photography.


Why do you Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate clothing from thrifted textiles?
My love of fashion and textiles gives me the passion to recreate unique pieces.

What type of clothing do you like to create and why?
Everyday wear, Turning formal jackets into funky fashion that can be worn everyday, whether to weddings or just out with friends.

What is your favorite textile to Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate from? and why?
Denim, It is compatible with all textiles and love the versatility it gives me to go a little crazy with styles.

What was your favorite project?
Denim and Formal jackets, every one tells its own story and what it needs to stand out.

Thank You Shirley for sharing your creations with us!

Please Note: All Answers and Photos are Submitted by the Artist. Permission to use any information or photos must be requested from the individual themselves.

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