Re:Form, 2016, machine knitted recycled e-waste, surplus elastic, nylon, cotton, wool
Waste is a part of the fabric of our lives. Unwanted goods that are no longer useful or desirable are disposed of and quickly—placed out of sight and out of mind.
The fastest growing rubbish stream is electronic waste, with only 4 percent being recycled in Australia. Rapid consumption and production have led to a dramatic increase in electronic waste, adding yet another layer to disposed goods. Obsolete technology is regularly replaced.
In stripping, cutting and pulling apart cords, the mix of often colourful cables that make up their cores is revealed. Using traditional knitting techniques and specialised yarn selections, each object enhances the physical and tactile properties of cords as they interact with textiles. The wires, cables and knitted materials form structures that can be stretched and shaped, highlighting the materiality of each component. These samples create new possibilities for old waste by extending the use of traditional techniques to non-textile materials.
Infinitely adaptable, by interacting with these samples and their unique combinations, we’re offered a moment to reflect on our future, and a moment to reset.
Georgie Brunmayr is a designer specialising in knitted material development. Georgie’s work has a strong emphasis on structure, shape and the manipulation of surface, and how these engage thought through interaction with a material.
Constantly observing structures, patterns and visual rhythms that often go unnoticed, Georgie is drawn not only to the contrast of natural and synthetic materials, but also the greater trends and influences of materials on our everyday lives.
Georgie’s enthusiasm lies in creating innovative textiles that focus on intense surface texture and detail. The process of knitting itself influences her design development, adapting her technique intuitively to include unexpected combinations of textile and nontextile materials. This results in unconventional, reactive work that stirs imagination, curiosity and a desperate need to be handled and interacted with.