One of the oldest human crafts, weaving has continued to evolve into the digital age.
ExMateria ('from pre-existing matter') is a modern weaving studio providing individuals and businesses with a creative outlet to upcycle unwanted textiles.
Using ancient skills to address the contemporary issue of textile waste, we offer rug weaving classes and floor loom hire for individual projects. We also provide team building experiences and work with schools.
We prioritise local materials, including pre-and post-consumer textiles, manufacturing off-cuts and experimental materials. Our aim is to only work with suppliers who have ethical and transparent business practices.
Sustainability goes beyond materials at ExMateria: Our studio fittings are made in Sydney from reclaimed timber and metal, business cards are hand-stamped on locally recycled paper, and all textile scraps are collected for re-use. In 12 months we have filled one small bin and we are continually looking to improve.
Our vision is to divert waste through weaving while increasing well-being for people and planet.
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Early looms using punch cards are considered the precursor of modern computers.
Our core business is guided by three UN Sustainable Development Goals
SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being
Weaving on a floor loom is a mentally and physically stimulating activity that encourages focus and being present in the moment. The mental health benefits of weaving are well-known—frequently described as both therapeutic and a mild workout, weaving is the perfect antidote to excess screen time. Come find your beat!
SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
Textile waste is a huge environmental problem with 200,000 tonnes ending up in landfill in Australia each year. While many apparel companies now take back textiles, what happens to these is still unclear. ExMateria enables individuals and businesses to transform unwanted textiles into functional items and contribute to a more sustainable Sydney. Join us in keeping the garb out of garbage.
SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Weaving is an energy-efficient activity as all our looms are foot-powered. By weaving a rug at ExMateria, the life of the original textile is extended. At the end of its life, a rug it can be taken apart for further reuse, recycling, or in some cases composting. Play a part in the circular economy: If you can't wear it, weave it.