Joel Martin


I have been making clothes from recycled fabrics for 13 years while doing markets and festival stalls as we travelled around Australia in our old blue kombi with our two daughters. We now live on the east coast of Australia in Congo, a small coastal village surrounded by national park, where I sew and my husband makes his art.  I do our local Moruya markets every Saturday and sell at the “Artisans nest” in Bodalla.

The principal thing that I make is clothes using all recycled finds  … from curtains, funky vintage fabrics, sheets, tea towels, suit coats, chenille bedspreads and woollen blankets,  basically anything that catches my eye in op shops.


Our family are very conscious of not being part of the consumer machine, and we all make a point of trying to minimise all our waste in everything we do, so using the smaller pieces of fabric left over I make pincushion jars, earrings and hair ties.

My label is “Kitamba” which means fabric in Swhali, a language spoken in the African Congo.

I hope you enjoy wearing my upcycled garments as much as I enjoy making them!