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Where do you live?
I live in Sydney, Australia. Inner West Sydney is a real creative and quirky area –full of cool cafes and junk shops- I love it. Besides sewing I make jewellery from found objects.

If we were to come to your town, where would you take us?
Sydney has some amazing and famous landmarks but I would take creative visitors to the great industrial waste recyclers like Reverse Garbage or The Bower- both within walking distance of home.

How did you start sewing? What motivates you to sew?
I learnt sewing at school making tote bags and cushion covers. The teacher always made sure of our accuracy- something that has stuck with me. When I left home my mother gave me her old machine and I made a few clothes and fancy dress costumes. Over the past year have I been sewing seriously and drafting my own patterns. Now I am selling my clothes online and at the markets which have really driven me to sew accurately and quickly.
I find great pleasure in creating pieces using zero-waste cutting techniques or by using materials that are not ‘standard’ fabrics. Army tents have become coats and some old painters drop sheets are going to be jackets very soon.

Where do you go to get inspired?
I love Japanese street style for the way they coordinate and have such a cool attitude towards dressing. Assemblage art and painting I find inspiring for colour combinations and angles. Architecture is very stimulating for the same reason- especially Russian Constructivism and Neo-Gothic. My favourite fashion designers are Ann Demeulemeester and Barbara i Gongini.

Moodboard by urbandon

What’s your sewing secret weapon?
If I make a mistake I turn it into a ‘style feature’!

What’s your sewing experience like?
I tend to sew as much as I can during the day when I have the best light. Evenings are more for cutting out and research. The sunroom is my sewing room and the dining room is ideal for cutting on my large table. I tend to work in silence or listening to audio books.

Don’s sewing space

What is your dream sewing project?
One day I would love to make something that looks like a Robert Rauschenberg (abstract artist) sculpture- all crushed, metallic and angular. A deconstructed 18th century military coat is another ultimate project.

How long have you been a member of BurdaStyle?
I have been a member here since November 2010- a short time! BurdaStyle has become an almost daily fix as I love to connect with other creatives and see what they are up to. I love the supportive, fun and nonjudgmental atmosphere here. My partner suggested ‘urbandon’ which is urban and Don together. Some say it so it rhymes with abandon- which is just as good, if not a better, way of saying it.

A peak inside urbandon’s studio!

What is the most frustrating thing about sewing for you? What is the most rewarding?
At least once a week I say “I am never going to sew again!” and it is usually in response to inaccurate sewing of a tricky material using an untried technique. This week the challenge has been using my new industrial machine-only just coming to grips with it.

It’s so wonderful when I sell my clothes and people tell me they love them- I feel I am doing something right. The hours of design and sewing have been worthwhile and my creative vision is shared. That is very satisfying.

Photos by Don’s partner- grrl+dog

Click through urbandon’s top ten favorite member projects!

Urbandon collaborated with BurdaStyle on this week’s Project of the Week. See more here!


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    Oct 5, 2011, 12.16 PMby fashionfreek

    Well done! Wow good stuff!

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      Oct 9, 2011, 04.18 AMby urbandon

      Thank you!

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    Oct 5, 2011, 11.29 AMby carolyn-s

    Congrats!! Your work is incredible, amazing and inspiring, and it was great reading more about your process. I love your postmodern vision. Can’t wait to see what you create next!

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      Oct 9, 2011, 04.19 AMby urbandon

      Thank you so much. I have to keep creating- if only to keep up with you! X

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    Oct 5, 2011, 09.41 AMby matterofstyle

    Congratulations for the feature! I liked to find out more about you, I really like your style: your cloths create an atmosphere,define a character!

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      Oct 9, 2011, 04.19 AMby urbandon

      Thank you for the kind words!

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    Oct 5, 2011, 05.22 AMby JuliaBobbin

    Urbandon For PM!! Congratulations Mr. on getting featured, though it comes as no suprise, you are saturated in talent!

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      Oct 5, 2011, 05.44 AMby urbandon

      …and Julia for First Lady! Thanks you so much- very kind. X
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    Oct 4, 2011, 10.08 PMby lizah

    yay! you’ve got style man!

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      Oct 5, 2011, 05.43 AMby urbandon

      Thanks so much! (I do my best!)

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    Oct 4, 2011, 08.53 PMby threadsquare

    I am so, so pleased to see you featured! I’ve had my eye on you for a while :) Russian Constructivism? Rauschenberg? Say no more.

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      Oct 5, 2011, 05.40 AMby urbandon

      Thanks so much! Stinky cheese? Say no more!

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    Oct 4, 2011, 03.16 PMby kelepso

    Congrats Urbandon. It was great reading your story online. Best of luck to you and your fashion designs!

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      Oct 5, 2011, 05.38 AMby urbandon

      Thanks mate!

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    Oct 4, 2011, 01.26 PMby Lexicon

    Congrats to a fellow inner westie! – your work is unique and inspiring.

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      Oct 5, 2011, 05.38 AMby urbandon

      Thanks Alex. There is a little bit (a lot) of style here in the inner west!

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    Oct 4, 2011, 11.19 AMby ichigogirl

    Great read! Congratulations on being featured (good on ya! but then you really deserve it )!

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      Oct 5, 2011, 05.36 AMby urbandon

      Thank you! Pretty happy!

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    Oct 4, 2011, 10.57 AMby hdk100

    I’m really glad to see you, and read more about you, the “behind the scenes”. Congratulaions! Keep on with the cool, sexy stuff!

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      Oct 5, 2011, 05.36 AMby urbandon

      Thank you so much! Much appreciated.

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    Oct 4, 2011, 10.56 AMby dottty

    You are aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawesoooooooooooooooooooooooome jj:)x

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      Oct 5, 2011, 05.36 AMby urbandon

      THANK YOU Dotty!

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    Oct 4, 2011, 08.23 AMby Coreyart

    Congratulations, Don! I hope this exposure works well for ya—you deserve it! Keep sewing, man!! Your stuff is awesome!!

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      Oct 5, 2011, 05.35 AMby urbandon

      Thanks mate! One for the boys!

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    Oct 4, 2011, 07.23 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    yayyyy! finally! lovely reading all about you mr!

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      Oct 5, 2011, 05.34 AMby urbandon

      Thanks Miss!

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