VOGUE Australia

SONG FOR THE MUTE

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SKETCHING IS THE very last thing that Lyna Ty, one half of Song For The Mute, does when designing. First, she writes. “Things that start the narrative for that season: who this person is, what they do.” Then she collates things they might collect (leaves, found objects), pulls richly textured fabrics from French and Japanese mills, and then she sketches. “Like peeling the layers of this story she writes,” says co-founder Melvin Tanaya. This has meant photograph­y, soundscape­s, music are all part of it. Chapters have thus far included their own experience­s, family histories living in Paris, Cambodia (Ty) and Indonesia (Tanaya), and their love of Australia, shooting in the Blue Mountains and Kangaroo Valley. “There’s more to Australia than salt, surf, beach culture,” says Tanaya. Both want to connect with customers through clothing. “You think you’re out in the world alone, but there’s always someone out there experienci­ng the same thing.”

 ?? ?? Collage featuring written inspiratio­n from Ty’s sketchbook; a CD, cassette and vinyl are sonic interpreta­tions of their collection­s; co-founders Melvin Tanaya and Lyna Ty.
Collage featuring written inspiratio­n from Ty’s sketchbook; a CD, cassette and vinyl are sonic interpreta­tions of their collection­s; co-founders Melvin Tanaya and Lyna Ty.

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