Welcome to my blog. I work full time and creating is my sanity. I like to use many different mediums and was a finalist in the Fire Mountain Beading Contest in 2008. I am a passionate blogger, and a promoter of handmade goodness.

I love : my husband, my fur kids, family, music, sunshine, creating, chocolate, handmade soaps, the DUST Team, gardening, friends, Triple J Radio and photography. Comments welcome, I hope you enjoy the adventure with me.

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made with love.........................maddabling xox

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Friends, Australian ETSY Artists, Red Zebra Designs

Welcome dear readers to another edition of Friday Friends. What a strange week it has been, after all of the hype of the Summer Street Fair last week, a return to the ordinary this week. I have prepared and sent a craft swap parcel for my DUSTy Secret Santa recipient.......hmm I wonder who I will be sending it to ? And it's now officially Summer Time !

I must also send a big thank you to Del of DELicious Designz too for her help on the matching of DUSTers to Secret Santa Recipients, so I can also be surprised by a Secret Santa x
I digress, this week I am thrilled to introduce an Australian ETSY artisan, who has a big focus on up/recycling in her creations - meet Robyn of Red Zebra Designs.

If you are seeking truly unique handmade upcycled gifts this Christmas, then you really can't go past Red Zebra Designs. I present for the retro music lover, The Cassette Tape Bowl - a quirky decorator idea.
Cassette Tape Bowl - Quirky Decorator Idea

Or for the hard to buy for gentleman, a different kind of cufflinks set, a Rare Perfectly Matched set of Steampunk Cufflinks.

I do believe that any girly movie buff you know would be absolutely thrilled to receive an upcycled VHS Case Handbag - there are many titles available. How uber cool are these ?
VHS Case Handbag - Retro, upcycled.  Many titles.

Dear readers, I invite you into the Realm of Red Zebra Designs, to read all about Robyn's story and hope to see you all again next week. Have a fabulous weekend everyone !

The Realm of Red Zebra Designs

Welcome to Red Zebra Designs which is me, Robyn Woodrow. I am an artist based on the glorious Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane. Red Zebra Designs creates a fairly wide range of jewellery and accessories. I tend to follow ‘shiny lights’ and get creatively side- tracked by new projects with monotonous regularity.

I also own and create for http://www.beautifullybald.com.au/ which specialises in stylish full coverage headwear for women who have lost their hair for whatever reason. This venture was borne from my own experience from chemo-induced hairloss.

I have always been interested in art and creating, but digressed for about a decade to work fulltime in the corporate world. I have recently returned to (almost) fulltime creativity- it doesn’t yet pay the bills! I trained as an art teacher in the 80’s, and have always ‘made stuff’. I am constantly looking for ways to combine fine arts with tradition craft, jewellery and accessories.

In 2009, I started to pursue art and jewellery-making more fulltime. I joined Etsy  as well as Madeit

My inspiration comes from everywhere – an image, an idea, a feeling, a need.

I work in a broad range of mediums – from resin, through fabric and upcycled goods. I started my jewellery range with hand-painted and tinted resin jewellery. When my hands needed a break from the chemicals, I started to work with fabric flowers, which then expanded into a passion – fantasmagorical headpieces created from fabric, silks, beads, recycled jewels, trims …

My current passion is working with upcycled materials, including books, LP records, and old VHS and audio cassettes. I hate the idea of such beautiful things being sent to landfill. I also love the idea of turning old media into new – an LP record into a DVD holder, and old audio cassette into an MP player holder.

Red Zebra Designs make a wide range of men’s and women’s jewellery and accessories (including handbags); fascinators, hats and headpieces; and homewares including bowls and lights.

I only make things that I love, which makes picking a favourite piece almost impossible. My current favourite is a range of upcycled handbags made from old VHS cassettes and books.

I dream of being able to feed my family from my creative endeavours, as well as rescuing and upcycling media so it doesn’t end up in unnecessary landfill.

Robyn Woodrow

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