Boxed Lives

After quite a hiatus of creating, I’m pleased to be back in the studio and starting a new series ‘Boxed Lives’.

They all have quite a detailed storyline, but the viewer is encouraged to make their own.

All made from recycled materials.

‘Remembrance’ headpiece for International Millinery Competition

This year I again entered the Hatalk Millinery Competition.  The theme was ‘Remembrance’.

Below is the explanation of the piece.  No prize, but a great experience.Robyn Woodrow 1

I believe in telling stories through creativity, and this headpiece ‘Lest We Forget’ is a narrative of the events, specific and generic, we recall on Remembrance Day.  Each visual element inputs to the narrative. The story is one of gallantry, sacrifice and remembrance.  The rolling curves of wire signify the coiled rolls of barbed wire used as defence in the trenches.  The shiny green fabric ‘swatch’ references the gently undulating, sunshine soaked green of the pre-battle fields. Underneath the green is the red leather signifying the blood subsequently spilt. The myriad of black bead embellishments making their way up the green of the battlefield represent the many soldiers – uniform, polished and marching to battle. As the soldiers make their way across the battlefield, the number with life become fewer and are slowly replaced by the white crosses signifying those who are lost.Off the edge of the green battlefield are the poppies – a well-recognised sign of remembering those lost. They grow strong and large through the barbed wire of battles past.  We will remember them.  The black feathers amongst the poppies are reminiscent of the feathers in the uniform hats of Australian Mounted Infantry, particularly significant in the Australian tradition of Remembrance.  While interpreting the theme ‘Remembering’ and telling a story, it is important that ‘Lest We Forget’ is a millinery piece of visual beauty in its own right. It is designed to be seen from any angle, with a different view presented with every turn of the head.

Recycled Paper Christmas Decorations Workshop

Robyn from Red Zebra Designs had a lovely time this time last year running workshops at Rosebed Street Gallery  on making Christmas decorations from recycled paper.   The enthusiastic young creators were prolific.  We are looking forward to running workshops for the Sunshine Coast Regional Council this year.


Red Zebra Designs’ Designer wins ‘Best in Show’ at the Ekka

2014 Ekka Winner

2014 Ekka Winner

Very excited to have won ‘Outstanding Creation’ and ‘Best Outfit’ in this year’s Brisbane Ekka.  Our designer, Robyn Woodrow, also won four awards in the Creative section of the Ekka.  Pop across to or our Facebook page to see more.

‘Little Creatures’ Series has Taken Flight

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Have just finished the first two birds in my Little Creatures Series.

They have taken about 40 hours each, and are covered in new and recycled jewellery bits and bobs, crystals, bugle and seed beads …  Little Owl has already sold.

These are such precious pieces and have been a joy to make.

Launch of New Website for my Fine Art

robyn woodrow artist

robyn woodrow artist

I’d like to think that everything I do contains a strong creative element, and the line between art/ craft and design are often blurred (an admirable trait I believe!).

It has taken many years for me to regard myself as an ‘artist’ as well as designer, and I have decided to highlight this component.  As such, I have just launched with a focus on my fine art practice.  All items here are one-off pieces – and some commission items are also available.

Please pop over and have a look.