Creative Robyn Beeston is inspired by STUFF… When she moved to the bush as a new bride twenty-four years ago she developed some latent talents which now sees her diverse body of work exhibited and sold in places as diverse as kitchen shops (such as the highly regarded SAUCE in Toowoomba, QLD where Robyn also works) and art galleries. When she first moved to Boomi in north west NSW in 1990 it was a complete contrast to everything she’d ever know.
“It was hot, dry, rugged, flat and different. After my years here I came to regard the flat country as a friend. The sense of space, stillness and sameness was reassuring, there was a beauty in the sparseness and I miss it sometimes now I’ve left”.
Creatively Robyn is inspired by the everyday, by the small details that make up our lives.
“I am also in awe of our native flora. My most recent work in a fabulous cooking school and kitchen shop has increased my passion for the little things as well as domestic nostalgia. Everyone remembers something their grandmother or mother had in their kitchen, these everyday items make us happy!”
Robyn is very diverse in her output.
In the early years Robyn … “began making things . I made childrens clothes, was involved in flying arts drawing and painting workshops, as well as branching out into original embroidery and textile designs. Then the steep learning curve – designing for a purpose, printing and product development. In the meantime I started painting and developing my love of words. Now I am obsessed with all facets of the creative process and am currently developing a range of tea towels (below) and cards featuring my designs based on original artworks.
Robyn has created quite a following with her monthly pop-up shops.
“Reuse and recycle has become important to me and fits with this concept. The shop pops up and then goes away not expending additional resources and facilities. The first pop-up at my newly renovated home in 2011 was opportunity to showcase my creations and the house. It was fabulous! To be able to interact with my customers/friends (new and old) was empowering and exciting. People enjoyed the non-traditional opportunity to view work and the personal contact. Now I hold semi-regular pop-ups in regional areas, often on demand!
In 2001 my sister and I developed Stylidium Designs focused on Australian native flora, these designs will come with me into my next phase. Robynbeeston.com.au is the (soon to go live) new Stylidium encompassing all aspects of the creative process I love! Also in store for 2014 is a new website and identity. At the moment some of my work is exhibited and for sale at Berkelouw Café in Eumundi QLD. Facebook a great place for info on popups in the future.”