In the October issue of Bustle & Sew Magazine we were delighted to chat to the lovely Robyn Coetzee. Originally from Cape Town, Robyn moved to the UK when she was 19 and is now based in Bristol. She works from her home studio where she creates beautiful animals, decorations,plaques and jewellery from glass.
We asked Robyn where she finds her inspiration. She told us;
“The natural world is my main inspiration. If you visit my website or know me through Instagram, you will know that my first and foremost love is the wonderful world of birds. I have been making them for at least fifteen years now. The love affair began at a very young age because our house was built around a large internal courtyard/aviary housing roughly three hundred birds, most of the rooms in the house opened up onto it. Whilst I don’t agree with caging birds, it is a spectacular childhood memory to have. I am also inspired by ocean creatures. I guess growing up in Cape Town and living near the sea means ocean creatures and birds will always be in my bones. I love the challenge of creating movement in my ocean inspired items such as my pelagic thresher shark commission.”
We also asked Robyn if she could share her advice for anyone wanting to start their own business. Her advice is;
“Set yourself targets and self-care boundaries otherwise it is easy to burn out. Also, be sure to have an email subscriber list from the start!”
Do be sure to head over to Robyn’s website where you can see all of the beautiful products she creates. You can read the full interview with Robyn in the October issue of Bustle & Sew Magazine. Find out more here!