Debi van Zyl



I feel like a big round-up is necessary to update you all on what's been going on these last few months. I've been quiet but very busy, as well as preparing for some big life changes coming soon. It's also been tough for me to blog about beasts and design work when, to be honest, I've been pretty down about the outcome of our election. But having participated in the Women's March on Austin this past weekend gave me the swift kick in the ass I needed to pick myself up and dust off some of the frustration and disappointment. So it's time to get back at it.

Quietly, I've been making lots of new stuff. It was one way to distract myself from politics and channel energy into something productive and I found myself working at things I haven't done in a while. Like furniture making, wood working, and painting. Some of the pieces I made are ready for sale, others need another round of prototyping and a good dose of finesse, but its been so cathartic to work my hands in a different capacity.


 Last month I participated in a holiday pop-up event in Austin, TX at the Urban Outfitters Space 24 Twenty (top photo), my first in-person selling event since moving to Texas. I'm always surprised by what sells and what gets cuddled but not purchased so it was great to interact with shoppers to see what grabs them. This time around it was the eight-legged beasts that got most of the attention and the snake-worms. I've been very slow to do this, but soon I will be adding to the online shop the beasts that weren't snapped up. Of course, the best way to get shop update is to sign up for the newsletter, if you haven't already.

But mostly, I've been preoccupied by some pretty big life changes that are currently unfolding. The first is that we bought a house (!!!) in nearby Bastrop and once renovated, we'll be moving away from our idyllic little farmhouse in the countryside. It's certainly bittersweet but the sadness of leaving will soon be overshadowed by an even larger event which is likely happening next week: the birth of our first child! I made a delicate little mobile (above) for the little girl we are expecting and it will hang in her very own bedroom. Needless to say, it's been busy around here. And soon to be not so quiet.

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