Hi, I’m Robyn Steel Stickland, co-founder and proprietor of Opendrawer – which is all about creativity, community and connecting. Let me share with you a few random facts about myself. I hope you will come and say, ‘Hi’ when you next visit.
The Opendrawer concept draws together various themes that run through my life.
I was born (a while ago now, my star sign is Leo, since you asked) with a strong appreciation of creativity and artists. I’m lucky enough to know many artists & makers. It always thrills me to present their edgy, elegant and unique work to a discerning client like yourself. Quite possibly the work will be presented in, or on, a set of drawers. Curating the art work and creating attention seeking window displays is one of the best bits of my job.
Why drawers? I’ve always been a bit of a bowerbird: at home I have a collection of vintage textiles and buttons, which I love to display in quirky or unexpected ways. My contribution to future vintage began when I embroidered a pear on the pocket of my apron at high school. I love decorative stitching, but avoid practical sewing. Before Opendrawer was conceived (yes, it definitely feels like my fourth child) I taught felt making, studied a Certificate of Art and Design for Stitch, am a member of the Embroiderer’s Guild and Victorian Feltmakers Inc. and published a how-to book (my third child) Felt: Irresistibly Beautiful Projects.
Before Opendrawer and working at what I love, (back last century) I managed several small businesses including a ski lodge, a florist and a veterinary practice. I also got myself a husband and two flesh and blood children, who support my endeavours, almost willingly. This turned out to be more relevant than you might think, as was my stint as a ‘door bitch’. Don’t worry – at Opendrawer we have an open door policy.
I look forward to meeting you,