It is with great pleasure that I welcome and introduce Andrea to you from Ziezo Designs. Andrea, is also offering a gorgeous giveaway, a red pencil roll filled with 12 coloured pencils!
The beginnings of my business
Our move from South Africa to Kenya, five years ago, allowed me to stay at home full-time with my three kids (the last one was born a few months after our arrival). It was here that I had a chance to re-connect with my creative side, which I had neglected for a good decade while studying and working.
Our choice to choose Waldorf Education for our children was another important contributor to my creative path eventually leading to the magic combination Waldorf and one’s own creativity can become. An entrepreneurial friend and my husband encouraged me to create a label and sell my goods. The Ziezo label was the next step and it became my new passion, which I can combine in wonderful ways with being a mum.
Who or what is your inspiration?
My main inspiration comes from my children and their respectful, wondrous, and innocent view of the world and nature. Creating something that enhances their imagination and creativity is such fun. Lately, more functional items have also become part of my creations based on the children’s path to requesting functional items in addition to fantasy items. The pencil-case roll is one of those most recent functional creations.
What is your creative process?
When I get ideas, I try to work them out in my head and then as I go along. It’s a hands-on process through trial and error. The prototype then evolves as I continue to work on the initial idea.
I also prefer to work with natural materials and you will find a lot of East African cottons such as kanga and kikoys in my creations as well as hand-dyed silk and wool-felt. I further try to re-use pre-loved fabrics such as denim and felted wool jumpers in my creations. The materials often spark my inspiration.
What do you enjoy most about your business?
I enjoy the crafting time itself. It’s a time for me to balance and to come to an inner calm. The business side is a nice side effect where you get to know lovely people all over the world who appreciate your work. Each time one of my creations is sold, it triggers great excitement and deep gratitude for the trust expressed in my work.
Are there any new exciting products you would like to tell us about?
My products are developing as my children grow older. As my daughter is starting to use pencils more and more, my most recent product is the pencil roll. A simple practical yet colourful and fun way to keep the pencils tidy.
I have also started experimenting with dyeing felt in rainbow colours as my rainbow coloured butterfly wings have been in high demand. My first felt rainbow products are crowns, but I am certain that other items will also develop once I have more experience in dying the felt.
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Ziezo Designs is giving away a red pencil roll filled with 12 coloured pencils.
The pencil roll is made out of traditional East African kikoy fabric and lined with recycled denim. The roll can be closed easily by little hands through the button and elastic loop system. The wooden triangular pencils are easy to hold for little hands and are PEFC certified for being made of wood from sustainably managed forests and controlled sources.
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Thoroughly enjoyed reading this post! Your pencil roll is beautiful. I have an artistic son that I’d love to give as a gift if I’m chosen. The fabric is lovely. Thank you for sharing
Andrea, thank you so much for sharing your story here with us and for offering this beautiful giveaway, I absolutely love your pencil roll, it’s beautiful as well as portable, easy for children to use and can be carried along anywhere.