ShopZoeTan

Statement whimsical wall art and textile jewellery

Berlin, Germany On Etsy since 2018

ShopZoeTan

Statement whimsical wall art and textile jewellery

Berlin, Germany | 65 Sales

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Announcement    CORONA UPDATE:
I am unable to ship to the USA right now. Please be patient with me, dear American customers.

After much deliberation, I finally renamed my business. SwingFibers is no more; this is now ShopZoeTan. Follow me on Instagram @zoetanstudio to stay ahead of the loop and preview new art and jewelry!
xx Zoe

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Last updated on Jul 3, 2020

CORONA UPDATE:
I am unable to ship to the USA right now. Please be patient with me, dear American customers.

After much deliberation, I finally renamed my business. SwingFibers is no more; this is now ShopZoeTan. Follow me on Instagram @zoetanstudio to stay ahead of the loop and preview new art and jewelry!
xx Zoe

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About ShopZoeTan

Sales 65
On Etsy since 2018

I'd have a bit of everything please, and yes, more is more

Zoe Tan: Art and Jewellery

I create colourful textile art and wearables that blend macrame, weaving, and crochet techniques. My wall hangings are my emotional antidote to the minimalist monochrome aesthetic of my new home, Berlin: more is more! It's ironic that it is Berlin that drew out the colour drama queen in me.

In a previous life, I worked on environmental management. So I try to pursue an ecological agenda with my art and jewelry. My favourite materials are upcycled t-shirt jersey yarn, recycled cotton cords, sustainably farmed merino wool, and natural uncoloured wooden beads.

​How it all started

In my previous lives, I was a law school graduate, a social geographer, university lecturer, and development researcher. If I try to trace where this all began, my love affair with yarn began as a distraction from writing my doctoral dissertation with a baby on my lap. I grew up in the tropics and it was only when I moved to Germany that I became acquainted with wool at the ripe age of 30. One day, tired of my dissertation, I asked my mother to teach me crochet. I still remember how she literally begged me to stop. After 5 hours, I still couldn't finish a tiny swatch of single and double crochets (I still have that swatch!). But the damage was done.

I am Zoe, and I am an addict. To yarn and wool. After my yarn hoarding reached critical mass, I wondered if I should not just reincarnate myself as a creative. My friends have always asked me when I would grow up and settle for one thing at last. So the logical answer to my flitting between cities and jobs, and now having three kids to feed, was: I am going to sell things I made on Etsy. Yes, yes, my old friends, I will grow up next year, ok? Me, the girl who failed art class (and still can't draw)! And yes, Mom, I can crochet now (but still can't knit).

My textile art began serendipitously. The new owner of the wool store I frequent, spotted the macrame strap of my purse, and asked if I could make a macrame wall-hanging for her. It sold in a few hours. And so I poured my soul and energy into what little pockets of time I have from when the two bigger ones are in kindergarten and the tiny one is sleeping.

My textile art are "me". Like in my life, I couldn't decide. Weaving, crochet, or macrame? So I did everything. I hope they will find new and happy homes with you.

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  • Zoe

    Owner

    Mother of three, hoarder of yarn and wool, obsessed with tassels and pompoms. Academic turned fiber artist.

  • Forager

    Assistant

    My son ensures there are enough sticks for my wallhangings.

  • Destruction Prevention

    Assistant

    My oldest keeps the littlest (and most destructive) entertained so I can finish up the hangings and jewellery for this shop.

  • Product tester

    Assistant

    Don't underestimate this force of destruction. She's tested the endurance of most materials in my studio. She's also the reason why your custom order might take a little longer.

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