Robyne Robinson is an artist and collector. Robyne's jewelry creations and pieces from her private collection will be on exhibit February 1 - April 13, 2012. Beaded and dyed tea bags made by South African women living outside Pretoria are made exclusively for ROX, Robyne's jewelry line. All the money generated from the tea bags is given to the women of Pretoria who give the money to the children of Soshunguve and missionary work.
Robyne has collected ethnic, modern and contemporary art for 20 years from all parts of the world. Her combined passions for culture, design and travel eventually led to a collection of keepsakes from her adventures - a river stone from Germany, silver milagros from New Mexico or ceramic beads from Greece. Robyne revived a childhood talent for collecting unusual items and stringing beads to create her ROX jewelry line, sold in 26 jewelry stores and boutiques around the world. Her designs tell stories of where she has been and why the people and places were special to her. In addition, the beaded and dyed bags for ROX jewelry are an international philanthrontopic collaboration -- handcrafted by a group of South American women, their fair trade project with Robinson returns money to the community, and they in turn provide books and clothing for orphaned children as well as supporting missionary work.
Robyne will present a lecture, The Impact of Global Urbanism on Art and Design, at 6:30 p.m., March 16th in the O'Shaghnessy Educational Center auditorium. A reception for Robyne and her exhibition will be held following the lecture in the lobby gallery.