The Queens Envy has recently become a member of the H.A.R.D.C.O.R.E. Team and in getting to know my teammates I am blogging a few of the other member shops.
TSRubber is owned by Tanja Schroeder a 46 year old woman who lives on a small island in Denmark. "A very beautiful place, where people take a holiday." Full of old buildings and ancient castles. A place I would love to visit someday.
|Rubber Harness (photo by www.larsws.dk)|
An interest in recycling and reusing, is her inspiration. Tanja receives her used rubber from a local company who makes inner tubes for tractors, harvester combines, etc... The rubber is very dirty when she gets it and gets cleaned 2 -3 times and is then polished with water based silicone. A friend helps in cutting out circles with a special tool and everything is put together with an old industrial Singer shoe sewing machine with some intricate hand work added.
I cannot help but get a sense of fantasy seen in such movies as The City of Lost Children or Brazil. The belts, bags and jewelry designs have a Steampunk, Gothic feel, no doubt attributed to the old castles surrounding Tanja's small island. The products are all unique, and some of them are adorned with military jewelry, gears, grommits and found objects. Different textures and patterns from the inner tubes add interest and overlap with original stamps which are still visible on the product.
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For more information on the shops included in the H.A.R.D.C.O.R.E. Team go to: http://www.etsy.com/teams/12536/hardcore-artist-team