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After months of hiatus, when my attention was mostly focused on theatre work, I have decided to put up my Etsy shop again.  This might be the best season for it, after all.
Now, perhaps it would also be some point in letting people know about it.  How do you do this promotion thing again?

Cycle of Nature necklace by ZombieArmadillo Earrings for Doctors Without Borders by ZombieArmadillo Circular-patterned coptic sketchbook by ZombieArmadillo

Glass Vial Necklace for Doctors Without Borders by ZombieArmadillo Banksia seed pod book by ZombieArmadillo Relics of Industry choker by ZombieArmadillo 

Tribalish horn-and-shell choker by ZombieArmadillo  Slags And Spikes choker by ZombieArmadillo

If unique handmade jewelry with an emphasis on recycled materials, found objects, natural materials, and perhaps the occasional Gallifreyan quote sounds like it might be up your proverbial alley, I would like to direct your attention to the fact that I have a shop on Etsy, where items such as those pictured above and many more are available.  There are also currently a couple of handbound books up for sale.  So get your gifts well in time, so you won’t have to worry about it two days before Christmas!

(In fact, since many of you might be overseas from me, I would encourage you to get any shopping done sooner rather than later.  Orders within Sweden I should be able to get to you in just a week after a placed order, but when the holiday rush sets in on the post offices, international orders may require at least 2-3 weeks advance notice, depending on your location.)

Either  way, I would encourage you all to consider buying handmade gifts from one of the many struggling artists and artisans out there – you get unique gifts with much attention given to their creation, and you support people who often ask rather too little in exchange for their work.

Of course, any help spreading the word is also highly appreciated.


Bullet; Black  A note about commissions:  I happily do them, if my schedule allows it and we can agree on price and other details.  Some of the things in my gallery may also still be available and up for sale at the right price, and if you're interested in buying something you see or commissioning anything else -- props, accessories, jewelry, or any other stuff that's within the range of my competence -- feel free to write and ask.  I am busy a lot of the time, but I'd rather keep busy making cool things than with many other occupations, so get in touch and we can see what we can agree on. :) (Smile)

Bullet; Black  I have a blog that's more focused on my professional work (whereas I consider DA to be more of a personal "anything goes" kind of forum).  Much of what's there is on DA already, but if you're looking to follow me on other places: this is me on Wordpress; and this is me on Tumblr.

  • Listening to: white noise
  • Reading: Bashback, an excellent comic about the queer mafia
  • Watching: the horizon for any sign of the dawn
  • Playing: at being someone who has their shit together
  • Eating: sounds like something i should put in my calendar
  • Drinking: port and coffee


Ylva Lundberg
Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
Current Residence: Stockholm, Sweden
Favourite genre of music: The good kind. Bonus points for narrative lyrics.
Favourite photographer: A bunch of people.
Favourite style of art: Whatever gets the job done. Bonus points for creative re-purposing.
Operating System: Needles, scalpels and giant lasers.
MP3 player of choice: WinAmp, because I am stubborn.
Shell of choice: Nautilus shells.
Wallpaper of choice: Tentacles.
Skin of choice: Yours, deep-fried with cheddar cheese dip.
Favourite cartoon character: Iron Giant Dean or Uncle Iroh are pretty high on the list
Personal Quote: Maybe we're all delusional oranges.


Alternative career path: orthopedics

A bit of costuming I made for the first stage production of Livläkarens besök (The Visit of the Royal Physician), for the Stockholm City Theatre.  A pair of old-fashioned leg braces, albeit of course made to leave room for movement for the actor, while looking restrictive and supportive.  The props storage yielded one leg brace with a rather nice look, although in poor condition and incorrect size.  It served as inspiration for the new pair, and the leg joints could also be used after having been re-shaped, cut down and altered to better match the second pair, which were salvaged from a modern plastic leg brace.  The costume designer also wished for some joints looking like they were keeping the ankles locked, so the foot loops I made was aluminium and hardware on the sides, and elastic below the feet.

WIP pictures at the blog.

Burning model city
A city designed to burn, and to do so repeatedly and safely.  It was both part of the decor for a play, and was also projected up in real-time as the view out from a window of a New York apartment.

The model city was built out of metal and standing on a fire-proof fibre cement board, made for an original play called Du ska veta mitt värde (You Shall Know My Worth) about Ayn Rand.  The buildings are a mix of found objects (metal boxes, hardware, etc), structural tubing, folded metal sheeting, and at the back, flat metal cutouts given some shape and stability with a profile rolling machine.

Some of the buildings had lighting in them for the night time cityscape.  While some lamps could be mounted into the buildings, others were close to the fire, or even in the houses that had fire mounted into them.  There, I had to mount the lamps underneath the board and aim the light up onto the back wall of the building.  The cityscape was placed on top of a wheeled box table, where lamps, wires and gas lines could be concealed.  My colleague at the theatre placed the gas lines for the fire – one long line of flame at the back, and concentrated fires in two of the houses further to the front.

Once on stage, the model was placed in front of a screen that was lit to emulate different times of the day.  A light bulb suspended above served as the sun.  And during the end monologue, one of the actors set the gas flames alight, and the model city and its projection burned in real-time.

A very cool scenography idea, and a very interesting play as well.  More documentary than flattering, it featured some extremely impressive acting.  A couple of WIP pictures (including a fire test) are here, and there are more pictures up at my blog.


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SylvanSmith Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:party: Happy Birthday
ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
And a belated thanks. :)
SylvanSmith Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave. I like your work, and I hope all is well. :pumpkin: Happy Halloween
ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you too.  Most things are well, and that which isn't is mostly under control and temporary. ;)  It has been a long time since I last poked DeviantArt, but sometimes life gets in the way.  I always enjoyed your gallery here.  Happy Halloween to you too!
SylvanSmith Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
 Thank you. I always enjoyed your talent and art too. I hope to see more of your work. It must be good to do art professionally. :pumpkin:
ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
It is, although of course when working professionally I'm maybe 25% artist and 75% craftsperson or so (meaning, to what degree do I produce things I might've done on my own and to what degree do I contribute to designs vs just produce what other people have designed).  But it is fun, varied and challenging work that gives plenty of tools that can be put to use for making ones own stuff too.  Well, many people fall out of working professionally because of the stress of making ends meet, but I've been pretty lucky this last year.
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iberiko Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
thanks for the add :)
ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welome, keep up the good work :)
satanen Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
Gratulerar på födelsedagen! :party: Party Have your cake and eat it too Death Emoticon 
mauxer Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hey thanks for the watch! :)
ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome, and likewise. :)  I like to see how other people craft things, so it's cool that you have pictures of things is progress.
mauxer Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I like to share the progress. And I also like the nice critiques for make things better :)
Erinus20 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015

Thank you so much for the favourite of my work.


Have a peaceful day
ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome, keep up the good work. :)
Uru-Tigre Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thx for the fav,  have a nice day Tiger La la la la 
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