Robin Black Walder’s background is as eclectic as her designs. Her passions run deep for marine conservation and the voiceless animals on our earth. Drawing and sculpting sharks and animals has been a constant in her life. She loves meditation, gemstones, posture awareness, fossils, symbolism, metals and kindness. You will see her guiding life principles emanate through her designs.
After graduating from East Carolina University in 1992 she went to work at the Florida State attorney office as a case worker. A year later she continued her search for the right job by dabbling in radio advertising.
In 1995 Robin discovered jewelry design. She began studying in the intensive metal-smithing program at the Miami Jewelry Institute. Immersing herself into the ancient art of jewelry making, the real purpose for her life became clear.
In the early days she designed and sold her work out of Chrisalyn on Lincoln Road, South Beach.
Then she let the wind carry her to new experiences in New York City and Blackbird Jewelry was born. At that time she concentrated on hand fabrication, dabbled in wax carving and began making her signature BackBeads.
She would talk and sell her beads to anyone looking for a bit of tranquility, while she tended bar at SYNY at World Trade Center. She took on jobs learning her trade as a bench jeweler and a machinist in the acclaimed NYC Jewelry district.
Returning to Miami Beach at the end of 2001 Robin became fascinated with expressing symbolism through wax carving. Awareness through adornment seeped out in everything she created.
While teaching alternative high school and training Capoeira, she spent all her free time at her work bench. Then, feeling the waves of change once again she was introduced to Pilates and her future husband, Michael. Finding balance in her life, she was certified to teach IM=X Pilates by 2003.
She then married her best friend in 2005. Serendipity at its finest. In 2006 , Robin and her growing family moved to Asheville, North Carolina. There she settled into the Cotton Mill Studio’s in the fast growing River Arts District. She spent her days designing something new and taking care of her 3 babies. The mountains were comforting and the artistic energy flowed effortlessly through her hands.
Today, Robin and Mike live in Jupiter, Florida with their 3 children and 3 dogs. Blackbird Jewelry has grown up. The same design ideas that started in NYC have grown into full collections today.
Her mission has remained true. Jewelry design to spread awareness for personal growth, spiritual uplifting and to create intimacy for global issues that effect the earth and its inhabitants. She donates 10% of her profits to charities that tug at her heart strings.