About Debbie


About Debbie New


Debbie New is the resident certified Zentangle teacher, or CZT, at Tangled Pursuits, Singapore.

Debbie has a diploma in Law and Management from Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore, and a Bachelor of Justice, majoring in Criminology from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Debbie is a strong supporter of social and criminal justice issues. Her varied previous work experiences include working in retail, libraries, the Singapore civil service, legal pro-bono, para-legal and legal secretarial work.

In her spare time, Debbie is also a hobby photographer, blogger and crafter. She runs a website for her craft 5tudio and Hamstery.

Entirely self-taught, Debbie started making handmade accessories in 2006 for friends and family.

File_001 (21)In 2014, she started selling her pieces at artisanal markets such as Maad Pyjamas at the Red Dot Design Museum, which is on-going, and the Asian Civilisations Museum’s River Nights 2014. Where possible, she features up-cycled materials in her creations, to produce a completely unique and socially-conscious range of handmade goods.

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In July 2014, Debbie accidentally stumbled upon the Zentangle art method and is still discovering for the first time in her life, that quite like the official Zentangle slogan, “everything is possible, one stroke at a time”. She is enjoying this foray into ink and paper and her discovery of the method has helped to further alter her outlook on crafting and on life itself.

In April 2015, Debbie attended the 18th certified Zentangle teacher seminar in Rhode Island, USA, and was taught directly by the Zentangle founders, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. She is the fourth CZT in Singapore.

Aside from building up a professional practice advocating Zentangle, Debbie currently incorporates tangling in her personal, everyday life. In particular, she enjoys meditating on Scripture verses as she tangles. Debbie used to suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, pain and discomfort after a lengthy period of illness. Since picking up Zentangle, she has been able to manage these issues without any painkillers or medication.

As a CZT, Debbie is always interested in hearing from anyone who has an interest in Zentangle. She welcomes enquiries about classes or about the Zentangle method as a lifestyle.


Debbie may be contacted directly at tangledpursuits[at]gmail.com or support[at]tangledpursuits.com .