Tag: Found Objects

Mini MagBot Found Object Robot Magnets

These little one-of-a-kind robot magnets are upcycled from household objects and hardware into mini cute assemblages.

A very strong 5/8″ round magnet is glued to the back of each and will keep your new friend secured to any magnetic surface, including your refrigerator door.

Part of a series that I created for the 2018 DelawareFunADay.com, the robots measure from 2 1/2″ to 4″ tall. They are made from 1 1/8″ children’s wood alphabet blocks, found objects, hardware, various recycled components and lots of imagination.

I’m selling these in my Etsy shop so please visit there to buy one of these little guys.

If you live in Wilmington, Delaware, you can adopt one of these from the Bellefonte Art Gallery.

Delaware Fun-A-Day 2017

I often let my enthusiasm overtake my practicality. Such as a few weeks ago when I brashly signed up for the Delaware Fun-A-Day art event, a busy September of making a small piece of art every day to be exhibited at the Delaware Contemporary in October.

DE Fun A Day Logo

My theme is “Recycled junk art assemblage on wood”. I’ll be making some more of my assemblage flowers on wood panel, similar to the large Differential Bloom painting I finished earlier this year. These, however, will be much smaller and, perforce, simpler in design. After all, I have to make 30 of them!

DE Fun-A-Day, Day 4, Stack of Boards Ready to Be Painted

DE Fun-A-Day, Day 4, Stack of Boards Ready to Be Painted

Delaware Fun-A-Day Details

  • Over 180 participants will be presenting their work at a giant group show at The Delaware Contemporary on October 6-8, 2017
  • Opening Night is Friday October 6 from 5pm-9pm
  • Additional hours to view the art on Saturday Oct 7 from 10am-5pm and Sunday Oct 8 from 12pm-5pm
  • The Delaware Contemporary is located on 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Free admission & plenty of free parking!
  • Go to www.delawarefunaday.com for more

Here’s a gallery of my work. Follow as I progress day by day! I’ll post new photos [almost] every day.

I was hoping to post a picture every day but family commitments and crises and illness kept me from doing that.

I did manage to post some photos to Instagram and was interested in seeing the work of others who are participating in this event. Here’s the Instagram feed for the hashtag #delawarefunaday:


Found Object Robot Wall Hangings on My Work Table

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s under construction at Trilby Works today. Some cute wall hanging found object robots. They are mostly done but the dude on the right needs some legs.

Found Object Robot Wall Hangings in Process

Found Object Robot Wall Hangings in Process


These bots are fun to make. More are on the way!

Making Christmas Ornaments in January – Who Does That?

Well, I do, of course. I never seem to be able to do anything at the appropriate time or location. But, really, there is no wrong time to make these ornaments. Why? Because these are ROBOT ornaments, woohoo.

I gathered up all my supplies, which consisted of wood blocks, game pieces, tids and bits of hardware, scrapbooking embellishments, etc. After a few days of intensive gluing, drilling, and assembling, I had a small troupe of the cutest holiday ornaments I’ve ever seen.

These will be available for purchase at the Bellefonte Art Gallery soon.

I Heart Bots: Robot Love

I don’t know why I like robots so much. Not real ones – they kind of freak me out. Although I am somewhat fond of the benign little Roomba that circles our house, sucking up cat fur and cracker crumbs. No, the ones I really love are the found object robots made from household junk.


I Heart Bots

A robot is defined as

  1. a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially one programmable by a computer
  2. a machine resembling a human being and able to replicate certain human movements and functions automatically (especially in science fiction)
  3. a person who behaves in a mechanical or unemotional manner

The word comes from the Czech word robota, meaning ‘forced labor,’ and was first used in 1920. Synonyms for robot are: automaton, android, golem, droid.

Follow Trilby Works’s board I Heart Bots: Robots Rule! on Pinterest.

Found objects robots are a new popular modern art genre created from combined and often modified found objects resulting in a recognizable figured piece in the form of a robot. The phrase found object originates from the French term objet trouvé, literally “found object.” Found objects can include any item with a non-art function like tin cans, old tools, household recyclables, kitchen utensils, vintage toys and games, automotive parts, and pretty much anything else you can imagine.

Here’s an Etsy Treasury I made of colorful, happy robots of all shapes and sizes!

Mother and Child Coke Bots

This mama robot comes with a toddler bot so you have an instant family. Made from found objects, the robot bodies are Coke tins. The mama has jelly mold breasts, a vegetable steamer skirt, paper clip tray feet, a coffee pot head, and Coke can hair. Her arms are made from wire and a shower hose with electrical clasps for hands. She wears glass beaded jewelry and clutches a plastic toy in one hand. The toddler’s head is made from resale shop finds with a working timer for a head. His arms are made from lobster forks and his legs are jiggers. He holds a toy lantern in his hand. Both pieces are numbered and signed by the artist.

Mother and Child Coke Bots

Mother and Child Coke Bots

Rawleigh the Robot Plays Croquet

My Hippo Mint Tin Art is Famous!

Wow! My hippo assembly was selected for Art Business Institute’s “Great Handmade Holiday Gifts! $50 – $100” list.

Altoid Tin Hippo Sculpture

Altoid Tin Hippo Sculpture

Altoid Tin Hippo Sculpture

Altoid Tin Hippo Sculpture

Altoid Tin Hippo Sculpture

Altoid Tin Hippo Sculpture

This one actually has been sold but I’m in the process of making several more. If you’d like one, check back here to see when they are done or drop me an email and I’ll set one aside for you. Thanks to the ABI for choosing my work!