Tag: Robots

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

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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.

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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!

Dancing Robots Digital Download Collage Sheet

Colorful dancing robots are ideal for your scrap book page or altered art project. You get fifteen bright, happy bots in an instant download.

Dancing Robots Digital Download Collage Sheet

Dancing Robots Digital Download Collage Sheet

WHERE TO USE YOUR ROBOT ART

  • Scrapbooking
  • Card making
  • Computer desktop wallpapers
  • Invitations
  • Announcements
  • Party printables (banners, cards, games, cupcake toppers)
  • Printed paper products (stationery, cards, business cards, tags, stickers)
  • Digital embroidery
  • Web design
  • Etsy banners and avatars
  • Craft projects (bookmarks, bag toppers, games)
  • T-shirts
  • Printed wedding design and decor
  • Printed home decor
  • School related items

***DETAILS***
You get a high resolution (300 ppi) digital file sized to an 8.5 x 11″ letter sized paper. The file format is a widely used pdf that can be opened and used across many computer platforms. The watermark will not appear on your download.

***COPYRIGHT***
Each item was hand drawn by me, first in my sketchbook and then scanned and imported into Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. I retain all rights to this artwork. No rights are transferred by purchase.

***TERMS OF USE***
You may use this artwork for personal, educational, and small business projects in small quantities (homemade/handmade items) ONLY. You may not resell the image itself in part or whole. Please do not resell the collage sheet in part or whole, as clip art or other format. Please do not redistribute this artwork to others. This artwork is royalty free; you pay once for its use and then you may print as many copies of it as you like.

If you like this collage sheet, you may buy it in my shop here.

Make Mine Mini Reader Challenge

Amid the frantic days of December filled with holiday shopping and packing and shipping orders for my online retail store, I somehow found time to enter a Reader Challenge from Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine. I’ve been wanting to submit artwork to them for a few years now, but I can never get my pieces done in time to meet their deadlines. (Yes, most of the time my art-making moves at the speed of a tortoise, lumbering and painfully slow.) But this time I already had a piece finished, something I had created last year and set aside with no idea what to do with it: a mini robot. Here he is:

Mini Robot Pendant

I’ve been making larger robots for some time now but last year I ventured into small scale bots. I thought of them as babies and often attached them to the larger guys by magnets. This little guy never found a momma so he was perfect to use for this challenge. I placed him in a copper curio box from my stash and added a length of leather to create a pendant necklace. Then I took the picture and sent him in!

The guidelines were to “create a mini piece of mixed-media art, 4″ x 4″ or smaller, using paints, encaustics, collage papers, fibers, stitching, and more to create this wee masterpiece. Try making something you would normally do large and make it Lilliputian.”

I had no idea whether my piece would be accepted or not but in February I was pleased to find myself on the list of finalists. Out of 300 entries, they chose 53 finalists, from which they chose the ones that were published in the magazine.

I guess the magazine editors are too busy to notify artists individually of their decision because I heard nothing more about this until yesterday when my May/June issue arrived in the mail. I turned to page 87 and there was my piece – yay!

If you don’t have a copy of this issue, you can take a look at the Gallery section of the website where many of the works have been uploaded by the artists. Check out the wonderful artwork that others have made!

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!

I Like The Way You Oil My Joints Robot Note Card

This sassy robot says, “I like the way you oil my joints.” Slip one of these into your partner’s lunchbox or briefcase to show your appreciation for them and I’m sure you will be rewarded!

I Like The Way You Oil My Joints Robot Note Card

I Like The Way You Oil My Joints Robot Note Card

From a digital illustration, this card is a perfect gift for anyone who likes robots and humor. Buy one here.

Wherein My Bots Escape And Take Up Residence At The Bellefonte Art Gallery

I came downstairs recently and couldn’t find my robots! They had escaped! I searched everywhere for them: in the cat food bin where they like to steal bits of food; upstairs playing with my son’s Transformers; and out in the garage where they like to pour oil on themselves.

Nothing.

Crate and Stereo Equipment Bot

Crate and Stereo Equipment Bot

They were gone.

Then I got a call from Valerie White of the Bellefonte Arts Gallery. Were these my robots who broke down her door? Yes, I had to reply, as I imagine other people take better care of their bots and don’t let them sneak away in the dead of night to wreak havoc on commercial property. Could they stay? I quickly asked, before she could launch into a tirade about how they opened her cash register drawer and switched the pennies with the quarters then put on all the bracelets from the display case.

Silence.

I could tell Valerie wasn’t crazy about keeping my bots, knowing how difficult they are to manage. I had her put them on the phone with me, one by one, and made them promise to behave. They all agreed, maybe a bit too readily. I could tell they really wanted to stay there.

So I just want to apologize in advance to the good people of Bellefonte. If your trash can is upended or your cat’s tail gets pulled or slugs are found in your mailbox, I just want you to know: it’s not my fault. Valerie is in charge now.

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