Tuesday, October 18, 2016

My Robots and Steampunk Birds on Etsy

Robots and Assemblage Birds by Robin Davis Studio

Tonight I added a small selection of originals from my show pieces to my ETSY SHOP! If you are looking for a unique gift for that someone special, please take a look at the "one of a kind" pieces I have available!

These art pieces are truly my passion and I love every minute in the studio creating them!
All the best, Robin

Monday, October 17, 2016

Online Gallery Sale by Robin Davis Studio - October 18th - 7:30pm Eastern Time

Hello! I'm thrilled to hold my Online Gallery Sale tomorrow night. October 18th at 7:30pm (Eastern Time)
For the first time, I will sell a select few originals from my show pieces. 
Each one is "One of a Kind" and made from vintage, rustic elements I have collected over the years.
Every piece is named, numbered and signed by me!
Below is a sampling of the items that will be displayed in the SHOP tomorrow.
Bird Cage Art Piece - Sky by Robin Davis Studio
This piece I named SKY. I carved the tiny bird with clay, then added vintage leather wings and created a metal top hat. Sky is perched on a vintage clock gear within her wire cage. I made the base using a rustic metal bit and washer.
Steampunk Bird by Robin Davis Studio
 I just LOVE Fritz! He is a wall hanger and stands 12 inches tall. I created him using a vintage car gauge as his head, then built a wooden framed body and embellished it with retro papers and technical drawings. Old castor wheels are some of my favourite things to use for robot feet.
Robot Fritz Art Piece by Robin Davis Studio
Using a collection of retro typeset blocks and vintage wooden play blocks, I love to create my small robot sitters. Each one comes with a piece of wood for display. The most important part for me is always the face! I use rusty bolts, washers & a variety of chains to make their faces come to life!

Robot Art Pieces by Robin Davis Studio

Robot and Bird Art Pieces by Robin Davis Studio
Stop by my online SHOP tomorrow night to view the remaining One of a Kind pieces for purchase.

Steampunk Birds and Robots by Robin Davis Studio
 Each art piece comes with a studio label, numbered, named and signed. I will carefully pack and ship  within Canada and the USA. 

I'm happy to answer any questions you may have. Please send me a message.
All the best, Robin

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Making of Jordan's Memorial Box - Robin Davis Studio

Memorial Box Art Piece by Robin Davis Studio
 In February I received an email with the subject "Urn for my son's remains". I opened that email which was from a lovely lady named Melody who had lost her son on January 1st, 2016. Her son Jordan was only 26 years old. Melody had included in her email a beautiful photo of Jordan playing his Mandolin.
Memorial Box Art Piece by Robin Davis Studio
 She wrote ; "My son, Jordan was a street artist, musician and a traveler who traveled the United States by hoping on trains and sharing rides with other travelers. He lived a very free spirited life. He took his own life on January 1st and I need to bring him home. I would like to talk to you about creating an urn for my son."
                           Jordan's Memorial Box - Robin Davis Studio
 Melody had found the image of the Memorial Box I created for my girlfriend's dog Brody, which I wrote about here on my blog.
 I called Phoenix Arizona, where Melody and her family live.
We spoke on the phone for at least 2 hours. With pen and paper in hand, I wrote down everything she shared with me about Jordan and the incredible life he lived!
When we hung up, I shared Jordan's story with my husband and son. Crying while trying to get the words out. They both looked at me and said "you have to make this piece for them."
Jordan's Memorial Box - Robin Davis Studio
So the journey began. I immediately knew the metal container to use, which was a vintage lunch box I had in my studio. I'm always on the look out for metal pieces I can rust and create art with. 
Part of the story Melody shared with me was about Jordan's dog Bronson, which they are now taking care of and treasure him dearly. Jordan loved Bronson and took him on his travels. So one day, when the time comes and Bronson leaves this earth, his ashes will be with Jordan's. This is why I knew the lunch box was the perfect place to start.
My son and I made the following video journal to share the making of Jordan's Memorial Box. You can watch it below! Watch it in full screen if you can, so you can see all the details.
For reasons beyond our comprehension, suicide is sometimes a choice young people make. The loved ones left behind then struggle with the excruciating loss and daily pain of asking why? During the creation of the memorial box, I was constantly trying to put myself in Jordan's family's shoes. What were they going through. What would we do if anything ever happened to my son, who is now 16. How do you move forward with such a painful loss. At times, this thought process completely engulfed me. I would burst into tears on many occasions trying to reconcile how people move beyond such tragedy.

I have experienced what a tragedy is like, with the sudden death of my Dad when I was 17 years old,  I quickly realized through compassion and understanding of this pain, comes hope and faith. 
Dwelling on the "why" doesn't heal. Focusing on the time you shared with the loved one while they were on this earth begins the healing process. Talk about loved ones you've lost. Share the wonderful and funny stories. Keep his memory alive by honouring the life he lived...and boy, did Jordan LIVE! He did what he wanted, he explored the country and hung out with friends that became his travelling family! Jordan lived larger in his 26 short years than some will live in 80!
That's what we must remember, Jordan is showing us all to LIVE each day the way your heart guides you!

This video is of Jordan's friends playing a song Jordan wrote at his celebration of life service in his family's backyard. 

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or know someone that is. There are many support systems out there. Here are a few websites with information.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Etsy Made in Canada Makeology Show September 24th - Robin Davis Studio

Robot Water colors with rustic vintage embellishment by Robin Davis Studio
The studio is buzzing with excitement in preparations for this weekends big ETSY MADE IN CANADA HAMILTON SHOW hosted by MAKEOLOGY!
I'm especially thrilled about this particular venue The Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology. It feels like the perfect backdrop to showcase my work in! There are 3 buildings where you can enjoy the museum and discover incredible creations from over 80 Artisans!
I'll be in the 1913 building C - please come say hello!
Robin Davis Studio 

Friday, September 16, 2016

How my love of movies influenced my art!

In 1968 the British movie adventure "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was in theatres. I honestly can't remember how old I was when I saw the film, since I was only 1 when it came out. Maybe at age 5 for the first time & many, many times since. I do remember the affect it had on me! Specifically, all the creative aspects of the film.
Mr. Potts played by Dick Van Dyke was an eccentric inventor, who created unique and unusual contraptions from the things he had collected. Just look at how wonderful these images are from the film. I could stare at them for days, picking out all the wonderful pieces throughout the barn.
Of course, I loved the magical car he built to take the kids on their amazing adventures, but I dreamed of being in that barn and letting my imagination run wild with all the things I'd love to create!
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Movie
I'm a believer in the saying "everything you've been through has prepared you for this moment" and that I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now!
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Movie
As clarity comes to me about my creative world and the work I want to create. I can see how this long path I've been on through out my artistic journey has led my to today! That all the work I created through out the decades was preparing me for the work I create today! The work that feels like ME, the works that fills my heart and makes me happy. Sure I am making robots and characters from rusty metal and antiques, and maybe people don't "get it" or understand the art. But that part doesn't matter to me. In creating each robot or character, I feel like each little piece I choose to build him with, makes him come to life! And each one makes me SMILE. So, if one of my pieces resonates with you and makes you SMILE, then it's exactly what I intended and my heart is happy!
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Movie
So why am I sharing photos from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? Because yesterday I watched it for probably the 20th time while working in the studio. It hit me right away, the emotions and excitement I felt with the visuals of this film. It was magical! Even as a little girl I was already dreaming of a room filled with unique pieces and things to create art. I didn't know it then, but I sure do now!
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Movie
So many things have happened to me though out my career to get me to this moment, this ART, this creative world I live in now! Thank you universe! Thank you for listening and guiding me and showing me how to be BRAVE enough to listen to my heart...take a big JUMP and GO FOR IT!
Robots by Robin Davis Studio - Makeology Etsy made in Canada Show Sept 24th
To see more of my creations I make in my studio full of unique and unusual things, come see me at the Makeology Etsy Made in Canada Show - Sept 24th at the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology.
I'd love to meet you!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Etsy Made in Canada - Robin Davis Studio

Etsy Made in Canada - Robin Davis Studio - Sept 24th 2016

September 24, 2016  11am - 5pm

Makeology presents ETSY MADE IN CANADA held at the
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology.
Over 80 artisans and creators will be showcasing their unique
and original works throughout the 3 historic buildings!

Parking is $3 on-site, as well as free parking & shuttle off Brampton St.

SWAG BAGS for the first 50 guests to arrive!

Etsy Made in Canada - Robin Davis Studio - Sept 24th 2016
I will be showcasing my One of a Kind Robot and Character Art pieces along with my unique wall decor, stationary, pillows and robot pins. Watch for my display in the 1913 building

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mixed Media Robots by Robin Davis Studio

Robots by Robin Davis Studio
 It's 10pm and I just took this photo in the studio of the 2 robots I've been working on for days. So let me introduce you to BLAZE and FLICKER. I pride myself in creating characters with heart. Each one must make viewers SMILE! That's my goal!
Working on my robot BLAZE - Robin Davis Studio
 For BLAZE, I used a vintage lamp piece for his head and an old mini tablet tin for his body. I decided he wouldn't have a sealed base to stand on, so if you pick him up and roll his caster feet around, it looks like he's dancing! I LOVE IT!
Working on this robot I named Flicker - Robin Davis Studio
FLICKER is made from a vintage stove oil can and retro lighter.

I'm having the time of my life in the studio right now!
BUT it's time for bed!
Good night friends!
I'll share more tomorrow!
Cheers Robin

Friday, July 8, 2016

Mixed Media Robots and Characters by Robin Davis Studio

Robots by Robin Davis Studio
One of my latest ROBOTS. His name is Jetson. Made from vintage elements like a retro carrot tin, old caster wheels and a vintage rusty fuel filter. I pride myself in creating a face that makes YOU SMILE! It's how I begin each character...it's all in the face! The eyes & smile!

Retro Robots by Robin Davis Studio
To say I'm having "the time of my life" in the studio, is an understatement! All the little characters that have been in my head for decades are coming to life with a variety of vintage pieces that I've collected for YEARS!

Mixed Media Characters by Robin Davis Studio
My Steampunk Troll took a very long time to create. First his head was sculpted with paper clay. Once I had his expression figured out, I knew I wanted his body to be a variety of rusty tin pieces with a little vintage tweed and leather as accents. To top him off, he is adorned with 5 mini steampunk birds, each with their own tiny tophats!
Steampunk Art Sculpture - Troll - Robin Davis Studio
His name is Mr. Goodfellow.

All of these pieces and more will be at my next ART SHOW.

Thursday, May 19, 2016


Robin Davis Studio - Unique Nursery Decor and more
A sample of the handmade items I've been working on for the HANDMADE MARKET NIAGARA WINERY show June 18 & 19
The Handmade Market Niagara
Come say hello! I'd love to meet you! I'll also be featuring several of my favourite Robot and Woodland Animal wall decor for kids! Many of my quotes include words of encouragement for kids! Each quote comes from my heart!
Encouragement Prints for Kids by Robin Davis Studio

My special prints & stationary for Father's Day will also be available!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A special package and a new friendship begins!

Ramona Otto - Artist
Last month I received a wonderful message from a friend on Facebook. Ramona Otto. We were both featured in Lori Siebert's "Labour of Love" magazine (issue #3)
Ramona and I both create art using found objects. 

Vintage Puppet Stage from Knotts Berry Farm
Ramona had reached out to me through Facebook, telling me all about a vintage puppet stage she had acquired from Knott's Berry Farm. 
Puppet Stage parts from Knott's Berry Farm - Robin Davis Studio
She was taking the stage apart for a special art piece and inside were a couple metal components used to make the puppets move. She contacted me to see if I could use these parts to create my ROBOTS.
Puppet Stage parts from Knott's Berry Farm - Robin Davis Studio
Naturally, I was tickled pink. I love the history connected to these pieces. Anyone that knows me, also knows how much I love Puppets and any Puppet History.
So Ramona and I started sharing emails and story's about our careers, our homes, family and of course our ART!
Kindred spirits for sure! 
Ramona was an Elementary School teacher for 42 years and just recently retired. Her love of antiquing and flea market shopping led her towards her incredible, larger than life, art creations. Each one, so unique and adorned with her amazing collection of jewellery and vintage elements.
Ramona Otto - Artist
Ramona dropped these unique metal pieces in the mail and they arrived Friday. I felt like a kid at Christmas when they arrived. Yes, I do get excited over vintage rusty metal...I can't help it LOL! I'm already in the planning stages of 2 robots, using these extraordinary elements.
Most importantly, I have made a new friend. We may live miles apart but our love of creating ART using founds objects has brought us together!

Knott's Berry Farm
I did some research about Knott's Berry Farm and it's history. This black and white photo was taken in 1920. Walter Knott and his wife Cordelia sold berries, berry preserves and pies from a roadside stand beside State Route 39, near the small town of Buena Park. Orange County, California

Interstate 605 and State Route 57 were built in the late 1960's and Route 39 became Beach Boulevard, which brought a long line of diners and traffic to the farm. As the years passed, they continued to add shops and interactive displays, drawing huge numbers of traffic every year. Puppet Shows were a big part of the Farm. 
Tony Kemeny and his Puppets, Knott's Berry Farm -Orange County Archives

Today Knott's Berry Farm is still a large amusement park attraction and draws millions of fans every year! KNOTT'S BERRY FARM

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Unique Mother's Day Card Printable and Best Grandma Ever Card by Robin Davis Studio

Unique Mother's Day Card Printable - Robin Davis Studio

DIY Mother's Day Card Download - Robin Davis Studio
Mother's Day is approaching and I have to say, it's one of my favourite DAYS! My hubby and son always make me feel so special. I've always said to them, the thing I LOVE the most is getting my MOTHER'S DAY CARDS! I picture them together picking out the cards and I love having their handwritten messages...it just warms my heart!
 I designed this Unique Mother's Day Card Printable using my Mother Owl and baby artwork. This card is blank inside and has lots of room to tell "Mommy" just how special and amazing she is! As a bonus, the front and back can then be framed and put on display. Each art piece fits in a 5x7 frame.

Best Grandma Ever Card by Robin Davis Studio
 Mother's Day is also a day for BEST GRANDMA EVER CARDS! So I thought this Mother Deer and her little one were the perfect fit to celebrate GRANDMA!
You can purchase this Grandma Card download here. Simply print on card stock and write your messages of love to GRANDMA inside!
This card also fits in 5x7 frames that GRANDMA can proudly display!
Unique Card for Grandma on Mother's Day - Robin Davis Studio

Mother's Day Cards for Grandma by Robin Davis Studio

Monday, March 14, 2016

Large Robot for a Unique Nursery Room

Large Robot Poster by Robin Davis Studio
Here he is! One of my Original Robot Art Pieces turned into a Large Robot Poster!
He stands 3 feet tall!
I created this Jumbo Robot Poster for a unique statement piece in any child's room!

Jumbo Robot Wall Decor by Robin Davis Studio
This Robot has adorable charm if I do say so myself...LOL!
Printed on enhanced matte paper with rich archival inks. He would make a great addition to any little Boy's Robot Room or Playroom!
When I was doing my research for a unique crib to feature my ROBOT wall decor with, I found this Caravan Crib from Kalon.  I immediately contacted this very talented husband and wife designer team from California. View their beautiful work here.
24x36 Robot Poster by Robin Davis Studio
My 24x36 Robot hangs in my studio as well. IKEA has a variety of frames that fit this size perfectly. Silver, Black or White.
If you want to decorate your New Baby Boy Nursery with Robots, this Tall Robot may be just the piece for you!
Keep Smiling! Robin

Saturday, February 20, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Paper Doll Craft

Have fun this St.Patrick's Day adding a couple of my designs to your wall. I loved creating these prints and my Articulated Paper Leprechaun Doll.
St. Patrick's Day Decor - Robin Davis Studio

Leprechaun Paper Doll DIY craft - Robin Davis Studio
Paper puppet Leprechaun DIY - Robin Davis Studio
St. Patrick's Day Printable Leprechaun craft - Robin Davis Studio
This adorable Leprechaun Paper Doll is easy to make. He has jointed arms and legs which makes him a fun character to pose! Attach ribbon or string to hang him on the wall, in your classroom or make several and include him in your St.Patrick's Day celebrations! He also makes a fabulous cake topper, simply attach a wooden skewer.
Irish Leprechaun Print - Robin Davis Studio
You can also add these Irish Wall Decor Prints as a perfect addition to your St. Patrick's Day Celebrations!
Irish Quote - Robin Davis Studio
The four leaf clover Leprechaun Print makes a great Irish Wedding Gift as well.
St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans wall decor - Robin Davis Studio
If you just want to have fun on St. Patrick's Day getting into some SHENANIGANS, then this
print is for YOU! I created this one for my BFF and I LOL!
Irish Baby Announcement Print - Robin Davis Studio
This special little print is for the arrival of an Irish Baby. A perfect little gift. I will add the child's name within the mushroom that the little Leprechaun is riding in!