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!

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