02
Jun
09

Where Women Create Fobots

workshop 002First off, I want you to look at this picture, and then scroll down to “What. A. Dump.” and compare.

Back now?  Good.  Because this all happened in ten days.  Ten long, grueling, backbreaking days.  And it is sooooooooo worth it.

Jo Packham, editor, and Ryne Hazen, photographer, stopped by last Thursday to cover my studio for the magazine “Where Women Create”.  I’d met Jo over a year ago, in the dark ages when I was exhibiting at licensing shows, and she liked my work and the pictures I’d sent of my illustration studio.  She had NO IDEA about the Fobots, and let’s just say she hadn’t seen anything like them or the workshop where I make them.  In fact, her exact words upon seeing the workshop were “Oh my god.  We are going to have to bump you up.”  Apparently, each issue has to be carefully balanced to avoid featuring too many studios that look the same.  No problem there–this place doesn’t look like ANYWHERE else.

workshop 003The walls are blue now, and have robots drawn on them in chalk to look like blueprints.  My talented friend Lisa Stewart, of EC Stewart Designs, has a fabulous video on her blog that shows you how to add unsanded grout to flat latex paint to turn any surface into a chalkboard.  Check it out for yourself at http://creativegoddess.wordpress.com/2009/05/21/studionews-make-your-own-chalkboard-paint/ . Two project tables from Pier One have been upfitted with wooden boxes to hold all of the small stuff, and are topped by a recent flea market find–a library card catalog for the even smaller stuff.  The lovely and talented Phil hung some of our trade show track lighting over the workbench, which now has a formica surface that is –thank god–impervious to all the liquids I keep spilling on it.  There’s a cool new ceiling fan that’s very deco/robot looking.  And two steel shelving units hold all of the crap that once covered the floor.

So I lost ten days of production.  Big deal.  I can now ACTUALLY FIND STUFF, and the time spent cursing and searching for that thing, ya know, that thing with the dial and the knobs….that’s been cut waaaay down.

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8 Responses to “Where Women Create Fobots”


  1. June 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Wow! That was a scary trip to What.A.Dump shop!! 😉 Thank Buddha you’ve managed to reveal the space for your characters dancing along like, well, Fobots!

    They say if you want to nurture your creativity, work in blue. Nice!

    I expect Oz to have his own little costume by Halloween!!

  2. June 12, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    So have you walked in, turned on the lights and just admired your handiwork over and over again? A redesigned, cleaned up studio is just energizing, isn’t it? I recently redid my art studio (I have a computer studio & art studio) to include my sewing machine and just be more functional overall. I LOVE the space now and want to spend all my time in there. I posted some pics on my blog last month. And yes, for days I had to just peek in there now and again to admire its newness 🙂 Enjoy your “new” space!

  3. June 16, 2009 at 9:34 am

    You have a great studio, I especially love the fobots/robots drawn on the walls. I’m sure you enjoy working in there!

  4. July 13, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Gorgeous studio, and WHAT a COOL TIP about the latex paint! WOW!! Who knew!! 🙂

    • 5 artgirlraleigh
      July 13, 2009 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks Kathy–be sure and check out the link to Lisa Stewart’s blog if you’re thinking of trying it. Very informative, very funny.

  5. July 14, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Great space!!! Love your fobots and love the robots on the wall. So cool!

  6. July 14, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Great space!!! Love your fobots so much and love, love, love the robots on the wall. So cool!

  7. June 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Does anyone have a Nov/Dec/Jan 2009 issue of “Where Women Create” magazine they are willing to sell?
    I am missing that one for my collection.


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