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12

Keeper

I’m sitting on the floor of the Las Vegas airport, one of many people squatting next to electrical outlets like bums on the sidewalk in need of a voltage fix. (Watts?  Got any spare watts?) I’ve been away in California taking care of my mom and her newly broken arm, which has put me way behind for our last show of the year in Westchester County, NY.  But my Auntie Anne’s pretzel is long gone, I’ve checked Facebook to see if anything happened in my absence (no), and I have run out of “I’m too busy” excuses to prevent me from updating this poor neglected blog. And I do have a little sweetie of a Fobot I want to share with you.

People often ask us at shows if we ever have bots we can’t bear to part with, and I always say no, I take their picture before I send them out into the world, and that’s enough. But then I started working on this little one, one of the smallest I’ve ever completed (8″ tall), and she just got to me. I try not to get too attached to “things”, but I could already feel the hurt of letting her go someday. And then something funny happened.  I took her downstairs and showed her to Phil for the first time.  And without any idea of what I’d been thinking to myself, Phil said “We have to keep this one. We can’t sell her”. So meet “Dolly Dimple”, one of very few Fobots we actually own. You’d think we’d have a house full of bots, but no, just the very first one, one I made for Phil one Christmas, one that hangs on the wall in the kitchen and has all of the house and car keys in it (he’s earning his keep) and now, her.  There are many collectors out there who own more Fobots than we do.  But we have the best one.  At least in my opinion. And Phil’s.

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18 Responses to “Keeper”


  1. October 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I Love her too! her dragging along her lil Fobot baby…too precious! She is adorable- i can see why you would want to keep her…although EVERYONE is going to want her now! and I Love the way you write- I usually forward your writings to my non-blog reading friends. so stop being so darn busy- or get stuck at more airports!!

    • 4 artgirlraleigh
      October 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks, Debbie–I’ll try to write more. But in the hierarchy of making, shopping for parts, exhibiting, driving, and writing, writing is firmly at the bottom. And I just finished the last of the copy for the 2013 calendar coming out in November, so I think I’ve done enough.

      • October 2, 2012 at 6:55 pm

        You do too much! People yank at me to write more – so i am passing it along 🙂 Life is so busy- i get it- i spend half of my time shopping for items to create my stuff and more time staring at the finished product that never seems finished enough…i totally understand not enough hours in the day. I applaud you for doing it all- I gave up exhibiting at shows a few years ago- I just couldn’t take it anymore…I may try one or 2 next year…yeah, NEXT year! can’t wait to see the calendar!

  2. 6 Phil
    October 2, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Beautiful, Beautiful!

  3. 7 Jan Gregg-Kelm
    October 3, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Yep, she’s a keeper!

    • October 3, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Yes, if it speaks to you as being brilliant , the ‘essence of’, or very high on your satisfaction scale ….. then definitely hold it tight! Nice work! Regards billARTS

      • 9 artgirlraleigh
        October 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        Thanks Bill–it doesn’t really speak to me as being “brilliant”–it just speaks to me on an emotional, gut level. I’m not sure why–and I definitely don’t know why she appealed to a football-loving guy like Phil!

  4. 10 Jen Johnson
    October 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    She’s cute, but she doesn’t strike a chord in me like some of the others have. The very first ‘bot I saw was a cat ‘bot, and that one I’d seriously maim someone for! I quickly sent a link to my daughter who is a furball addict like me, and she wasn’t attracted to it. The Hub didn’t see anything special, either. Me…? Were it a choice between that FurrBot and food, well, there’s no content. I would be skinny.

    • 11 artgirlraleigh
      October 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Ah well, everybody is different. I think that’s why the Fobots have been so successful–they’re all so different that there’s usually one that strikes a chord! For you, it’s the cats. For me–well, I don’t know why she appealed to me, she just did!

  5. 12 Annie P
    October 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I think her nickname should be Ador Able! Glad your headed…perhaps home, by now! I miss you when you’re not in Raleigh. (Although, I’ve spent more time with you in California the last year.). Raleigh’s just Not the same w/o Amy in it! xxx

  6. 13 heyjude
    October 6, 2012 at 11:06 am

    She is absolutely perfect! I am always amazed at how you find just the “right” parts for your Fobots—her face is just precious. And I love her little doll….you are so clever!

  7. 14 Magrid Kaylan
    October 6, 2012 at 11:38 am

    She is absolutely adorable! I can understand that you don’t want to give her away. As usual you have found the perfect combination of little pieces of junk to create a priceless objet d’art.

  8. 15 sarah Tavenner
    November 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    So excited to discover these fobots via Pintarest as my son has been making this sort of thing and I never knew that there were others out there!! Are you ding a 2013 calendar is so how can I order one or failing that do you have any left over old calendars he would love them!!! I love your work!!!

  9. 18 artgirlraleigh
    November 5, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I can do that–contact me directly by email (amy@ifobot.com) with your address, and I’ll see how much it costs to send one to France.


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