Amy Flynn had been a professional illustrator since her first job with Hallmark in 1982.  She has illustrated several childrens’ books and more greeting cards and paper products than she would care to recall.  A few of her clients include American Greetings, Hallmark, Random House, Grosset and Dunlap, Paper Magic, Current, Paramount Cards, Reader’s Digest, Marcel Schurman, the Lindy Bowman Company, Cleo, JeanMarie Creations, Publications International, Midwest of Cannon Falls, Leanin’ Tree, Karto Oy, Marian Heath, PcCrafter and Amscan.  In 2008, a changing economic climate (that’s a nice way of saying recession) led her to re-examine her choice of careers, and she started FOBOTS.  Her studio and workshop are the upper floor of an old house that she and Phil (that’s her lovely and talented husband) have painstakingly restored. Mongo, the Welsh terrier, sleeps at her feet.  And to balance the solitude that freelance work imposes, Amy has become something of a minor local celebrity for her appearances onstage in area theatrical productions.

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19 Responses to “Amy”

  1. 1 Barbara
    January 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Hi Amy, I just LOVE your Fobots. I have been collecting vintage items like yours for years. I call it my dirt collection and make all of my good friends look at any new acquisitions. Mason jars,flashlights,tools, tins,toys… I love the look of worn vintage tools. I also saved old nuts and bolts. I have had the idea to make sculptures out of it but was afraid to hurt or damage my items. Looking at your wonderfull creations has made me realize that to not fully enjoy them is by far the bigger crime. I have managed to keep a neat collection in my basement,And not turn into a pack rat. This may change, Hardy har har.. Anyway I have some realy cool ideas and would love to collaberate with you. Best of luck, Barb

  2. March 15, 2010 at 7:46 am

    So imagine my surprise as I’m checking email on Saturday and my ArtFairCcalendar blog email starts out with an introduction to Amy Flynn. Hmmm, I know an Amy Flynn. Could it possibly be my old Star Bar Player’s friend, Amy Flynn? Yep! I see her smiling face and that’s who it is! What a pleasure to reconnect in this fun round-a-bout way! Sounds like you and Phil have got a fun new life going – creating, marketing and selling Flobots!

    Michael and I are doing great! Coincidentally we just started hitting the art fair circuit ourselves a year ago selling my paintings and Michael’s woodwork. We also formed a little on- line business with my father who is also an artist and appropriately named it Art is Relative.

    Michael and I are in Indianapolis – working “real” jobs to support the artistic passion. I’m still doing theatre and I’ve got my first art show of the season in two weeks at the Eiteljorg Museum’s “Women in Art”.

    Perhaps we’ll catch each other on the circuit some time.

    Say hi to Phil!

  3. March 23, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I have several old clock parts, etc. that you can have to make your art objects. Please call me at 252-354-4347. We live in Emerald Isle, N.C. I saw your aticle in the News & Observer.

  4. 4 randy siciliano
    July 30, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Hi Amy, This Weekend (july 31st)I’ll be @ the flea , hope you are too(Treasures galore)

  5. 5 geraldine wallace
    August 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Hi amy…your mug is ready here in my messy studio…I don’t seem to have a mailing address for you…I am sure I lost it some placer….if you want this fab. mug…I need your address. Great seeing you….gerry

  6. August 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Amy, will you be coming to SW Florida in 2013? Naples/Ft.Myers area. I was talking with another Fobot lady who welds the pieces together but it looks like you screw, bolt, and maybe glue yours???. I am now one of your followers. Thanks, Mike

    • 7 artgirlraleigh
      August 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Hey Mike–I don’t know yet what my 2013 schedule will be. I plan on applying to three Florida shows–one each in Miami, Winter Park, and Palm Beach–but I won’t know for months which ones I’ll get in to. As for technique, mine are bolted and soldered together. Welding is for large pieces, and the high heat would take the paint off the tins I use. Anyway, you can check this blog or my website or Facebook–I post on all three whenever I learn something about getting in to upcoming shows—Amy

  7. January 7, 2013 at 12:20 am

    If you ever decide you would part with Dolly Dimple I would love to purchase! That was my mom’s name! I love your art

    • 9 artgirlraleigh
      January 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Sorry, Candy, but Dolly Dimple stays with us. She’s one of the only Fobots we actually own! But I’ll be on the lookout for another Dolly Dimple hair dressing tin, and I’ll make you your own, if you like!

  8. 10 Bonnie
    November 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Oh my goodness! I LOVE your little robots! My husband’s nickname is Robot. Would love to have one for him.

    • 11 artgirlraleigh
      November 13, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks, Bonnie! You can see the ones I have for sale at And if you want, I can always make you one and name it after your husband!

  9. 12 Darlene Lintz
    April 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Your work looks amazing
    Love to have a tutorial on how to do this?’
    Not looking to sell or make money
    Just want to do crafts now that I am retired
    These would’ve make GR8 gifts for the grand children’s teachers

    • 13 artgirlraleigh
      April 19, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Hi Darlene–no, I’m afraid there isn’t a tutorial. The biggest problem with that is that every bot is different, and requires different strategies and techniques to put them together. Sorry!

  10. 14 Lisa Lucente
    July 20, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    I just want to say thanks, for showing me how one man’s junk can make so much treasure.Your Robots are just beautiful i have decided to try my hand in alittle pieace of my own .I have done some steam punk stuff and i must say am not bad at it so because iam a artsy kind of girl iam going to give it a try .love your work wish me luck .Am a fan

  11. 15 Nancy Bellavance
    May 1, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Where can I buy your 2013 Calendar and how much is it?

  12. 17 Rhonda Bjornstad
    March 25, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    Hello Amy,

    I dearly love your bots and would like to purchase one.
    Do you sell them on line or how may I buy one?

    We have had a really rough year with our home burning to the ground along with everything we own.
    Your robots bring such a burst of joy. I would love to have one for our new home.

    Thank you.

    Rhonda Bjornstad

    • 18 artgirlraleigh
      March 30, 2021 at 9:28 pm

      Rhonda–I’m so sorry I haven’t responded to your sweet comments sooner! I’ve sort of let this blog languish, and rarely check it anymore. Most of my social media is on Facebook and Instagram now, under the name Fobots. I do have a website though, with lots of Fobots to look at and purchase–it’s at

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