I’m an unschooling parent, writer, and artist – focusing on art dolls, mixed media and paper craft. But once upon a time……
My parents were both entertainers, and I grew up around cabaret, feathers, sequins and beads. Since then, in a career spanning about 30 years I have been a costume, scenic and lighting designer and worked in every kind of theater from community to educational to “broadway” style, both in Australia and the US, and gained a Bachelor of Creative Arts with Honors.
When I came to the US in the early 90′s, I was a freelance art department worker and later Production Designer of independent films before repurposing my life as a work-from-home, homeschooling mother.
My daughter’s love of all kinds of doll – from Barbie’s to ball jointed to porcelain collectibles – led me into the world of art dolls. I’m interested in expressing ideas about feminine archetypes, mythology and personal totems in my vintage fabric and mixed media figurative sculptures.
When I’m not making dolls, I especially enjoy making custom elements for my layouts and cards. My designs are simple, but with layers and dimensional details. I love vintage, raggedy looks, Shabby Chic, retro and romantic. But I also like industrial, aged and rusted textures, that work well with recycled and upcycled materials. I’ve been a confirmed “greenie” since the late 1980′s when I worked for Greenpeace. I wrote a how-to column for the website of Natural Life Magazine about environmentally sound crafting called “Crafting for a Greener World”.
I became interested in supporting people as they rediscover and reclaim their creativity after working at Michaels Arts and Crafts stores as a Spotted Canary Certified scrapbooking teacher, Every day I met people who expressed a lot of insecurity about their own creative abilities. The constantly repeated phrase was “I’m not creative”, along with it’s cousin, “I’m not artistic”. In my Creativity Blast Blog I present a free ongoing program to help you remember and express your own inherent creativity.
Robin's blog: http://iggyjingles.blogspot.com