Friday, May 29, 2009


Arthur the Handmade Rod Puppet
Robyn Wilson-Owen

He's a poetic type, best suited to pondering life in the dappled shade under a lovely leafy tree. He's has a rod coming from his shoulder blades and one elbow to operate him.

I'm very happy to intoduce Robyn Wilson-Owen, and her Etsy shop, ROSE LULLABY DOLLS. Robyn designs and creates one-of-a-kind puppets and other art dolls. While Robyn is fairly new to Etsy and has only 3 delightful pieces in her shop right now, she states in her shop announcement that more will be arriving soon, so be sure to stop back and pay ROSE LULLABY DOLLS a visit. If you heart her shop, then you will be sure to see her new creations as they arrive. Let's learn a bit more about this London based artist.

What led you ato start creating your art/craft?

I'm a trained set and costume designer for theatre. I started making dolls and animating them for shows and then took a couple of courses in puppet making and became totally in love with it. I just love creating individula characters.

How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?

I work with paper and masking tape because its a really quick and clean way of paper modelling, I then cover that with papier mache for strength and gesso for painting or coloured tissue paper. Using paper and tape was a breakthrough for me as it makes my process a lot quicker. It's also a lot easier to clear away in a hurry when my daughter wakes from her nap!

What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?

I love searching for materials to use and starting to make a character not knowing how they'll turn out.

If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable to describe your art/craft, what type would you choose, and why?

I'd choose one of those comedy shaped carrots - when its grown in loads of directions - everyone's special and quirky, and sometimes a little rude!

If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your "creativity", what would that be and why?

I love theatre, and that's my 'day job'. I enjoy sewing alot.

What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?

I just want people to smile when they see my work.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Just keep making, hone your skills and be aware of what's going on currently in your area of work.

Thanks, Robyn, for sharing your thoughts and delightful characters with everyone. Hope we get to see a lot more of them in the coming weeks.

1 comment:

UniqueNurseGranny said...

Very interesting and well done the work.