Saturday, April 10, 2010

Amy Flynn's Fobots

In the latest issue of Flea Market Style, I discovered the amazing work of Amy Flynn. Based out of Raleigh, North Carolina, she makes Fobots; the combination of Found - Object - Robot.

Using forgotten objects that you would find deep in the junk drawer or Dad's old tool box, she brings Fobots to life with their funky hats and quirky expressions.

Amy mainly sells her creations through various art festivals around the United States. Anthropologie (my dream store!) also carry's her unique and one-of-a-kind Fobots online (as well, they were featured in the November catalog).

Amy's eclectic work of Fobots have even had their moment of fame when they were used in an episode of Ugly Betty. How cool is that?!

Amy also does custom orders so I am thrilled that she has accepted to make me my very own Fobot with select pieces from my junk collection. The inspiration comes from an old Watkins Black Pepper can from my childhood. My dad loved his black pepper so this is a keepsake in memory of him.

Stay tuned for a sneak peak into the goodies that are going to make my fobot, Mr. Pepper.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Beauty Rings True

For those of you who cannot get your hands on an actual Stephen magazine, you can read the entire article here. Thanks to Anna of the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts for giving me permission to post it to my blog. Read on and enjoy!

STEPHEN:  How did you come up with the idea of ring-holders? 

Paige Smith:  I had taken a sabbatical from my full-time “real” job with an intention just to play. I got onto the idea of making jewellery holders. I started with bigger ones shaped like figures, then I simplified them to the base and saucer. 

S:  What role does style play in your life? 

PS:  Style to me is beauty. I just want to be surrounded by beautiful things. I want to be in love with the things in my life, like a person in love with a necklace they wear. It makes them feel good — and that to me, is style. 

S:  What is your personal style? 

PS:  Eclectic. Only because I’m a designer — and I love too much. I can love everything from classical to hip and modern. I don’t define myself by one style and I don’t think I ever could.

One constant for me is… vintage. Growing up, my parents were collectors in their own way —nothing was ever new, everything was old and I hated it (laughs). But now, that’s my roots, where I come from and that’s where I feel most at home. I live in a modern condo, but I have random collections of journals, writings, letters, antique buttons, etc. I’m all about mixing the old with the new. 

S:  Do you think style is important to arts and culture in Calgary? How do you find your style plays into your experience of arts and culture? 

PS:  I find that sometimes, in your own city, you can get stuck in your own little bubble and then when you go somewhere new, you’re so excited — everything is so cool and new!

But we forget that there are so many cool things going on right here in our city. It takes being open to things you might not normally be open to. It gives you more — being open to the power of “yes”. It’s so important. Say yes to it all. 

S:  Do you have a style icon? 

PS:  I can’t narrow it down to just one…though a while ago there was an Oprah show on “women who make beautiful things,” and I thought — I want to be a woman who makes beautiful things! I started collecting papers and photos of beautiful things in binders, so it’s impossible to narrow it down to just one person, or one medium.

It’s all about the creative process for me. [It’s about] how that person infuses the creative process into their life. It’s not a separate thing for me. There’s a real art to that. 

My style inspiration is beauty but I also find beauty in things that people would probably not find beautiful. I went to art school and went through dark and angst-filled days, so maybe that’s where that comes from. (laughs)