November 12, 2010

Must Have: Sleepy Robot

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We were so impressed with Lisastarchild's Sleepy Robot collection that we decided not only to feature her in our Holiday Gift Guide but to delve into her artistic psyche as well. She was kind enough to grant us an interview.

What inspired you to become an artist?

In the beginning it was always my mom. when I was growing up she was alway making various crafts, but she was really into ceramics. In later years the work of artists/toy makers Buff Monster and Luke Chueh really influenced my art.

How long have you been doing this?

I started sculpting when I was 8 or 9 and dropped it for a while when the real world started to take over, but picked it back up in late 2009.

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How did you come up with the name?

The first robot I ever made was a little bot nodding off to sleep. I liked him so much I named my shop/brand after him.

Which is your favorite?

That's tough because each one of my figures holds a special place in my heart, but if I had to choose... I used to sell a little robot drinking a beer that looked a little tipsy. I laughed every time I looked at it.

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Where do your ideas come from?

Just random things that come to me when I'm sitting around doing nothing or sculpting. I have an entire notebook dedicated to ideas for robots and figurines I haven't created yet. My mind never stops churning.

Do you attend art fairs?

Yes. I attend fairs around North East Ohio mostly. I'm hoping to travel a little more once my finances allow it.

What kind of material are the bots made of?

Polymer Clay. I use mostly Sculpey.

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What was the inspiration for your Zombie Toast?

A friend of mine has toast every morning for breakfast. Wanting to try something different one day, she put a piece of dark rye bread in her toaster. When it came out, the first thing that came to mind is that it looked like zombified toast. After that, whenever she made toast I'd ask her if she was making "Zombie Toast." A few weeks later I made my first zombie toast figure and gave it to her as a birthday gift. He still sits in her kitchen to this day.

Do you do special orders?

Yes I do. I make custom jewelry starting at $8 and custom figurines starting at $15+ depending upon details.

How about if someone wanted to personalize one?

All someone would have to do is contact me before purchasing an item via Etsy convo and let me know then additions they would like. I would update the listing accordingly for the custom. Personalizations are usually only $1-$2 more depending upon what a customer would like.

If someone orders one now could they get it in time for the holidays?

Yes. The cut off date for placing orders for guaranteed holiday delivery will be December 8th for Domestic and December 1st for international shipments. You can still place orders after these dates, but I cannot guarantee that the order will reach its destination by the holiday.

I would like customers to be aware that I will be out of town November 18th-December 1st. During this time there will be a delay in shipping. All orders received by 6pm EST, November 15th will be shipped before I leave. All orders placed after Nov. 15th will be filled and shipped in the order they were received as soon as I return.

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You previously told me that you are an animal lover. I saw several, including the one you made in a monkey costume and your Mad Cow. Will there be more Sleepy Robot 13 animals?

Definitely! I have a few in the works now and will try to complete them as time permits.

What are your future plans?

I am currently working on trying to get a small business grant so I can move into an artist space, with a studio that will be open to the public. I am currently operating out of my living room and bedroom...frankly its kinda driving my boyfriend nuts! I also hope to have one of my figures mass produced in vinyl by the end of 2011.

How can your fans get in touch with you?

There are many ways to contact me:
Etsy
Sleepy Robot 13's Facebook Fan Page
MySpace
Twitter
Blog
and via email (lisastarchild(at)yahoo.com)

Thanks, Lisa!

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at November 12, 2010 8:45 PM
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