Chances are if you have been to a show at Breakneck Gallery you have seen the small, silver robots in the glass case. You know, the super adorable ones?
I recently was able to ask the maker of these fine robots, Lisastarchild, a few questions as she prepared for her upcoming show at Breakneck Gallery this Saturday, September 28th.
The show will feature over one hundred unique and limited edition robots from Sleepy Robot 13 and is highly anticipated.
Lisa was initially taken by surprise at the success of the success of her robots, but she now has a loyal following of collectors for her quirky, little robots. She even had a wholesale order placed by Borders bookstore for 500 of her zombie figurines. She unfortunately had to decline because she didn’t have enough hands to help her make them all by the deadline. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise because Borders went out of business shortly after.
B: Tell me about yourself.
L: Eh, there’s not much to tell about me. I started sculpting when I was about 8 or 9 years old. My mom did ceramics and tried to get me interested in that. I was impatient and didn’t care for the excess time it took for a finished piece. I started fooling around with my mom’s stash of polymer clays, making little monsters and mini food replicas. When I saw the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas I was hooked to clay and sculpting. I didn’t go to college or art school after high school. Nothing really appealed to me at that time, plus I didn’t get enough units of art in high school to apply to the schools I wanted to. I took a break from sculpting when I was 18 so I could face the real world. I took on 2 full time jobs. It wasn’t until I was 23 that I picked it back up after losing my job and needing to make a little income to keep my bills paid while I was on the employment hunt. I opened my first Etsy shop and started selling handmade kitsch jewelry.
I started sculpting little monster figures again and listing them in the shop. They were a slow sell. After a three day crafting binge I was down to only a pack of silver clay left. Half asleep, I decided to sculpt a little robot nodding off. This robot would eventually become my logo and the namesake of my business.
B: Why Breakneck?
L: Breakneck is unique and casual enough to invite a wide variety of art lovers and make everyone feel comfortable. Plus, Kristen and Sean are amazing to work with. Both being artists themselves, they just get it.
Lisa lives in Lakewood with her English bulldog, Remy LeBeau. For more information on Lisa and Sleepy Robot 13, check out the following links:
B: What art supply can you not live without?
L: Polymer Clay –Sculpey, occasionally Fimo.
B: What artist, alive or dead, would you collaborate with if you could? Why?
L: Definitely Frank Kozik. His work is amazing. Everything from his poster work to his vinyl toys are unique and they appeal to a wide variety of people. The man himself also just seems like he would be a great guy to sit down and have a conversation with.