Sunday, August 29, 2010

Focus on Art

I wandered past Robyn Stewardson's owlie assemblages at the last Abbotsford Makers Market, and had to immediately backtrack to have a better look. Robyn constructs her Kitchen Owls from all manner of discarded metal kitchen bric-a-brac. If you ever invite Robyn over for tea, I'd keep a close watch on your strainers and saucepan lids!
Every owl has it's own name and personality as well as the scratches, scrapes, dents and other marks that serve as signs of the earlier use of the recycled parts.
According to Robyn "as well as being ultra cute, these owls could serve to scare away any unwelcome avian thieves in your fruit trees until you're ready to pick them."
And it's not hard to tell Robyn's other love- photography. She has recorded every owl she has made in a fantastic photo gallery, and is soon to release a range of 2011 calendars with her snappy images.
Robyn says "I have many loves, but the most all-consuming at the moment are these quirky little assemblage sculpture owls. They manage to fulfill a number of needs that I have: a creative urge and something to do for ME (I'm a stay at home mum of two gorgeous girls) as well as providing a new lease on life for numerous metal objects that have outlived their original purpose. I LOVE saving things from landfill!"
Due to their popularity Robyn's parliament of assemblage sculpture owls is fast taking over her time.
Find them for sale on Etsy and Madeit, or at The Very Curious Kitten , In.cube8r and the Rose St. Markets.
For updates and information visit the Focus on Art Facebook page and Robyn's blog.


  1. This is amazing, Liz! It's perfectly accurate as well as being really well written. The one thing I would say is that including the owl names would be good. I'll list them here from top to bottom and left to right for those who are interested: 'Liddle flame' #57, 'Starstruck' #81, 'Potty Patrick' #52, 'No nonsense' #28, 'Flat Freddie' #82. Also, I'm at Abbotsford Convent Makers' Market on the 3rd Sunday every month. Other market dates are kept up to date on my blog: :oD Robyn.

  2. Fantastic! I love her owls!

  3. Divine! I have a blog that features repurposed and recycled arts and crafts, decor and design - if you'd like to have a peek.

  4. I LOVE these so much and am inspired to make something similar myself (not to sell, just to enjoy)! Scouring thrift stores and junk heaps now! Tres cool site you have here, I'm so glad I found it! Blessings, Laurie

  5. Oh really wonderfull!!! I those owls!

    love flo

  6. I absolutely love owls and love this!

  7. I found your owls on pinterest and I absolutely love them all! I have featured this project on my Pinterest Picks post. I would love for you to stop by and grab a feature button. If for any reason you want me to remove your feature please let me know. Thanks for sharing!

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