COVID

I’ve got the Coronavirus but it hasn’t made me so ill that I can’t still make robots. Here’s my first Covidbot. He looks ok, I hope he’s still got a sense of smell.

Giant Robot Statue Replaced With T-Rex

According to the BBC, Melih Gökçek, mayor of Ankara, has been sued by Turkey’s Chamber of Architects and Engineers for wasting taxpayers’ money on a giant robot statue. And in response Mr. Gökçek replaced the 6m tall robot with a life-size model of a T-rex, which was presumably less of a waste of money. But why did it have to be one or the other? I love giant robots and I also love life-size dinosaur models. Wouldn’t it have been better to leave the robot where he was and just add the dinosaur to the scene? Robots and dinosaurs are a great combination.

Skye Bridge Studios

I am having an exhibition in the Skye Bridge Studios in Kyle of Loch Alsh. This will be my first exhibition outwith Orkney. I have just paid the studios a visit to see the gallery and meet with Sara Jonathan and Kat. It’s a fantastic space and doubles as a theatre foyer so lots of folk will see my robots even if they hadn’t specifically planned to. The show will run for the whole of August so I would hope to get plenty of tourists as well as Kyle locals to see my work. It will be quite a logistical challenge getting all the robots down there in my little van but there’s still plenty of time for me to work it all out. Very exciting!

Paco Rabanne

Happy Christmas robo-fans. I hope Santa was good to you this year. My wife Renate gave me a lovely bottle of robot-flavoured eau de toilette pour homme. So if you are wondering what I smell of now it’s the essence of self-confidence, fuelled by feel-good energies. A futuristic aromatic fragrance born from the clash between luxury craftmanship and new-tech. Thank you very much darling!

Happy Christmas Ronald

I love to get updates from my customers regarding how their new robomofo is settling in. So I was delighted to receive this photo from Richard who has named his robot Ronald (after South Ronaldsay). Happy Christmas Ronald, I hope santa is good to you.

Pier Arts Centre

I’ve just been to check out the Pier Arts Centre Christmas open exhibition in Stromness where two of my robots are on display. It’s a great show this year with an incredible diversity of top quality work showing just how much talent and creativity there is on these islands.

The Loft Gallery

I am delighted to have been invited to contribute to this year’s Christmas exhibition at the Loft Gallery in St Margaret’s Hope. The show looks great and has a good mix of work by local artists. I’m top of the bill because Aaron the Aardvark is not exhibiting this year. Why not pop along?

Book Binder’s Assistant

My customers don’t usually expect their robot to be useful and I certainly don’t make that claim of them other than that they’re all phenomenally good listeners. So when, every now and then. one of my robots does find gainful employment it’s always a proud moment.

Jan, a book binder from Northumberland has recently employed this one as her assistant. I’m getting quite emotional.

“It’s a full time job, it’s extremely time consuming, and it’s not as easy as it may appear to some people.”

Mouse Houses

The other day I bumped into fellow Orkney craftsperson Fiona Firth. She removes the mechanisms from broken mantle clocks and turns the cases into lovely mouse houses. I use broken clock mechanisms in my robots so I was delighted when she kindly donated me a box full. To see more of Fiona’s creations check out her website — Fionafirth.co.uk