I have been a fan of RobotsAreAwesome since seeing HerArtSheLoves’ small, awesome robots at the inaugural 2012 Orlando Mini Maker Faire. As I walked past the different booths throughout the day, I couldn’t help but smile every time I saw RobotsAreAwesome. Sure, there were Legos and electronic kits, but there were only a few booths with a lot of very adorable, smiling robots. Local Orlando artist Melissa Witkowski (better known as HerArtSheLoves) was sitting behind the table creating new robots. The marquee box in front of her was lit up, warmly stating “Robot Making In Progress”.
Photo Credit: Alicia Riggins
I had loved seeing so many new things that day, so I asked HerArtsSheLoves about her favorite OMMF 2012 moments, and she had quite a few, including: “the parade of R2D2s, the Steampunk costumes, seeing the CyberCraft Robots in person, meeting Ian Cole and his wife, ladies in LED, tables of Legos, a break dancing robot operated by a local high school and the waves of awesome people.” There were waves of awesome people at OMMF last year and I can only imagine what this second year will bring.
With RobotsAreAwesome, HerArtSheLoves has found a way to meld a favorite childhood hobby with nerd sensibility. As an artist with a background in polymer clay sculpting, she has been handcrafting statues with individual personalities since 2009. RobotsAreAwesome are available to purchase on Etsy, and OMMF 2012 marked the first day they were available to the public offline.
What inspires HerArtSheLoves is a “love of geekery, all things cute and touch of shabby chic.” Not only does RobotsAreAwesome offer robot statues, wall art, and unique solutions such as robot business card holders, but one can also have a custom robot made for any occasion such as a wedding or graduation. On making new robots, she states, “I ask myself what manner of robots I would like standing on my desk or shelf or wall? What style of robot haven’t I seen before? What kind of robot do I want to see standing on cake being awesome? It starts with moods, then moves onto color palettes.”
If you are an adult who is a geek-kid at heart, who thinks robots are awesome, this is for you. And of course, listen to the RobotsAreAwesome “3 Robot Laws”-
- 1.0: Each Robot is, Unique, one of a kind.
- 2.0: NOT intended for children, NOT Bendable, it is an art sculpture.
- 3.0: Not intended for those that do not think robots are awesome.
HerArtSheLoves has already started gearing up for year two at the Orlando Mini Maker Faire, where you can meet RobotsAreAwesome in person. What does she expect for the event this October? “That it’s as awesome as last year, that the attendees are fans of geekery and all things maker, open minded, inquisitive and friendly.”
And speaking of geekery, I just had to ask her about something robot related that I have recently been geeking out on: the sci-fi film extravaganza, Pacific Rim. “It’s a live action movie about giant robots fighting giant monsters. This exists. Woohoo!” And for even further robot love in the realm of film, if you ever see a little indie B horror film called Hellbenders, you’ll also see some RobotsAreAwesome grungy bots!
Hope to see all you nerdy robot lovers out on the floor at OMMF in October!