arts & crafts

Diego Robot Designs

I am a big fan of kid art. I wish often that we adults were free enough to produce that non self conscious art that kids do.

My 14 year old son has been into robots and trains since he was about 2 years old (Thank you, Thomas the Tank Engine). He also likes to draw. He is a fan of a great many things. I can almost chronicle his interests by his art designs.

My personal favorite is probably Bowie Bot. He has it up on tee public:


For Christmas he did these on t-shirts and bags and as xmas cards for me to send (silkscreen)

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Of course there’s batman robot in pink and yellow. I like the pink. He made tote bags out of it.


He’s done many. Andy Warhol Robot (with repeated multicolored silkscreening and monochromatic. Most people think it’s Where’s Waldo.).


Three different Doctor Whos.

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Some of my other favorites of his fan art roboting haven’t been made into t-shirts or tote bags yet. ANd I keep hinting: DUDE GREAT PRESENT FOR YOUR MOM. I give you TOTORO ROBOT:


And for awhile there. Diego and I were hitting the silent film thing pretty hard and then into Weimar (because I’m THAT kind of mom).

Which is how we got to Peter Lorre Robot (in M):


My absolute favorite though? Buster Keaton. SOmething in his rendition looks like Keaton walking down the street about to slip on a banana peel.


He’s always looking for suggestions. Is looking forward into what to do next and how to do it. So proud of the lad. This has become his part time job. There are no lawns in the mountains to cut. Instead he sells totebags (now that California has banned plastic bags) and tee shirts and sometimes makes signs for local businesses.I admire his ingenuity. He bought an iPad a year  ago through saving his cash. He’s made four short films since then (working on a fifth over the break). He’s hoping to next get a go pro (of course) and various accoutrements.  Sometimes I feel like a bad mom for not being able to contribute more to him (I do buy his paints and bags for him). But I really do think as much as kids can buy their own stuff the better.

So …any suggestions for subjects that need to be robotified? There’s a few items left pre-xmas. A couple of Santa shirts and a batman bag. He’s working on a duo-colored reprint of Keaton (yay!).

He even did me…

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Christmas with Tween & Teen

I am missing Christmas.

The ones where they believed. The ones where they wrote letters to Santa and put out carrots for reindeer and wanted nothing but oodles of lego and craft kits and an American Girl doll.

I would actually buy an American Girl doll right now, expensive as it is, if it would wipe my daughters very tween wish list away.

This is our year of adjustment. The year when they do not believe in Santa but still put stockings out regardless. The year when they ask for cool clothes and cosmetics and music. The year when my son wants a cosplay onesie–so he and his girlfriend can be twins.

I’m having a hard time holding on to tree lighting traditions and sitting on Santa’s lap, and all the other benign merriment of Americana Christmas. They of the eye-rolling stage do not want to participate in much.

Have I lost something?

I count what I have left. They still like my baking. Still like my dinners. Hooray for small things.

They sweetly ask what I want for Christmas. I tell them I want them to clean their rooms and declutter the house.  No Really, Mom. What do you want for Christmas?

I try to think of something that would work for me. A bottle of scotch? A ticket to Hamilton? A potential administration not trying to actively bring about environmental apocalypse? My book finished?

Shit. I’m as impossible as they are.