Hello and welcome to my page, I am a Metal/Wood Artist
Biography Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk Lynne spent most of her childhood drawing dinosaurs and purple bunnies and during kindergarten she was admired by her peers for her unusual finger-painting skills. In the 7th grade she won her first prize for artistic achievement—a basketball. Lynne's first professional job as an artist was in the early 1970s illustrating an Ichthyology textbook for which she was paid $1.75/hour. Since that time Lynne has created a cartoon strip for cows, A Science Fiction Colouring Book and The Really Silly Cartoon Book, was staff artist for a major outboard motor company, served as art director for three national magazines, art director for a printing company, and was co-founder of Northwest Fine Art Press which specialized in producing prints for artists. (She is most proud of repairing the printing press with a bobby pin). During the 1980s she began illustrating and cartooning professionally and continues both pursuits to the present day. Lynne's current passion is creating one-of-a-kind robot sculptures from upcycled metal objects. Her sculptures have been described as 3D cartoons, and she likes that comparison. Lynne is a two-time recipient of the Canadian Prix Aurora Award for Artistic Achievement.
Fahnestalk, Lynne Taylor
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Samples of my work
Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk Artist Statement I have been a professional illustrator and cartoonist for over 40 years but in 2012 I started making robot sculptures from upcycled metal objects. This came about because I wanted to make a science fiction Christmas wreath and needed robots to complete the project. The Bots were so much fun to make that I never did finish the wreath and my artwork took an entirely new direction. I had never worked in metal or three-dimensional art so this was a monumental change. Some have called my Bots 3-D cartoons and I like that comparison. The Bots are a wonderful obsession. In the beginning I sketched my ideas but now I tend to grab an object first and start adding parts from there. Sometimes a Bot will sit for weeks or months before I find the right parts to finish it, others are done in a matter of days. I try to create a definite, individual character for each Bot and as the construction continues the personality starts to solidify. I hope that my cartooning background adds a certain amount of humour and/or edginess to them. There is great freedom working with metal in this way – if the sculpture does not feel right I can easily take it apart and start over or recycle it. Also, discovering how to take things apart to use the various bits has also taught me how to build. Each Bot is one-of-a-kind and is securely constructed using screws and nuts and washers (I never solder or weld). The metal in my finished sculptures is exactly as I found it, I do not paint, polish or form the metal in any way. I especially enjoy the ‘treasure hunt’ search for parts -- garage sales and flea markets are my friends. There is great delight in happening upon a piece that sparks an entirely new sculpture. Plus, people often give me metal items. I think that they like to participate in, or help with, the creative process in this way and that’s a nice feeling. The question I am asked most often about the Bots is, “Do they move?” And my answer is, “Not when I’ve been looking.” --Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk