O.K. First of all. WHO OR WHAT IS THIS TIN TIN? Ha ha.
I didn't expect anyone to actually guess "Chandler the Explorer" so anyone who guessed along the lines of "Indiana Jones" will be receiving 25% off "Chandler the Explorer." Please check the end of this post to see if your name is there. If so, after placing your order regularly, email me @ email@example.com with the subject "Guesswork", and I will give you instructions on how to receive your discount refund.) I apologize if you believe my first clue of "journalism" had nothing to do with an "explorer". Nick's opinion was that it doesn't, but my opinion is that journalism does have something to do with an explorer, because when you "explore", you "document" your work with photographs, and photographs are used in articles.
I had a lot of fun with the creative process of this Explorer bot. I've always wanted to incorporate a mini camera, and I've also received a lot of requests from you guys about that. The safari hat took a couple tries to get just right, and of course, I just had to add a mustache! As far as the color goes, I patina most of my bots, which means I use a liquid that creates the darker smudges that cover the clay. This process makes the clay look old and worn. Of course, robots look SO much cooler that way. For "Chandler the Explorer" I decided to use a little extra "patina" to really bring out the "grittiness" of this piece. This Chandler is a tough-outdoorsy kind of dude. We need to all learn from him that sometimes in life you gotta get out there and "get your hands dirty".
|A real life Explorer we ran into on Chandler the Explorer's photo shoot. You should have seen the cliff this guy climbed! I had to place a Chandler the Explorer around his neck for good luck (Not that he needed it)|
In the pictures, Chandler the Explorer is exploring sediment rock and plant life, in my picture I'm exploring the million dollar questions: What do I really want? What really makes me happy? If what used to make you happy isn't a reality anymore, than the question becomes what could make you happy? I used to think that owning my own home and decorating the interior with Pottery Barn would really make me happy. I became so fixated on that future idea, I totally blocked out the enjoyment I should have been experiencing in the present. I realized that in my apartment of monk-simplicity, I have the most comfortable and warm bed to pass out in each night. I realized how incredible it is to kick back in my pajama pants, after a day of making "wild-life loving" robots, with a glass of wine and watching "Arrested Development" while playing footsies with someone I care about. Hell, I'm the most spoiled person I know!
What have you been meaning to "explore" about yourself lately? Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty. Ask yourself honestly and think about it. The answer might surprise you.
*Only 50 "Chandler the Explorer" will be made. He is made out of polymer clay, vintage watch parts, and antique copper. This necklace includes a 26" antique copper chain. He is 2" tall. Cost: $50.00