I'm Esther Verschoor a 43 year old woman, married to Rene and mother of two grown up children Sven and Sanne.
I'm a former therapist in crisis intervention mentally disabled but since almost 3 years an artist who works in the Taxidermy art/figurative art field with a side interest for automata and robotics.
How did your interest in robots /
Pretty soon after I started to make art dolls I discovered some beautiful automata and wanted to incorporate that in my art dolls.
I made 4 simple automata art dolls in these three years but still thought it was pretty complicated to make the necessary parts for them myself.
So I started looking on internet if I could buy the parts (in metal) somewhere and that's when I discovered Makershed.com.
I ordered a robot kit (the crab from Mechamo) and had so much fun building that one (the doll that is suppose to be the upper body from the crab is still a work in progress). So as you understand I'm a complete beginner but eager to learn. Due to my lack of technical skills I need to use kits or the help of my husband who is way to busy at the moment.
What kind of actions needs to be done in the community to increase the interest and the awareness of robots / robotics?
I think you (Vive Les Robots!) already are doing a good job when a site as Boing Boing spend topics on robotics, robots and automata.
I see more and more artists use robotics in their art.
Of course the fact that the needed components are getting smaller and cheaper, like the Arduino, makes it much easier to use them in art pieces.
I would say just go on being active on the social media sites so people learn about all the great possibilities there are with robotics.
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