Attention, Halloween and horror junkies! Allow me to introduce you to Robyn Moore – an incredible artist who creates spooky collectibles for your favorite holiday all year round. Several years ago, I discovered Robyn’s art online and purchased a doll from her shop. Since then, I have become somewhat addicted to her work, having amassed a large collection of her soft dolls and other pieces. I have watched her skill and ingenuity develop over the years and have been astounded by the progress of her expertise and imagination.
As her studio name “Forever Fall” suggests, Robyn is a Halloween enthusiast who has been captivated by the mischief and mayhem of her favorite time of year since childhood. Robyn lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and four cats. She works mainly in soft sculpture, but experiments with plenty of other mediums as well. She says, “You never know where you may have a hidden talent, so it is important to try everything!” Robyn’s body of work includes doll making, needle felting, clay sculpture, illustration, and jewelry-making.
A completely self-taught artist, Robyn’s interest in art was encouraged early on by her father who is a brilliant artist himself. “He taught me how to draw Dracula when I was seven,” Robyn recalls, “so I drew Dracula all the time. Aside from that, everything I have learned has been through trial and error.” Sometimes when she’s unable to sleep at night, Robyn will lay awake thinking about the construction of a particular piece she is working on, trying to figure out a strategy for its assembly in her mind. She says, “It has taken me years to become the artist that I am today. Everything is practice for something greater. Everything.”
Robyn draws her inspiration from a wealth of various sources. Of course, there is her beloved holiday, Halloween, with its long-established iconography and folklore. But she is also deeply inspired by fellow artists and is an avid art collector herself. Her studio is full of works by her favorite artists. “Sometimes, I just sit there and stare at the pieces in awe, letting my mind do summersaults. I love that there are such brilliant people in this world and that more are born every day!” she says. When asked about her favorite piece she has created, Robyn says it’s impossible to pick just one. She made the decision years ago to only produce the objects that she would personally love. She is often approached about doing commissions, but rarely takes them on. “It has to be something that I can connect with; otherwise, the magic won’t be there,” she explains. Robyn treasures every interaction she has with a fan or a collector of her work. She particularly loves to see photos of the dolls in the homes of her patrons and considers it an honor to see her work lovingly displayed in a special place or arrangement.
Robyn’s work was relatively unknown until a few years ago when Horrific Finds, a website dedicated to devotees of everything horror-related, featured a photo of one of her dolls. Robyn says the exposure was completely unexpected and life-changing. She went from having barely 100 fans on her Facebook page to almost two thousand practically overnight, with hundreds of personal messages to answer from eager supporters. “It was exciting and scary and wonderful all at the same time,” she remembers.
Robyn usually has multiple projects in the works simultaneously. She is currently juggling the crafting of a “Coraline” doll, a couple of new Ouija dolls and some Halloween themed bags, a new venture she’s exploring. The best place to keep up with Robyn’s work is on her Facebook page Forever Fall where she shares photos of her current works in progress as well as sneak peeks of upcoming pieces that are soon to be available in her shop. Her work can be purchased online at www.foreverfall.storenvy.com. I, along with a hoard of other connoisseurs of creepy collectibles, look forward to seeing the future works that will be conjured by this talented artist.