Portland-based maker Haley Ann Robinson is perfecting one of 21st century design’s most significant components: The side hustle.
The central inspiration for the Geobils was to start a personal creative challenge for Haley Ann Robinson. She wanted to branch out and try working with totally unfamiliar materials.
Through her side projects, Robinson can explore three dimensional projects that require her to "get messier" than her daytime work as a graphic designer. "I love creating with my hands," she says, "and being a graphic designer I sometimes get lost in computer land."
Robinson has only ever dabbled in jewelry-making (though "not for a while and not for long when it lasted"), though she likes the idea of her Geobils being thought of as "wall jewelry."
After splitting her time between Los Angeles and Portland—and repeatedly returning to the Northwest for inspiration—Robinson has finally set down roots in the city that fuels her many projects.
Evidence of Robinson's popular wooden rocks are echoed in the simple wooden and ceramic beads that hang on many of the Geobils.
The graphic designer-by-day’s already gained Internet traction and the attention of Seattle’s design mecca Totokaelo Art—Object with her hand-painted wooden “rocks”. Now Robinson’s turning her gaze—and free time—to a line of geometric mobiles she calls Geobils. The jewelry-like wall hangings adeptly meld the worlds of mid-century wall art with tactile, organic materials—and body jewelry (in a good way). The five-piece collection, a mixture of brass tubing, jewelry chains, and wooden and ceramic beads, is at once clean and contemporary, warm and nostalgic. Plus, it’s a fantastic decorating alternative to the typical vintage wall art options.