The idea for “Roxy’s Rockets” came like a wave of fresh water crashing over a 10 year dry spell of personal creativity. I have been immersed in creativity all my life. My parents are musicians and a lot of their friends and my friends are artists of some kind. For the first 20 years or so I was doing my fair share of creating as well (drawing, writing, guitar playing, crafting, etc.) but when I graduated from college something changed. I couldn’t make anything I was really proud of for the life of me. I participated in other peoples’ creations (acting, prop building, etc.) but I was failing to find ways to express myself. With the birth of my first son in 2012 I felt completely tapped out. I had literally used the last ounces of creativity I possessed to create a human being inside me.
Fast forward 2 years to June 2014.
Combine the discovery of an inspiring artist, being constantly bombarded by the fanciful imagery of childhood, needing some kind of stress release, and flat out sitting down and thinking HARD about what I could do to be creative without having to learn any new skills and using readily available materials and “Roxy’s Rockets" was born. I use left over cardboard packaging from products we use daily and accept donated packaging from friends and co-workers. Right now I am sticking to retro rockets, robots, and ray guns mostly because I am a sucker for alliteration, but also because it gives me a focus. I try to make a few new pieces every week, but no pressure. It’s important this remains a way to relieve daily stress, not increase it. I’ve sold a few which is awesome, but is certainly not the main objective. I may open an Etsy store someday, but for now it remains a much needed, extremely satisfying hobby.
Thank you blastoffbabyboy for sharing your unique and whimsical creations with us!