About artsyletters

Robyn Hood Black is a children's author, poet, and artist. She's happiest with ink underneath her fingernails.

Holiday Puproar!

Woof! Happy December! My hands are a little extra-full this year with a five-month-old Keeshond puppy. But I’m still making and sending Etsy orders…. please place Christmas orders by December 14 if possible to accommodate USPS projected schedules.
(I’ll do my best, but delivery times are beyond my control.)
***WISHING YOU AND YOURS A VERY MERRY HOLIDAY SEASON!***

A World of Thanks – to You!

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Happy November!

Many thanks to all who have supported artsyletters over the years! Looking forward to another busy holiday season. I’ll be posting new items in these next few weeks; perhaps they’ll be bound for stockings or family gatherings. I’m beyond grateful to be able to create for a living. Wishing you and yours a lovely November!

Getting There… a few peeks around the new studio


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Greetings! I’ve been out of touch but busy, what with moving across the state and all. My new studio is slowly coming together, and I do love it. I will share a proper tour and pictures soon. In the meantime, here are a couple of clean-slate/new space/before-I-moved-in pics, and several pics of some fast-filling nooks, crannies, and curiosities. Enjoy!

What am I NOT showing you? Um, the remaining boxes and all the little pieces-parts that I’m still walking around and organizing. It seems I’ve accumulated quite the collection of vintage and art supply ‘treasures’ in the past ten years…. (Insert shoulder shrug emoji here.)  

More soon! :0)


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Thanks for popping in!

Happy 2023 – and, Moving Boxes! (And New Studio-to-Be)


Greetings, artsy friends! We’re in the midst of a rather convoluted move from our home in Beaufort, SC, to the Upstate. We’re in an apartment for a couple of months as we’ve just put our house on the market at the coast, and renovations are underway at our new home in the hills (including my new studio in the basement!). I was hoping to re-open my Etsy shop after the holidays in this in-between-time before getting settled in March, but the stacks of boxes are advising against it – I have SO. MANY. BOXES. (and tubs, and bags, etc.) I’m afraid I might not be able to properly fill orders or make items with everything packed away. You’d be surprised how the success of an entire order can hinge on one particular jump ring, or old charm I’m almost out of, or a specific clipping of ribbon! I look forward to being up and running again in a few weeks, and I thank you for your patience. Below is my new studio space at the beginning of construction; I look forward to sharing pictures when it’s finished!
Robyn standing in front of new studio space under construction.

Here’s to Vowels!


From a 19th-Century copy of CROWN JEWELS (or Gems of Literature, Art, and Music …) compiled by Henry Davenport Northrop and published by Pennsylvania Publishing Company in 1887, I plucked this wee riddle poem by Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), then gave it the artsyletters mini collage treatment.
 
On the Vowels
 
by Jonathan Swift
 
  We are little airy creatures,
  All of different voice and features:
One of us in glass is set,
  One of us you’ll find in jet;
  T’other you may see in tin,
  And the fourth a box within;
  If the fifth you should pursue,
  It can never fly from you.
 
I thought those “little airy creatures” would pair well with some old lace! Though the blocky midcentury brass letters are anything but airy, I suppose – so here’s to a little contrast! You can find this 4X6 mini shadowbox collage here.