Polly Robbins

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My interests have lead to a wide range of projects in stop-motion animation, the performing arts, and landscape design. Consequently, I've been inspired by the many forms environments can take beyond traditional architecture and interiors. I enjoy the new challenges that every project brings, as well as creative problem solving and using existing materials in new ways. Please browse my portfolio to see the range of my work. (Note: When browsing the portfolio, be sure to scroll down on your browser to see descriptions of selected works.)

My knowledge of creating scenery for stop-motion animation has grown alongside the industry over the years. Experience includes designing, fabricating and painting sets for television and film. Most recently, I have been senior fabricator on The Shivering Truth, which is expected to air on Adult Swim later in 2018. I spent 3 years with Laika as part of the team of set designers for the Oscar nominated films BoxTrolls and ParaNorman. Before that, I enjoyed working at Will Vinton Studios on “The PJs” and “Gary and Mike”. A handful of commercial projects are sprinkled along the way.

Classically trained in theatre production, I've worked with the Portland Opera Association, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Artist's Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Oregon Children's Theatre, Northwest Children's Theatre, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Utah Shakespearean Festival, The Guthrie, and the Santa Fe Opera among others, where I have been a set designer, a scenic artist, a props master and a carpenter. I am a member of IATSE local 488, the television and film production chapter IATSE serving the Northwest.

I've counterbalanced my design in animation and the performing arts by designing landscapes. After much time in the darkness of theaters and studios, it's nice to get outdoors and design with nature in mind. Favorite projects include a back yard Japanese garden complete with a "river of stone" and tea house, and my own backyard with a guest house and outdoor shower.

I have a fascination with traditional cartography and old advertisements ("ghost signs") one sees occasionally on building facades. I am a huge outdoors enthusiast, hence my move to Oregon from the flatlands of the midwest.


DESIGN SKILLS:Set designLandscape designARTISAN SKILLS:Drawing/renderingScene painting/muralsSculptureSet and props fabricationUpholstery/soft goodsLEADERSHIP SKILLS:Project managementResearch and development