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 animation experience comes from work at Laika, Will Vinton Studios, and Bent Image Lab where I have designed, painted and fabricated sets for television and film. I began designing sets for stop-motion in 1998, as the conceptual set designer for “The PJ’s” at Will Vinton Studios. Over these many years, my knowledge of creating scenery for stop-motion animation has grown alongside the industry. I have been with Laika for 3 years as part of the team of set designers for the Oscar nominated films BoxTrolls and ParaNorman.

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 Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

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 of mine include a back yard Japanese garden complete with a "river of stone" and tea house, and a backyard with a guest house and outdoor shower.

I have a fascination with traditional cartography and the old mural advertisements one sees occasionally on building facades. I would like to figure out how to one day include these areas in my career. Finally, I am a huge outdoors enthusiast, hence my move to Oregon from the flatlands of the midwest.


DESIGN SKILLS: Set design Landscape design ARTISAN SKILLS: Drawing/rendering Scene painting/murals Sculpture Set and props fabrication Upholstery/soft goods LEADERSHIP SKILLS: Project management Research and development