May 20, 2015 - Wearing The Hurts

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‘Robin Small wandered wide in avoidance of all things hard to touch.’

Artist, Shaun Tan said about drawing:  “While there is no set meaning in any of these drawings, there is an invitation to seek one (for myself as much as any other audience).  A scene or a character seems to look back from the page and ask, ‘What do you make of this?’  Each sketch suggests its own ‘untold story’.”   Here’s some recent personally relevant meaning that emerged around this particular  guy….

The initial thread of Robin’s story ‘avoidance of all things hard to touch’, seems to elude to his trouble with intimacy.  Robin’s arrows are perhaps symbolic of his painful experience of relationships and of interacting with others?  Each arrow representing each jab of pain he has felt so deeply—a backpack of hurts.  His heavy cloak and oversize ‘buttoning up’ an armor against further and future hurt.  But I don’t think Robin has shut down or closed off.

The fact that he carries no bow with which to fire or fight back or defend himself is hopeful.  His delicate nature and presence seems to suggest his openness to attempt to re-engage in ‘things hard to touch’.  Allow himself to trust and to feel and to experience intimacy once more.

Robin’s softness seems to suggest that re-engaging in relationships and life, (and with his feelings), does not require him to be tougher and stronger – but to be more comfortable in his vulnerability.  More accepting of a full range of feelings and emotional experiences.  Wearing his backpack of pain more openly, more unashamedly, with those he can trust – or those worth taking the risk to connect with.

Original arrival here.  And book and card collection here.  View all Robin Smalls here.

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October 21, 2014 - Introducing Robin Small

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Introducing Robin Small . ( Handmade book or card collection)

His future lay unbound….Although inspired by the Super Hero of ancient times, Robin Hood, Robin Small is not the crusading sort, he’s more of an outsider who is simply heroic in his own time. He is apprehensive in nature and within the modern world, yet stands firmly in his vulnerability. He is wise and brave in his own life and journey – and the steps he takes towards a future of his own making. Search Robin Small to view the entire series in the BLOG.  Find in ‘Tales of Robin Small’ book and card collection in Shop.

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October 20, 2014 - Robin Small Not So Handy

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Robin Small was unbearably awkward in pubic and so began the battle of – what to do with hands .

Footnote:  This Robin was the first to arrive on my page.  He emerged from a time of great apprehension and hesitation around the prospect of creating change;  the necessity I felt to move into a different space;  the fear I had of failure and unknown spaces – and the overwhelming largeness of the world around me.   It was nice to have Robin’s gentle company in such a time.  He helped me sit still and work things out.

July 25, 2013 - Robin Small Answers

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Robin Small struggled to find what seemed so forever elusive – the answer .

Personal footnote:  I think this Robin holds the flag for the sense of wonder and mystery that was more afforded in years gone by than in our world today.  How great to be able to openly embrace the unknown rather than struggle with it – as Robin seems to be doing here.  Meet the previous Robins in the series here.

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July 3, 2013 - Robin Small Wells

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As choices lay before him, Robin whirled in the – “Well, well, well.”

Personal footnote:  I get the sense from this Robin of great uncertainty – and a lurking fear around being caught.  He feels moved to try, to make an attempt to move but it feels like there’s a big finger waiting to be wagged in disapproval – to point out he is wrong. I think he’ll need to make many trips to the edge of this fear until he feels confident enough to take the plunge.

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May 3, 2013 - Robin Small Rocks

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Robin small felt the turmoil on indecision in the balls of his feet as he rocked to – Will I?  Won’t I?

Personal footnote:  Sometimes there are no answers – it’s just a matter of trust.  Sitting it out for a while – or taking a leap?    The Crossing post is another on the back and forth thing.  And The Journey … sometimes we can get in our own way…

Find him in ‘Tales of Robin Small’ book and postcard collection in the Shop.