The Maryland Faerie Festival is pleased to have Goblin Road, the husband and wife team of Robert and Rebecca Turk, as our Featured Guest Artists for 2012. Robert has been an actor, sculptor, designer, salesman, and theatrical stage manager. Rebecca is an accomplished costume designer and shop manager, having designed for the Orlando Shakespeare Festival, NYC Ballet, Ballet Met, and Richmond Ballet among others. She is currently the costume studio manager for the theater department at The Ohio State University.
Drawing on their strong theatrical background, over the years they have collaborated on many artistic endeavors and finally decided to officially create a business together in 2004. After a brief stint creating handcrafted soaps and candles, they turned to handmade fairy clothing and shamanic ritual tools for vending at Faerieworlds in Eugene, Oregon. However, it was the leather wood nymph corset, that they had made as a costume for Rebecca, that got all the attention that year. And so they turned their efforts towards wearable art, creating other elemental corset ensembles as well as leather masks and crowns.
In the winter of 2008, they both independently set out to make a stuffed goblin doll for their daughter’s holiday gift. Once they realized what each other was working on, they combined efforts to develop what would later be called a Nose Goblin. Relatives and friends that saw the goblin doll wanted one of their own, and encouraged them to create more. Taking the advice, more dolls were made and exhibited at a masquerade ball in Oregon and then to Spoutwood Farm’s May Day Faerie Festival. The Nose Goblins were a resounding success! It just seemed to make sense that studio called Goblin Road should be selling Goblins, and so that became their new focus.
In a desire to embrace a goblin persona and add to the magic of the faerie festivals, Robert began exploring the idea of blending street cast style entertainment with artistic vending. And thus in 2011 at the NY Faerie Festival, Gandersnitch the Goblin was born. Now a fully realized character, he serves to peddle their handmade wares, explore new creations, and act as an outlet for poetry, performance, and interactive storytelling.
2012 is indeed the year of the Goblin. For Robert and Rebecca of Goblin Road, this means the exciting exploration of brand new projects, the evolution of mythical ideas, and the chaos of growth and change. Whatever the future may hold, they eagerly await the artistic challenges it will bring as they embody a simple truth for their children: You really can be whatever you want to be, so long as you follow your dreams.