Artist TALK by Freddie Robins

Artist’s talk: Freddie Robins, Stepping Stones Studios, Maidstone, February 2013

Freddie Robins (b. 1965) is an artist who challenges our perception of knitting as craft. Her practice crosses the boundaries of art, design and craft. She was born in Hertfordshire and lives and works in Essex and London. She studied textiles at Middlesex Polytechnic (1984-87) and Royal College of Art (1987-89) where she is now a Senior Tutor.

She predominantly produces work for public exhibition, most recently “Transformations”, Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds, “Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2011”, Korea. “A new Hook. Re- thinking needlework”, Museum Bellerive, Zurich, and “Art & Fashion. Between Skin and Clothing”, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany. This year she will be exhibiting in the Project Space at the Crafts Council’s COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London.

In 2005 she co-curated “Knit 2 Together – Concepts in Knitting” for the Crafts Council. She also instigated and co-curated “Ceremony”, an exhibition, workshops and series of public events that explored the role of craft in the paraphernalia and rituals associated with the rites of passage, at the Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park, London. In 2010 she was a selector for the Jerwood Contemporary Makers alongside Hans Stofer and Richard Slee.

Her work is held in private and public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Nottingham Castle Museum, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum and The West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Bergen.