I have been creating for most of my life, from a small child’s handmade greeting card for family and friends, to unique handmade journals, beaded jewelry, stamped paper origami boxes, stenciled clothing, unique fabric wall hangings, recycled wool purses and woven rugs.
The common thread through my work has always been printmaking. Stamping, stenciling and silk screen printing have been my favorite forms of image making since high school. The inspiration for my prints comes from nature and especially the flowers in my gardens. Hundreds of photos are taken with many enlarged to show just a close up, abstract view of the flower. The beauty of the curves, symmetry and patterns are what I like to capture in my work. From these images I create some drawings, then translate those into hand carved rubber stamps and stencils. Quite often I will also pull right from nature by printing actual leaves. Prints can be made from a small geranium leaf to a large cabbage leaf. My dyed fabrics are my canvas, the rich, bright hues melding and contrasting with the bold prints. Usually a project will start as multiple prints on cloth and then slowly grow to a finished work. There is never a real plan, just a color scheme or a special print and the rest just evolves!
Robin has displayed her work in many New Hampshire sites, including the Tuftonboro Library, Wolfeboro Public Library, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Huggins Hospital, The Met in N. Conway and at numerous shows in central and northern New Hampshire. Most recently a piece of her work was chosen for the New England Monotype Exhibit in Attleboro, Mass.
Robin has been a public school art teacher at the middle level for over 30 years. Coming up with new and motivating projects for her students helps to keep her creativity flowing. She has been a consistent presenter at regional, state and New England area conferences on the topics of art and the arts in education.
ROBIN CORNWELL~Hand printed textiles