Tormented Textiles: the trials and tribulations of living a creative life. A panel discussion with Freddie Robins, Donna Wilson and Martina Margetts, 6.00pm Wednesday 19 September 2018

Tormented Textiles: the trials and tribulations of living a creative life. A panel discussion with Freddie Robins, Donna Wilson and Martina Margetts, 6.00pm Wednesday 19 September 2018

Freddie Robins will be joined by contemporary craft expert Martina Margetts and designer Donna Wilson to discuss the trials and tribulations of living a creative life.

They will talk about the role of risk in creativity, what happens when you lose your spark, and what keeps you going, and will consider the intersection of craft and commercialism.

The discussion will last for around 50-60 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A session.

Refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday 19 September 2018
From 6.00pm

Donna Wilson Pop-up Shop
32 Charlotte Road
London EC2A 3PB

The event is free but booking is essential.
Book here

This event is part of Donna Wilson’s 15th year celebration at London Design Festival.

21 August 2018

Resistant Materials, M100, Odense, Denmark, 7 - 30 September 2018

Resistant Materials, M100, Odense, Denmark, 7 - 30 September 2018

M100, Exhibition Centre for Contemporary Art
Søndergade 26
5000 Odense

Opening Friday 7 September 2018
Artists’ talk at 16:00, followed by exhibition opening from 17:00-19:00

M100 opening times:
Thursday 16:00-20:00
Saturday & Sunday 13:00-16:00

Resistant Materials is an exhibition about how to live out of the centre, outside a framework of mutual endeavour and shared values.
The view of landscape from the city is very different from living in it. Being here in Essex there is not all that much romance. Here in this landscape it is mainly by turns muddy or dusty. It is dark. I become overwhelmed by colours. The birds are staggeringly loud. There is never quiet. A strimmer or chainsaw is always struggling to carve a clear space. This land is resistant. It bites and stings, catches at your clothes, and obstructs you at every turn.

All four artists in the exhibition work with stuff, actual physical things produced with skill and craft.
I very much like physical material because it is uncompromisingly visual. I am naturally distrustful of text and words, of theory. I like action.

Curated by Ben Coode-Adams/Blackwater Polytechnic
The exhibiting artists are Ben Coode-Adams, Fiona Curran, Justin Knopp and Freddie Robins


17 August 2018

Cent Magazine, Play SS18, By a Thread

Guest edited by Paris Essex, the latest issue of Cent digital magazine features an interview with Freddie Robins alongside American artist, Sam Barsky.

“We have admired Sam Barsky from afar for a long while and Freddie has been a great friend of ours since college days. Both use knitting as an art-form and we can see connections between them but come from very different backgrounds, hear from them both below.” Paris Essex


12 April 2018

Unpicking the Narrative: Difficult Women, Difficult Work

Freddie Robins, Lucy Day and Eliza Gluckman
Published in Textile: The Journal of Cloth & Culture
Taylor & Francis Online 23 March 2018

Freddie Robins discusses her practice with curators Day+Gluckman in the context of textiles, feminism, heritage, and art practice. Using examples of her work and exhibition profile, they will consider how her career and practice has developed as an artist working with textiles and whether she consciously considers it to have a feminist voice; whether gender still has a pivotal role in how textiles are read and how Freddie’s work continues to contribute to that debate. Linking to recent Day+Gluckman exhibitions that have included Freddie— Concerning Matter in 2009, Fifties, Fashion and Emerging Feminism in 2011, and more recently, Liberties: Reflecting on 40 Years Since the Sex Discrimination Act—the conversation will look at how textiles have been curated into exhibitions, for example, FABRIC (2014) and Entangled (2017), examining curatorial hierarchies and whether there is a perceived or actual fear in displaying objects that do not hold their shape. They will also discuss the propensity of echo chambers in the art world? and beyond—are we only talking to each other?! How do artists and curators identify their audiences and is there a gendered snobbery about the “right type” of audience?

Keywords: textiles, art, knitting, gender, feminism, hierarchy, value, tribes

Download the eprint here

27 March 2018

The Girl's on Film

Three films about the work of Freddie Robins

Freddie Robins talks about her work in the exhibition, StrangeLands, curated by Rosalind Davis for Collyer Bristow Gallery, London (2 minutes).
August 2017

Painter, Graham Crowley, talks about Freddie Robins’ work Bad Mother in his exhibition, A Table of Elements, at Greystone Industries, Suffolk (29 minutes).
Graham talks about Bad Mother at 19:58 minutes.
August 2017
A Table of Elements

Freddie Robins talks about her practice at Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen (44 minutes).
March 2016
Guests @ Gray’s

12 March 2018

What do I need to do to make it OK? Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, 16 September - 4 November 2017

Rugby Art Gallery & Museum
Little Elborow Street
Rugby, Warwickshire
CV21 3BZ

Tuesday – Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm
Free admission

The last venue for the touring exhibition, What Do I Need to Do to Make it OK? The exhibition is an investigation into damage and repair, disease and medicine, and the healing and restoration of landscapes, bodies, minds and objects through stitch and other media. Exhibiting artists are Dorothy Caldwell, Saidhbhín Gibson, Celia Pym, Freddie Robins and Karina Thompson.

Make it OK? is curated by Liz Cooper, supported by Arts Council England and the International Textile Research Centre of the University for the Creative Arts.

Rugby Art Gallery & Museum

16 September 2017

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