29 April 2019
Creativity, History & Process
An exhibition of works by artists working in tapestry and textile from 800 AD to the present day.
Artists: Anni Albers, Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, Adam Belcher, Louise Bourgeois, George Braque, Antoni Calvé, Oscar Dominguez, Donald Hamilton Fraser, Roger Fry, Magne Furuholmen, Liam Gillick, Ashley Havinden, Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron, Des Hughes, Kurt Jackson, Emilia and Ilya Kabakov, Joseph Kosuth, Francesca Lowe, Goshka Macuga, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Christian Newby, Ben Nicholson, Pablo Picasso, John Piper, Laure Prouvost, Alan Reynolds, Freddie Robins, William Scott, Nicholas de Staël, Hans Tisdal, Rosemarie Trockel, Gavin Turk, Keith Vaughan, Paule Vézelay and Henrik Vibskov
Place Farm, Court Street, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6LW
Preview Friday 8 March from 6.00pm. Booking required.
Saturday 9 March – Sunday 28 April 2019
Wednesday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm
Saturday 27 April – Process Weekend: Common Threads
12.45 – 1.45pm 3×15 Talk: Common Threads – Narrative, Process and Collaboration with artists Celia Pym and Freddie Robins + Kate Grenyer (Curator, Dovecot Studios) chaired by Polly Leonard (Editor, Selvedge Magazine). Booking required.
08 February 2019
In the first ever Soft Thoughts podcast, Ruby Smith and Jean Oberlander welcome Freddie Robins. Robins uses juxtapositions between how knitting is and could be seen, unravelling preconceptions of femininity, motherhood, death and the body, and twists the soft into evil and back again, imbuing a sense of power in using metaphor in knitting.
“Soft Thoughts is a textiles podcast that is flexible, twisting and soft, just like the myriad of textiles we love and wear and see in our every day lives. We want to chat about textiles, with people we know, people we don’t know, and everyone in between. We want to be accessible and academic, silly and a wee bit ridiculous, an attempt at bridging the gap between those that practise textiles and those that wear them – the every day and the artists!” Ruby Smith and Jean Oberlander
01: Freddie Robins: Softness is Power. Released 12 December 2018
11 January 2019
The All The Time Gloves are a collaboration between Freddie Robins and designer, Donna Wilson. Freddie was Donna’s tutor at the Royal College of Art and has been a huge supporter of her work ever since.
100% lambswool, knitted in Scotland.
Available in three colourways – burgundy, orange or caspian blue
£35.00 per pair.
Use the code TICKTOCK20 for a 20% discount via Donna Wilson’s online shop.
02 December 2018
Freddie Robins’s article, Do Not Touch, is now published in Surface Design Journal, Fall 2018.Read article here
22 November 2018
Blackwater Polytechnic will be exhibiting at
Sluice_Exchange Berlin 2018
Das Kühlhaus Berlin
Luckenwalder Str. 3, 10963 Berlin, Germany
Friday 16 November 18:00 – 23:00
Saturday 17 + Sunday 18 November 11:00 – 19:00
Blackwater Polytechnic will be presenting works by EMC Collard, Ben Coode-Adams, Fiona Curran, Justin Knopp and Freddie Robins.
Read Resistant Materials, an essay by Ben Coode-Adams and Freddie Robins (Blackwater Polytechnic) in Sluice magazine, Inter/nationalism issue, Autumn/Winter 2018
04 November 2018
Freddie Robins features in two new books and a journal published this month -
Craftfulness – Mend yourself by making things by Rosemary Davidson and Arzu Tahsin, published by Quercus, London.
Unravelled – Contemporary Knit Art by Charlotte Vannier, published by Thames & Hudson, London.Unpicking the Narrative: Difficult Women, Difficult Work, co-authored by Freddie Robins, Lucy Day & Eliza Gluckman, Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture, Volume 16, 2018 Issue 3: The Matter of Material, published by Taylor & Francis.
22 October 2018
Charlotte Cameron, Knitwear Editor for Knitting Industry Creative interviews Freddie Robins (portrait: Sophie Mutevelian/Crafts Council).
04 October 2018
Read designer, Donna Wilson’s, blog post about the Tormented Textiles panel discussion, where she was joined by Freddie Robins and contemporary craft expert, Martina Margetts, for a panel discussion on the trials and tribulations of living a creative life.
You can listen to the conversation and Q&A session on Soundcloud via the link below.
03 October 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
Donna Wilson Pop-up Shop
32 Charlotte Road
London EC2A 3PB
The event is free but booking is essential.
This event is part of Donna Wilson’s 15th year celebration at London Design Festival.
21 August 2018