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

Bad Mothers: Regulations, Representations and Resistance

Bad Mothers: Regulations, Representations and Resistance

Bad Mothers: Regulations, Representations and Resistance by Demeter Press, Canada, containing Robins’s chapter, Bad Mother is now published.

Demeter is an independent feminist press committed to publishing peer-reviewed scholarly work, fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction on mothering, reproduction, sexuality and family.

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17 March 2017

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