Jenny’s note: Today I’m especially excited for our craft countdown- you get to meet Patti Robinson, the newest addition to #TeamCTD! Please leave a comment on the bottom of this post welcoming her!!
I’m kind of a craft floozy. You name it, I’ve done it: jewelry making, knitting and crocheting, sewing, paper making, polymer and PMC clay, decoupage and quilting, stamping, stenciling, mixed media, stained glass, metal work and macrame … and more! For some reason I never took crafting seriously as a way to earn a living. With a BFA in Art and Art History, I turned to graphic design as a career but it just didn’t click. I started looking around for something that would be a better fit. I didn’t realize how useful my encyclopedic knowledge of crafting and background in art would be would be until I took a job designing the programming and teaching arts and crafts to children at The Art Farm. Now I also teach classes to adults and work as an artist in residence in health care. I’m really excited to join the CTD Team because I find it really inspiring to continue to experiment with new materials and techniques.
I have stayed true to my first art love, collage and mixed media. I wrote my Art History thesis on the artist Joseph Cornell and had the honor of cataloging his source materials. I now have an archive of my own now, collected over the years from my second hand adventures. I love to use images and objects from the past and mix them up in unexpected ways.
Craft Countdown with Patti Robinson
1. 5 tools or supplies you can’t be without
- Vintage ephemera
- Recycled materials
- iPhone for capturing inspiration & documentation
2. 4 photos of your work
I made these flowers out of a Starbucks cup, bag, stirrers and glue. That’s it!
The sweater was dyed, patched & embroidered.
3. 3 motifs that appear in your work often
- Fashion, vintage and contemporary
- Images of men and women
2. What 2 things are you not very good at?
1) My organizational skills are seriously lacking. I often have two tubes of the same color paint because I misplaced the first and then had to buy another.
2) I’m not good at following instructions for craft projects. I prefer to look at photo and then improvise.
1. What 1 thing would you like to brag about?
I failed every art class in High School yet I’m the only person I know from my class who is a working artist. The teacher was very strict and grumpy. I was a rebel. I did just the opposite of what he said, but I worked very hard. I kept taking art (he was the only instructor in our small school) and he kept giving me a 0 for every assignment. I felt very strongly that art was about self expression so as my “protest” I expressed myself. I think my passion for expressing myself has kept me going as an artist and the experience of having a bad teacher helped make me a good teacher.
You can find Patti’s work in her Etsy Shop.
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