Ulster University

Freddie Robins

  1. Thursday 12 March
  2. 13:00
  3. Ulster University, Belfast Campus, York St.

Freddie Robins's work spans art, craft and design. She combines each of them with great elegance, and through her use of playful wit, subverts meaning and making, fusing a melting-pot of approaches to 'craft'.

Her knitting explores contemporary issues of domesticity, gender and the human condition, as well as the cultural preconceptions surrounding knitting as craft. Her pieces often incorporate both humour and fear and set out to disrupt the notion of the medium as passive and benign. Perfectionism in quality is a trademark for each of her hand-made pieces.

Recently her approach to making and materials has shifted radically. Her most recent body of works, Out on a Limb, has developed over the last year from a new practical approach to making, utilising samples and surpluses, things donated, inherited and found. The finished pieces evolve from the process as opposed to being designed and made. They explore themes of violence, fear, pain and loss.

Freddie has work in private and public collections including the V & A, Nottingham Castle Museum, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum and KODE – kunstmuseene i Bergen. She has exhibited internationally, including most recently at COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery, London. She is Senior Tutor in Knitted Textiles on the Textiles programme at the Royal College of Art, London.