Dane Arts Gallery
City-County Building 1st Floor (210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Madison, WI)
"Irrigation" by Robin Hackman
April 2, 2018 - June 29, 2018. Open 8:00am-5:00pm and during public meetings.
Exhibition Opening Reception
First floor of the City-County Building (210 MLK Jr. Blvd. Madison, WI 53703.)
*Parking can be found at the Dane County Parking Ramp (113 S. Henry St. Madison, WI 53703). Metered street parking is also available.
Education: University of Hawai’i at Manoa Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, 1996.
I have been sewing, embroidering, and beading cloth since I was a young girl. Throughout my teenage years I sewed most of my own clothing. I have made countless home accessories, pillows, curtains and rugs, and have even upholstered furniture. I love cloth, especially hand made, hand dyed and ethnic cloth.
I did not complete my college education until I was 42 years old (better late, than never!). But by returning to college so late in life the experience of making all those countless home accessories was a natural fit for a degree in fiber arts. I have lived in Dane County, Middleton and Madison for 19 years—the longest I have lived in one place my whole life. This really is home now.
This recent body of fiber artwork has been influenced by my dreams--wildly colorful and very sinuous. I have embroidered and beaded felted wool that is layered and cut out. This technique of layering fabric and cutting through to other layers is similar to Molas, textiles sewn by the Kuna People from The San Blas Island, off the coast of Panama.
It has been a pursuit of mine to view or imagine a scene and then reduce it to its simplest terms, interpreting it in cloth to represent that image. As I meander through my daily life around Dane County, I make images in my mind, and they reveal themselves in my artwork.