I'M Sherrie Robbins
As a previous Chef I have always had a big garden. My garden is for food as well as being a natural dyers garden. It is full of wonderful plants to make natural dyes which I use in my textile work. I often combine different plants together to make new colors that are unique.
Saving textiles, repurposing them, exploring their history, and giving them a new life are the foundation of my work.
Every stitch tells a story! The materials I use in my textile art are sourced from around the world. They each have a history of their own. Most are antique fabrics that I botanically dye, slow stitch, or free motion stitch to create a unique one-of-a-kind “new story”.
I have had the privilege to have studied with inspiring and talented textile artist like Sue Stone and CAS Holmes from Great Britain both of whom have influenced my work.
The smell of warm bees wax melting on a hotplate, the fluidity and unpredictable nature of wax, and the multitude of techniques available when painting with encaustic medium are some of the reasons I enjoy working with this medium.
I have been painting with encaustic medium for 20 years and still find it fascinating. I love the way the paint changes when it is fused with a torch going from a warm, soft surface to a hard surface that can be scraped, gouged, carved or used on any porous surface.
Some of my paintings are inspired by a poem and begin with the poem written with a pigment stick on the substrate. The words are usually buried beneath many, many layers of encaustic medium and are not visible when the painting is finished.
My abstract mixed media Encaustic work starts with joint compound, or roofing tar as the first few layers before the encaustic medium is applied. Both create textures, cracks and crevices for the encaustic medium to interact. This process is totally unpredictable. The roofing tar causes the paint to change color as it bleeds through the paint and often forms deep cracks and crevices and other textures when scraped down to those layers.
Joint compound when applied with a pallet knife or other tool forms interesting textures when dried that add visual interest when used with the encaustic medium. Often it resembles the parched earth, peeling paint or old plaster work.
My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.