As a student of Textile Arts
and Asian History, Robin spent a great deal of time experimenting,
designing and creating various hand-made fabrics including Katazome
silks. While in college, she discovered the work of Jo Ellen
Trilling, but other distractions prevented her from pursuing
soft sculpture projects.
college, Robin started illustrating professionally. While employed
by several Fortune 500 companies, she progressed from graphic
artist and commercial illustrator to computer animator.
After many successful years,
Robin stepped out of the corporate life and into family life.
While experimenting with soft cuddly dolls and teddy bears for
her baby daughter, she decided to explore more sophisticated
designs. Soon she re-emerged as a studio artist. Shortly after
establishing original teddy bears, Robin became intrigued by
other animal forms. She has created designs of more challenging
animals like koalas, penguins and sea otters as well as a few
more and more anatomically accurate features into her designs,
Robin discovered the work of Lisa Lichtenfels, and found it inspiring
and the technique compelling. Following this Robin finally met
Jo Ellen Trilling and attended one of her workshops. After 20
years, Robin finally set out to try her hand at soft sculpture.
This was something that had captivated her since college, yet
only now has Robin brought her varied experiences together to
produce the art of her dreams.
Robin's work has been featured
in several books including "Designing the Doll"
by Susanna Oroyan, and the "Tribute To Teddy Bear
Artist, Series 2", as well as many other popular publication
including "Contemporary Doll Collector", "Teddy
Bear & friends" and "Teddy Bear Review" magazines.
She has received many national teddy bear awards and an international
doll award. Robin is very proud that two different pieces are
on display at two different Japanese Teddy Bear Museums and in
hundreds of private collections including the collection of comedian