The Camden Public Library welcomes Robyn Vine to the Picker Room Gallery for the month of August. An opening reception with the artist will take place on Friday, August 4 at 12:00 noon. The work will remain on display for the rest of the month.
Robyn says of her art, “It was 2003 when my mother first introduced me to and inspired my love for the fiber arts, and we’ve enjoyed many hours together learning and practicing our craft. It is a rare occasion when we’re together as a family where at least one of us is not working on a new project, whether it be rug-hooking, knitting, or making a Penny rug. Penny rugs began as a way to make use of left-over scraps of wool, turning them into home decorations, but it has developed into one of my favorite forms of fiber art.
The tradition of working with natural fibers has a long history in the state of Maine. The natural fibers of wool make for a soft, warm, peaceful composition. My designs are most often in the form of framed Penny Rugs and rug-hooked landscapes. The blends of wool patterns, with their rich designs and colors, create pictures with depth and texture. I love to explore wool shops around our beautiful state of Maine to find just the right colors and textures for each individual piece. Once I had to put a particular project on the back burner for six months in order to search for just the right wool pattern for the stone foundation of a piece I was doing of the Rockland lighthouse.
With the support of my family I have delved into this unique form of art. My daughter, Obrianna Cornelius (a young fine artist located right here in Maine) has encouraged my involvement with the art community and she is the reason I’m currently showing my work here at the Camden Public Library.”