Coastal Quilters will meet Saturday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. at the Lions Club on Lions Lane in Camden. Local artist Robinsunne will present a trunk show, discuss techniques and show a variety of the eclectic pieces she creates.

Robinsunne started embroidering when she was four and that first little apple, carefully stitched in red thread, hangs in her mother’s house. She has pushed around and redesigned the envelope ever since, according to a news release. She moved from the apple to  troll clothing and began a series of embroidered jean jackets when she was a teenager that she continues to design to this day.

After obtaining a Bernina (often called the Cadillac for quilters) in her 30s, her loyalties to various techniques began to vacillate. Not completely at ease with the flat surface, the embroidery gets embellished into the third dimension.

In San Francisco, there was the a dragon made from tea tags and Robinsunne’s magpie/found object-thing began to take root. In Boston, she sewed quilts and clothes. Back in San Francisco, she drew and made hats to wear at her Thursday job. One of her favorites was machine embroidered and layered with tulle to help it stay together in case the needle holes just made a tear-here perforation. Embellished old earrings and silver beads completed the look.

Finally, Robinsunne moved home to a place she’d never been before: Maine. There she wrote her first book ‘Nannee,” joined artist groups, and kept sewing. One day, “back in the last century,” she said in the news release, she put her quilting stitches close together and ended up with a quilted vessel and taught herself to sew and appliqué all manner of glass, plastic, stone, bone, paper, metal and whatever else kind of bead and, “…well, we like to call it ‘trash,’ onto art quilts.”

The vessels and the art quilts have always been reliquaries for her found objects. Art became a lifestyle in her childhood, and though she managed to get a B.A. in history from Mills College, she’s just never been able to shake the need to converse in the arts.

“Fifty years ago my room looked like an explosion in a confetti factory,” she said. “Same, same, today.”

Robinsunne is known for her artist trading cards,2-by-3-inch works of art that friends and artists make for each other. Her latest book, “The Great Library ATC Swap” features more than 30 ATC techniques: collage, paper cutting, rubber stamping, paper folding and construction, assemblage and more.


The program is free and open to the public and refreshments are served. To learn how to join Coastal Quilters or for more information, call Karen Martin, 236-8038, or Louisa Enright, 236-6215.