Robin Haller began quilting in the mid-1980s. Her piece "Coloring Outside the Lines" helped her break through as a renowned artist.
Haller quilts three or more layers of fabric or fiber together. Examples of her work include a series of four quilts on the Aristotelian elements (earth, air, fire and water), and one called "Scrap Lumber," made of leftover parts from other projects.
Haller's quilts have won awards at the American Quilters Society shows in Paducah and the International Quilters Association shows in Houston. Her work has also been featured in the American Quilter magazine and been shown at numerous museums.
How would you describe your art style?
My art style can probably best be described as eclectic because what is produced comes from visions from inside my head. And my methods are whatever works to produce the look I want.
What art tools, materials and techniques do you use in your work?
The same goes for tools, materials and techniques. I stitch mainly on a domestic sewing machine, but embellish with pencil, paint and other surface design materials when needed.
Why do you create art?
Why do I create art? Because I need to.
What or whom do you draw from for inspiration?
Inspiration comes from everywhere - a photo, a shadow on a wall, nature, lines in a ceiling or floor, the juxtaposition of light and shadow in angles. Color is probably the first thing that gets me going, followed by line.
How do you improve your craft? Do you attend seminars or follow the work of other artists?
I do go to workshops and seminars and if not follow at least am aware of other fiber artists' work. But most of what I do is done in solitude. I belong to a small group of fiber artists on whom I depend for honest, sometimes brutally honest, appraisals of my work.
Can you describe your artistic process? How does an idea start and what is the process from the start to the final production of the item?
The artistic process is hard to describe because it's different for every project. The idea may come from a picture in my head, a photo I've taken, or from a previous work...
I work very differently on a landscape than I do on an abstract or geometric piece.
Will you create a quilt that is not for display, like for sale or for friends and family?
I make my quilts for myself, but obviously can't keep, store or display them all. I am a member of the Illinois Artisans Gallery and some of my pieces are in the gallery in Whittington and they are for sale.
You have won numerous awards and been featured across the country, do you have a particular piece that you are most proud of?
Of all the quilts I've made, it's hard to choose the one I'm most proud of. Probably from among my landscapes, it would be "The Cache' and among the geometrics, "Scrap Lumber #2."
What has been the key to being able to successfully produce quality art for as long as you have?
The key to being able to produce great art is to just keep on producing art. I can't judge whether it's going to be quality or not while I'm making it, or even after it's done. Albert Pujols doesn't hit a home run every time he comes up to bat, but he just keeps swinging, doesn't he?