Creative Visionary Erin Robinson is a Fashion Designer by trade, and a trained fine artist from Parsons School of Design and the Corcoran School of Art. Erin decided to re-invent herself after taking a sabbatical from corporate life, and started her new business, Brooklyn Dolly. The name of the business comes from a nickname from her grandmother and from residing in Brooklyn.
Her day-dreamy, magical imagination is inspired by travel, color, texture, the feminine shape, and the many shades and coifs of Brooklyn. Robinson has had her illustrations featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Village Voice among other publications. She is currently working on her first illustrated book, a period piece focused on the civil rights.
What Does Black History Month Mean To You This Year?
This year I feel like more than ever Black History Month is important due to the political climate of our country and the world. Its more relevant to be seen and heard as Black people, and make sure our power is coming across. Social media is a great tool to promote people, and push our power forward. I also feel like Black History is 24/7, 365 days a year, and although its good to call awareness once a year, it's something that's happening all the time.
Where Are You Finding Inspiration To Design This Year?
I am extremely visual, so inspiration comes everywhere for me. I sometimes amuse myself and use my imagination, my childhood, and the people I surround myself with as an influence for my designs. I often gravitate towards the strong women in my life as inspiration: my mother, sister, and friends, and all of these different shades and strengths of women. In the the majority of my pieces I have drawn the lotus flower, similar to the phoenix it represents rebirth, rising from the dark into the light.
I also get the best education through travel, my passport stamp. The best money I can spend on myself is travel because it makes me feel inspired by people watching and experiencing other cultures. I find it's so important to connect with each other, so many of us don’t want to connect anymore. I need to hear other people’s connections, and I want my work to be tangible and feel it. I am such a passionate person you need to hear me, not read my words.
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