Robin Brandes


Robin Brandes
Handmade Books

Robin Brandes’ figure drawings are spawned by those exquisite moments of connection with the presence of a live, dynamic model. Her drawings are a genuine, spontaneous response to the model. Integrating the principles of contemplative mindfulness in her figure drawing, her philosophy is the practice of being present and connected to the truth of the moment. When Robin begins a drawing, she has no preconceived concepts or plans or techniques to impose upon her drawings.

Rumi said it best: “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”

Robin brought her virtuosity as a graphic designer, artist, book designer and bookbinder to create and self-publish a book, To be lost in nature is to be found. Her photos and drawings in this limited-edition book portray those moments when our inner nature resonates with the beauty of the natural world and expresses that profound interaction through unconstrained realizations. She collaborated with poet, Leisha Douglas who wrote the prose.

San Anselmo, California has been Robin’s home and studio for over three decades. She is an award-winning graphic designer with over thirty years’ experience dedicated to creating inspiring visual communications. She has studied painting and mixed media at the 23rd Street Studio in San Francisco, The San Francisco Art Institutes’ (SFAI) Public Education Program, SFAI Open Drawing Studio, and at the Idyllwild Summer Arts Program.

Robin’s other love is hand bookbinding. She completed all required components of the Hand Bookbinding Core Certificate Program at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Using wheat paste and acrylic paint, known as “paste-paper”, she paints decorative papers applied to her book covers for her hand bound books. Since 2015, Robin’s books have been exhibited at the Annual Hand Book binders’ Members Exhibition.