Robin Brandes


Robin Brandes
Handmade Books

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’s devotion and skill to create and hand bind books evolved from her deep knowledge of graphic design. She was an award-winning graphic designer dedicated to creating inspiring visual communications for over 30 years. She 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 completed all required components of the Hand Bookbinding Core Certificate Program at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Since 2015, Robin’s books have been exhibited at the Annual Hand Bookbinders’ Members Exhibition. The book printed in 1937 “The Right Eye of The Commander” by Bret Harte was hand bound by Robin for the San Francisco Public Library. San Anselmo, California has been Robin’s home and studio for over three decades.

Robin also created, designed and self-published 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.

https://destagallery.com/2016/09/15/to-be-lost-in-nature-is-to-be-found/