Hotwalls waves goodbye to Rebecca in Studio 10

On the 14th of November, Hotwalls studios waved goodbye to one of their much-loved residents as they moved on from Old Portsmouth.

The wonderfully charismatic Rebecca Thomas Robinson started her residency at Hotwalls Studios in 2020, travelling daily by hovercraft from her home on the Isle of Wight.

During her time in Studio 10, Rebecca has made lifelong friends and has made an astounding impact on us all.

Within her two years in Studio 10, Rebecca continued to develop her personal work, using ordinary, discarded, and found objects; creating hand stitched textile pieces and mixed media paintings. She explained that she ‘found the solitude of enforced lockdown valuable in growing, developing and experimenting with plant-based textiles and beautifully homemade natural botanical inks and dyes’.

Rebecca worked on many personal and group collaborative projects whilst with us; most notably the Arts Council funded ‘Pause, Reflect, Create’. In this project, Rebecca renovated, and hand stitched an heirloom quilt that she entitled ‘Coming back to life’, which is now part of the extensive Arts collection at Portsmouth Museum.

She explained that her highlights included working as Materials Manager for Alice Hume (Studio 9), on her astounding ‘interactive weaves’ ACE project, and more recent- exhibiting at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester.

On her return to her tranquil island studio, Rebecca plans to develop and create work for her forthcoming solo show, which will see her return to the Round Tower in 2023.

Hotwalls Studios would like to wish Rebecca the best of luck (although we don’t think she’ll need it!) in all her endeavours and creative journeys moving forwards.

See Rebecca’s work on instagram: @rebeccathomasrobinson

Hotwalls Studios on Instagram and Facebook: @hotwallstudios

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