Fashion is a constant inspiration for me and profoundly influences my perception of self and artistic craft. For me, fashion is a way to practice art subconsciously throughout the day and project my mood constructively. Fashion and art are typically viewed as separate practices, but I view them as cohesive. This belief influences how I make and perceive my art. I am someone who struggles with mental health, periodically battling depressive episodes and mood swings. Because of this, I crave escapism and coping mechanisms to move past difficulties with my mental health. My mental health experience is how my current project “Comfort Cozies” developed.
For me, “Comfort Cozies” was a natural reaction to the COVID-19 Pandemic. I have been crocheting and creating patterns for the better part of 10 years, but it wasn’t until the 2020 pandemic that I decided to learn sweater making. It began with four holiday sweaters for my family and then sprouted into a larger project for myself. Each sweater in the “Comfort Cozies” project takes one month to create by hand. For me this project is a physical representation of my perception of comfort and mental hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alexis Robinson grew up in a small farming community in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. She received a BA in Studio Art and a Psychology minor from the University of Rochester. During her time at the University of Rochester, she studied in New York City, held a gallery internship, and participated in showings at Sage Art Center. Robinson’s work combines textile craft and art to explore themes of mental health and comfort.