Meet the Artist

Sarah Robbins

How long have you been making art?

Sarah: I’ve loved making art ever since I was a kid, always having a million random art projects going at once. It sounds so cliche, but the process of making something out of nothing has always been the most satisfying feeling, and I’ve been chasing it ever since!

Do you have any sort of technical background?

Sarah: Yes! I went to an art school in the basement of the Corcoran Gallery of Art next to the White House in DC. At the time, it was one of the last museum/college partnerships in the country and now it’s actually a part of George Washington University. The Corcoran was the absolute best and I studied painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture.

What are some of your favorite projects you have done?

Sarah: Yikes, that’s tough and my answer changes daily. Today my top three would be:

  1. A typographic mural I made out of found cassette tapes only, it was a fun challenge that came out pretty cool in the end.
  2. Last summer I painted some huge ocean creatures on the sides of an apartment building in Ballard, definitely my tallest work to date.
  3. I covered the entire exterior of a building in Olympia with PNW textures and imagery… and would love to find a location to do that again!

Can you describe your inspiration for the artwork for VOLUME 4?

Sarah: I’m a sucker for organic designs sprinkled with some structured/manmade elements, so I immediately wanted to go in that direction. It landed in this funky floral and patterned place that just felt right.

What was your experience consuming VOLUME 4?

Sarah: Volume 4 was great! It was an all-around feel-good experience, super mellow and euphoric.

What feelings do you hope to invoke with your art overall, and in particular the art for VOLUME 4?  

Sarah: I just strive for a brightness, really. Since I’m an artist with a flexible style, it’s more about livening up whatever or wherever I’m working with. Color definitely plays a huge factor in that - I like strong colors but in a custom and limited palette, usually straddling the modern/vintage line.

How would you describe your relationship with cannabis and what are some of your favorite activities to do whilst enjoying cannabis?

Sarah: Usually it’s an end-of-day wind down situation for me. I feel like we’re all so busy all the time, and it’s a real struggle for me to turn off. Cannabis helps me quiet my brain and relax, and adding music, a movie or a nice long walk to that mix is always a good combo.

Where can people see your art in the Seattle area?

Sarah: I’m sprinkled all over the city! A few places include Factoria Mall, Optimism Brewing, Facebook, Amazon Coral, Paramount Park, Repair Revolution, Broadcast Apartments and most Cupcake Royale locations.

Does cannabis play a role in your creation of art?  

Sarah: I would say yes, but not in the usual way. A ton of artists use cannabis to get into a creative flow, and oddly enough that never really did the trick for me. Instead, I look at it as a way to prevent burnout. I’m extremely lucky to have my absolute dream job working for myself, but when you love what you do, it’s hard to stop. Cannabis to me is more of a tool I use  to enforce a better live/work balance, and that down time is super necessary if you want to stay sane and make your best work.

Can you tell us a little bit about the playlist you curated for VOLUME 4 and the inspiration behind it?

Sarah: I tend to gravitate towards older music, lots of 60s and 70s, so I wanted to pair Volume 4 with some groovier music that has some nice stinky, bluesy beats.

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