Robin Hartmann began her career after graduating from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York 1978. After working in the theatre industry creating and building costumes for Broadway shows in the 1980's (A Chorus Line, The Wiz, Pippin), she found herself working among frogs, bears, and pigs at Jim Henson's Muppets. For 5 years she helped pin, stitch, design, and create the puppets, costumes, and props that delighted children and adults alike. Some projects included Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and various Muppet movies. Upon leaving The Muppets, Robin worked as a wardrobe assistant for a season on Saturday Night Live (1985). She then became interested in toy design and came to Cincinnati to work as a designer at Kenner Toys. Robin has worked on many successful projects while in Cincinnati such as Kenner, Hasbro, Gibson Greetings, and Idea Development toy design. She has also worked on feature films including A Rage in Harlem and The Shaw Shank Redemption. More recently she designed puppets and costumes for the Cincinnati Museum Center, The Dallas Childrens Museum, Artworks, and The Smithsonian Institute. With all these achievements, she remains most proud of her children, Leah and Rory. Robin is currently freelancing, and teaching art at The New School Montessori in North Avondale.
I like to work in many mediums, but fabric is my favorite. I love the texture, pattern and versatility. I also enjoy working in mosaics, it is very quilt-like in a way. Mixed media is fun too, that I do more for myself. I enjoy learning new tips and techniques, and teaching them as well.