April Artists – Day 14 – Robin Nunnally

Robin Nunnally has been dancing, performing and teaching throughout the Pacific NW (and beyond) for the past 17+ years, and is known for her “little feet of fury” on the dance floor. She has placed at numerous national swing competitions, including; Camp Hollywood, Camp Jitterbug, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, and the US Open. She was a long time member of Seattle’s Jackson St. Lindy Hoppers dance team, and a founder (and long time member) of Seattle’s premier vintage chorus girl dance team, Sister Kate. Robin was also the creator and co-organizer of the annual Killer Diller Ball in Seattle, WA, and a longtime co-organizer for the Seattle Lindy Exchange. She made the jump to teaching & choreographing swing dance full time in 2013, and currently teaches for Toe Tappin’ Swing in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Today, she loves to think of her dancing as a melting pot of the many dance influences she’s studied over the years, and enjoys enthusiastically sharing that plethora of knowledge with her students on the dance floor.

Nunnally  - Jazz is Crazy print

Name:  Robin Nunnally
City: Currently…. Calgary, Alberta. Originally, a proud Seattle Lindy Hopper 🙂

How long have you been doing art: I come from a family of artists, so I’ve been doing art off and on as long as I can remember. My father was a full-time artist for the most part, so he always had an art studio in the house, and my mother always had a clay studio in the backyard. I eventually decided to pursue it further with my Bachelor’s Degree at University of Washington, where I majored in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, with a minor in Art History.


How long have you been lindy hopping?  I’ve been swing dancing for 18 years now. OH MY GOD… I just realized it’s been that long…. where does the time go? When I was almost 11 we moved to a tiny town, and there really wasn’t much to do, but they DID have swing dance classes!


What inspired you to make art: My family encouraged it from a very early age. The high school I attended was also very liberal arts focused, which was great.
You know when you’re 5 or 6 years old, and someone asks you what you want to be when you grow up, and you say, “an astronaut, an opera singer, and a veterinarian”…. yeah, well, I guess I never grew up, because when it came time to attend university and pick a major, I really couldn’t decide WHAT I “wanted to be when I grew up”. But I knew I still had a deep love of art, and even though an arts degree (most of the time) doesn’t really pay the bills, per say, I had the most incredible experiences being an art student in school, so I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Being able to go to University and spend 10 hours a day in a studio, printmaking and making other forms of art, was an incredibly inspiring and freeing experience. It pushes you to release all of your thoughts and emotions on whatever your artistic medium is.


What is your medium: Growing up I did a lot of drawing, and I particularly loved charcoal. I did clay sometimes in my mom’s studio, and when I went to University I fell in love with printmaking, which is what a lot of my art featured here is. Lately I’ve also been getting into watercoloring, which is new for me and so far I’m loving it!


Nunnally - collage with watercolor
Ziegfeld Follies Girl collage w/ pen and watercolor detail


Where you hope to go with your art: For me, I just enjoy the creative process. There’s something so relaxing about putting on some Oscar Peterson and pouring yourself a glass of wine while you draw or paint. I’d love to start doing it more with friends and turn it more into a social activity. It really is a great outlet.


Nunnally - louis armstrong print
Louis Armstrong “diamond” screenprint


Anything else you’d like me/the readers to know about your art? As a passionate lindy hopper and jazz enthusiast, I love being able to spread my love of the golden age of jazz visually through my art. I think everyone has to create art for themselves, not for others. Art is a personal thing. I’m passionate about the jazz era and I love to surround myself with antiques in my apt, vintage prints/posters, all mixed in with my own work.


Nunnally  - josephine baker print
Josephine Baker screenprint w/ gold handpainted detailing


Are you available to make these for people? I do have some extra jazz prints that are available for sale.


Nunnally  - handprinted and handbound jazz alphabet book
A series of 16 handmade accordian-fold books I made. The theme was “The Jazz Alphabet”, and there is a screen printed design on there (which I hand drew) that represents every letter of the alphabet with something vintage jazz related. I also hand bound the books and screen printed the cover.


Contact info: Folks can contact me through FB – https://www.facebook.com/RobinNunnally
Nunnally - screenprint

Don’t forget to stop and enjoy the Art!


Jo (& Kevin)

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