Rochelle Brickner (b.San Antonio, TX, 1973) is a Kansas City based mixed-media artist. Her recent work investigates the harmony and discord between living organisms through the use of natural and synthetic materials such as wool, cotton, silk, paper, polyester and plastic bags. As it relates to the systematic cycles in nature, process plays an important part in Brickner’s work, in which she utilizes weaving, knitting, heat fusing and felting techniques. Her interest in articulating environmental awareness has inspired her to lead youth directed environmental art workshops in Kansas City with Greenworks KC, Boy Scout Troop 25, and the Plaza and Central Public Libraries. She has exhibited in several venues within the Kansas City Metropolitan area, including a solo show at Contours Hair Salon, and group shows at Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery, Little Miss Elegant Gallery, and Kemper at the Crossroads. Brickner will graduate with a BFA in Fiber from the Kansas City Art Institute in December 2015, and thereafter pursue the post-baccalaureate art education certification program at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Brickner is also known as RoBO Textiles, in which she makes fine art and utilitarian textiles, and more specifically, features a line created by using up-cycled materials known as Repurpose Me. Repurpose Me has been featured in Ink Magazine, the Kansas City Star; and interviewed on 90.1, Kansas City public radio. Brickner’s textiles can be found in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art museum shop and in her RoBO Textiles Etsy shop.