William Robinson was born in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. After graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication, William moved to Fredericton and established and co-managed the graphic design firm, Robinson & Greenwood, for many years.
In 2012, a long held interest in jewelry design prompted him to enrol in the Jewelry/Metal Arts program at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. The recipient of a number of awards and scholarships, William also received the Governor General’s Award for academic excellence at the 2014 NBCCD convocation ceremonies. William has participated in several group shows in Fredericton, and won “The Best in Technical Achievement” Award, at Toronto’s Zilberschmuck Gallery’s 10th annual National Juried Exhibition in 2014.
His designs are inspired by the world around him, but especially nature, architecture, and geometric patterns. Working almost exclusively with silver, William creates jewelry pieces that are unique and functional with an emphasis on design.
The inspiration for my work comes from the world around me, everything from nature, plants and flowers, to typography, architecture, and geometric shapes and forms. As a graphic designer, I always enjoyed and excelled in the design of logos and branding. Creating a memorable graphic image, by balancing the lines, weight, and negative spaces, are the same design principles from my graphic design background that I apply in my approach to jewelry design.
My aim is to create visually intriguing, functional, and articulated body adornments utilizing classic clean lines.
William A. Robinson, 2015
Nikki Thériault chats with WILLIAM about his exhibition "Body Type" at Gallery 78