Hi I'm Brooke Robinson, artist, curator and author and the artist behind Sea of the Sunsurfer or Sunsurfer for short, which is a collection of art and products inspired by adventure, nature, color, ancient wisdoms and perhaps a little bit of hip hop and rock 'n roll. Get to know more about me below.
A Brief History
Brooke Robinson is known for her curation of the largely popular lettering resource, Goodtype, founded in 2013. And her book, Goodtype: The Art of Lettering, published by Rizzoli. What most people don’t know is that Brooke began her art career at a young age, influenced by her mother’s beautiful oils on canvas. She created a lot of mixed media collages on heavyweight paper, integrating acrylics, typography and found imagery.
Eventually, Brooke’s art career paused to make way for a more disciplined graphic design job, post graduation, at a local Texas clothing retailer called TYLER’S. Where she also learned how to produce and manage the marketing and social media, which played a large role in leading her where she is today with Goodtype.
Brooke is now in Austin, TX running Goodtype, creating art and taking photos on her vintage Nikon FM2 35mm camera.
Brooke was born in Ft. Worth, Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University.
About Her Work
As an artist, Brooke wavers between creating and curating. Curating is a form of art that she believes is more innate than it is learned. "I’ve always had a knack for grouping and gathering wonderful things for display that usually appeal to the masses or are popular among certain niches." It is that eye for design which became the fuel for growing Goodtype’s audience, which has now amassed over 1 million followers.
On the other hand, Brooke loves to create in the form of painting, mixed media, digital art, sewing and photography.
Her work is inspired by nature, color, ancient wisdoms and perhaps a little bit of hip hop and rock 'n roll, whether it be a digital print or a mixed media flag or bag with found imagery and scribbled quotes or lyrics—or a painting with brightly colored wavescapes and surfers.
About The Name "Sea of the Sunsurfer"
Brooke's creative work is promoted under the moniker, Sea of the Sunsurfer or just Sunsurfer for short. She dubbed herself a "Sunsurfer," which is a term she defines as the sun being light or warmth from a greater place and a surfer as a rider of their own wave. She combined the words and defined a Sunsurfer as one who seeks the light, the warmth and their own truth in nature—a surfer of the sun. The "Sea" represents the entire body of work.
A Few Words From Brooke
It hasn’t been easy heeding my true calling of being an artist, a creative and a maker. Unfortunately, I learned early on that creatives can’t make a living. It’s been a journey to unlearn that false belief—but a journey worth taking.
I believe I am here to find those jewels buried deep within me, that have always been there, and use those jewels to be a light in this world and leave this place better than I found it. And leave people I encounter better than I found them. The best way to do that is to honor who I truly am and continue to serve my creative desires—be as authentic and whole as I conceivably can, so that I can serve others, be it my family, my friends or strangers, from the best place possible. You can’t pour from an empty cup, I always say!
As an artist, I believe we creatives don't just paint pictures or make clothes or write songs or build objects, etc. We are dedicated, through courage and heart, to honor and share our souls through our art, no matter what form or shape that may take.
I wouldn't be where I am today without the incredible love and support of my family and friends. My family is always encouraging me on my peculiar, circuitous path of adventure and creativity. I would say that my life is the epitome of the phrase "Life is a journey, not a destination."
My family seems to have accepted that I am a seeker of the answers to life's mysterious questions. I have a fervor for living a life full of adventure and creativity.
If I'm ever at home visiting, my mom will walk by the yard early, before sunrise, noticing that I am doing a headstand and just chuckle and say, "Oh Brooke is doing her morning headstands!" I am an unusual human being and they love me for it. And for that, I am forever grateful.
Brooke rode her bike from Vancouver, B.C. Canada down the west coast to the border of Mexico the summer of 2012.
Brooke achieved a 1st degree black belt in Martial Arts by the age of 12.
Brooke jumped out of a plane once. And survived. I believe that's called skydiving.
Brooke published a 288 page coffee table book with Rizzoli called Goodtype: The Art of Lettering featuring nearly 128 lettering artists from 32 countries.