Robert has been a craftsman, collector and curator of traditional art and craft for almost 50 years. As a child, he learned to knit and crochet from family members and then learned to spin, weave and work with natural dyes when he spent time at the Rochester Folk Art Guild in New York State. Through decades of world travel, Robert spent time with artists and craftspeople in many countries, including, the US, Canada, Bulgaria, Guatemala, India and Nepal and collected the work of traditional artists and craftspeople. Since 2015, Robert has had a home in Oaxaca, Mexico where he has and worked with local artists, museums and organizations to organize education for traditional makers, promote decolonization of the art market and curate exhibits of work by traditional artists who have developed individual and innovative styles. His current work focuses on the development of resources for traditional artists from Oaxaca.