Hawkinson grew up in the wet, pine tree, mountain landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Her artwork explores themes of loss and forgetfulness, embellished narratives, transience and rootedness; all in relation to different nuances of home. How do our homes define us? Integral to her process is the use of materials with previous histories; linens and handkerchiefs, family photographs, shotgun shells--objects which are the remnants of a collective past. She works in a variety of mediums, including textile and embroidery, collage, small sculpture, photograph dioramas and video.
In addition to her studio practice, Hawkinson is passionate about making work that spans beyond the traditional gallery setting. She has been involved in several community art initiatives in Vancouver; including a community mural, arts planning for festivals, and artist centric event planning.