"I love you more than all the flannelette and calico, candlewick, dimity, crash and merino, tussore, cretonne, crepon, muslin, poplin, ticking and twill in the whole Cloth Hall of the world. "Dylan Thomas
My practice deals with fragments and leftovers. A ‘brain soup’ of memory, observation and emotion, informs the process. Things collide and come crashing, or creeping, into my studio space and workdays. I experiment with formal concerns such as colour relationships and shape, alongside psychology, emotional states and a desire to make meaning.
Textile is both form and content in the work. I am interested in everyday making, bodies, clothing, animals, folktales and myths. Alongside these subjects I am concerned with ecology and waste, in how we negotiate all the ‘stuff’ we have put in the world, the amounts of physical material but also the amounts of choices, images and information.
Without any advance visual plan or fixed idea of outcome, I use up waste and found fabrics, organics or dead stock fabrics; coaxing and wrestling abstract compositions and story from cloth and paper constructions. Whilst circling questions about progress and love, over consumption, and our damaged relationship to materials, the environment and each other.
Each new fabric, texture, technique adds layers – social and political history and personal memory. In many ways it’s too much, but I am connected to textiles from my earliest memories and I love the feeling in my hands, the ‘handle’ of cloth.
`© Maxine Sutton 2021