I am an artist and maker based in Margate, on the Kent coast. I studied Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking at Ravensbourne School of Art and later completed an MA in Constructed Textiles at the Royal College of Art.  I regularly teach at West Dean College and have taught as a visiting artist at The Contemporary Textile Studio in Toronto, and as a visiting tutor at UCA Canterbury, Staffordshire, Hertfordshire and De Montfort Universities.  I have supplied, shown work and collaborated with the following organisations : Heals: Tottenham Cout Rd, Liberty: London, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Flow Gallery: London, Pallant House Gallery Shop: Chichester, Anthropologie: USA, Castor+Pollux Modern Artworks: Brighton, Cornwall Contemporary Gallery: Penzance, Sarah Wiseman Gallery: Oxford, Autour Du Monde: Paris, ReForm School: US, The Art Group, Frank: Whitstable, Selvedge Magazine and Galison Publishing NY.


“If one were to imagine a workshop household, one would envision a situation where most, if not all things were made in a more imaginative and beautiful way than in quotidian life” – Mark Rosenthal

I love the idea of the workshop household described by Mark Rosenthal, and believe in the importance of our interaction with materials, texture, pattern, and the handmade. The handmade object creates layers of significance and forms a part of personal and family narratives, making links and connections through generations.

My practice explores spaces in-between. Germinating from my early art school training and the formalities of painting and drawing, and even earlier childhood experiences with domestic crafts, traditional needlework and textile techniques, my studio practice continues to vacillate between art and craft making. Also between narrative and abstraction, between functionality and aesthetics and between quick gesture and expression, and the slow control of needlework and textile processes. Eschewing disciplinary boundaries and hierarchies I have developed a personal visual language that wrestles with the edges, intermediate spaces and dualities that I am recurrently confronted with. 

My work continues to revel in the interplay of formal qualities and materials. I combine screen-printed forms and stitched marks, applied colour, shapes and textures. Printed colour, cut out forms, imprinted collaged textures, drawn, inscribed and stitched lines often play with imagery and ideas springing from our relationship with familiar domestic objects, everyday haptic experiences, the meaning of home and home-making activities. Images shift and forms jostle in spaces between still life and landscape, interior and exterior environments, memory and lived experience.

©Maxine Sutton MA RCA


CV / BIOGRAPHY  Maxine Sutton MA RCA


2005 MA RCA – Constructed Textiles: Royal College of Art

1992 PGCE – Secondary Art: Goldsmiths University

1985 BA Hons Degree, Fine Art – Painting : Ravensbourne College of Art


2007/08 Reflect Forward Award Craft Central

2007 ‘Made’ Art Prize. Brighton Art Fair

2005 Texprint finalist 2005

2005 ‘Design For A Responsible Future’ National Grid Transco Award. MA Graduation Show

Exhibitions / Fairs / Shows

2016 ‘On The Other Hand ‘ Margate

2014 Mid Century Modern Show: Dulwich, London

2013 Mid Century Modern Show: Dulwich, London

2013 TENT London: Truman Brewery London, E1

2013 Contemporary Print Fair: The Sidney Cooper Gallery Canterbury

2012 Made In Clerkenwell: Craft Central London.

2011 Figure: Cornwall Contemporary Gallery: Penzance

2010 GNCCF 2010 Manchester

2010 ORIGIN: The London Craft Fair. Shoreditch

2009 Effervescence, Christmas Show. West Dean, Barn Gallery

2009 Christmas Showcase. Bilston Craft Space. Wolverhampton

2009 Made 09. Corn Exchange, Chuch Street, Brighton.

2009 The Birthday Party. Flow Gallery. London W11 2RP

2009 ORIGIN: The London Craft Fair. Somerset House

2009 Made To Think. Group show. West Dean Barn Gallery

2009 Retro Kitsch. 20-21 Visual Arts Centre. Lincolnshire

2008 Reflect Forward. Solo show. Craft Central. Clerkenwell, London.

2008 Breath of Fresh Air. Group show. Byard Art, Cambridge.

2007 Brighton Art Fair, Corn Exchange, Brighton

2007 Christmas Mixed Show. Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford

2007 Surf & Turf. Brighton Fringe Festival, Castor & Pollux Modern Artworks, Brighton

2006 Craft Council  ‘Springboard’ at Origin, Somerset House. London

2005 Texprint ’05 Indigo, Paris

2005 British Design Festival, Sept ‘05; Window display, sustainable interiors collection for Chair-London

2005 Like Nowhere Else RCA Graduate Show

2004 Inside Out  Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art

2004 Paradise Lost Forge Mill Needle Museum

2004 Re-Construction window display, ‘Browns’ South Molton Street, London


08/2017 Embroidery Magazine feature ‘Quiet Conversations in Thread’

10/2015 Homes and Gardens Magazine Margate Designers Q&A

08/2015 London Eve Standard – Homes&Property ’Design On Sea’

11/2012 ‘Illuminate -Contemporary Craft Lighting’ by Hannah Nunn, feature

01/2012 Mollie Makes Margate Feature

05/2011 Period Homes and Interiors Margate  Feature

2011 Guardian Lifestyle. Top 10 Art Attractions in Margate

09/2010 Living Etc News Round Up

08/2010 Stella Magazine Margate Feature

06/2011 Elle Decoration Margate Feature

11/2009 Embroidery Magazine News Feature

11/2009 Elle Decoration. Shopping

03/10/2009 Times Magazine Interiors Feature

02/2009 Selvedge Magazine Illustrations Issue 27

Sept/Oct 2008 Embroidery Magazine. Feature Article

07/05/2008 Eve Standard, Homes and Property

30/06/2005 Design Week. Editors comment

Online Press

2017 Domino Magazine. The Three Textile Artists To Know 

2017 The Beat That My Heart Skipped. Margate Guide

2014 Rachael Taylor Designs. Artist Review

2014 Heals Blog. In the Studio Feature

2014 Print and Pattern. Feature

2013 Heart Home Magazine. Designer Profile 

2013 Mr X Stitch. The Cutting (and Stitching) Edge

2013 Contemporary Textile Studio CO-OP 

2011 Guardian: Top 10 Art Attractions in Margate

2009 Design Sponge: Weekly Wrap Up 

2008 Design Sponge: Exhibition Feature 

2007 MADE Brighton. Artist of the Week 

2007 Design Sponge : Featured Work

2006 Design Sponge: Sustainable Embroidery Feature

2006 Inhabitat. Sustainable Textiles