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