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

My work continues to explore the interplay between screen-printed and embroidered textures, colour, mark, drawn and stitched lines. Often playing with imagery and ideas springing from our relationship with familiar domestic objects, everyday pastimes, the meaning of ‘home’ and home-making activities. Abstract and semi-figurative forms combined with pattern and texture present an ambiguous narrative.

Using screen print, irish machine and hand embroidery, I employ a combination of traditional techniques such as, applique, patchwork, and needle-punch. Forms are hand drawn, paper cut, found or photographic, layered and collaged with abstract and semi figurative appliquéd, needle-punched and printed imagery. Embroidered lines and densely embroidered areas create further layers and interest.

©Maxine Sutton MA RCA


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