I am an artist and maker based in the UK, living and working in Margate, on the Kent coast. My practice is studio based and experimental. Alongside personal work, I also work on commissioned pieces and interior projects for individuals and organisations.
After a foundation course at Amersham in Bucks, I did a BA in Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking at Ravensbourne School of Art. Many years later I completed an MA in Constructed Textiles at the Royal College of Art. In between my first degree and masters, and whilst raising a family I did a PGCE at Goldsmiths and worked as a secondary school and special needs art teacher. I also worked part time as a freelance graphic designer and textile designer while my children were growing up. Studying for my masters at the RCA for two years was a pivotal point in my career and an opportunity to reconnect with my affinity for cloth and textile making, which I had suppressed during earlier art school experiences.
With an interest in sustainable textiles, and a belief in craft making and community, for some years after graduating from the Royal College of Art, I combined making personal work and wall based pieces, with small batch production of crafted interiors products. I sold these collections of homewares from a small retail space below my studios in Margate. During that time I was committed to developing an atelier space with an eco-conscious ethos, and creating collections of sustainable, beautifully crafted pieces that were affordable and accessible. However the need to focus fully on my motivations and concerns as an artist, without the constraints of running a retail space and and interiors business eventually became paramount.
I have supplied, shown work and collaborated with the following organisations : Heals: Tottenham Court 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.
CV / BIOGRAPHY Maxine Sutton MA RCA
2005 MA RCA – Constructed Textiles: Royal College of Art
1992 PGCE – Secondary Art: Goldsmiths University
1985 BA 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
2018 “Winter Group Show’ Linden Hall Studio, Deal, Kent
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 Show. West Dean, Barn Gallery
2009 Winter Showcase. Bilston Craft Space. Wolverhampton
2009 Made 09. Corn Exchange, Chuch Street, Brighton.
2009 The Birthday Party. Flow Gallery. London.
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 Winter 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
03/2019 Elle Decoration Limited Edition Front Cover + featured in article “Weaves for the Wall” written by Katie Treggiden
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