Holding On and Letting Go, in between cloth and paper
Earlier this year I worked on a new series of one-off prints and collages. I’ve written something below on how they come about.
I originally trained in Fine Art and much later did a textiles MA at the Royal College of Art so I approach interiors and making in a fairly eclectic way and I am continuously moving between paper and cloth, making artworks and functional products. Drawing on paper as a very young child, likely came before making with cloth; although it was so soon after those first scribbles that I spent time with my grandmother Noona, making assorted felt things and dolls clothes with J Cloths, that I remember the two processes as something my hands have always done. Much later at art school, whilst studying painting, l learned to screen print on paper. Therefore my work with textiles has always existed alongside drawing and other related paper activities like cutting, folding, printing and sticking.
For a while now I have been collecting the paper offset prints I take from ink saturated forms I have printed on cloth. I go back to these papers, like imprints or memories of the cloth panels, and I use them to create new images and forms. These paper based pieces aren’t preparatory, or sketchy and there is no hierarchy for me, I see the paper collages and prints running parallel to the textiles I make. I feel that the processes inform one another but its hard to pin down. The offset textures are a record where memory and marks go on to become a part of something else. The papers form compositional starting points. And so in the resulting works, reside the ghosts of the cloths surface and structure, alongside abstracted (sometimes figurative) images of rooms, furniture and objects.
From these paper explorations I return to fabric and after a while back to paper. There is a push and a pull, always a process of holding on and letting go, where the qualities of each material create resistance or a yielding.
Maxine Sutton MA RCA. 2017
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