Maxine Sutton

Maxine Sutton (RCA trained, textile maker)

Maxine Sutton is a designer / maker working with textiles and paper. She originally studied Fine Art and later trained in textiles at the RCA.

Maxine's stockists and commissions have included: Heals, Liberty, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Anthropologie, Autour Du Monde, The Art Group, Selvedge Magazine, and Galison Publishing.

Maxine also has a PGCE from Goldsmiths, with experience teaching children and adults in a variety of settings

Describe your approach to teaching.

I teach simple techniques that can be used in different ways to enable students to develop a personal language and the confidence to express their ideas via textiles.

My approach focusses on exploring individual students starting points and motivation, to enable them to get the most out of a course.

What inspires your own work?

I am motivated by the material qualities of ink, paint, fabrics, threads and yearns. And how abstracted forms can describe and signify what is on the periphery or the unseen.

And I am probably miserable if I don't make work, which is the most honest way I know of describing what inspires me. Sustainability and making responsibly, with love and care, is always a priority.

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