Working out in the countryside, Maxine draws the changes in nature throughout the year.
Maxine studied at Loughborough University gaining a first class BA Hons in fine art textiles and has lectured in drawing at Edinburgh, Winchester and Birmingham.
She managed a mental health service for children and adolescents using arts based activities to engage vulnerable young people, providing outreach services delivered in schools, youth groups and working with key partners to attract funds to support the work throughout Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.
She is researching the role of field margins and waste land, studying the flora within and around these ruderal spaces and their impact on biodiversity.
Maxine is co-founder of Kombisketchtour – A mobile art studio promoting observational drawing through practise.
Using drawing, printmaking, textiles and film Maxine creates installations, products and animations. Transforming everyday materials into objects of desire using traditional and contemporary techniques including laser cutting, embroidery and French polishing.
The range of work she does includes installations – for example ‘Flock’ on a small and large scale. She was an award winner for ‘Field Margin Studies’ at Leicester City Gallery 2017 and ‘Peoples Choice Award’ at the Peterborough City Gallery for Flock Circle an installation of 200 paper sparrows.
Maxine also creates framed original artworks and cards, limited edition screen prints, stop-motion animations using peg dolls and shown in unusual places.
Her work for MERAKI is her fabulous ‘Mini World’ small embroidered sculptures. These are made using silk, kibiso silk, wood, wire, linen, wax, horsehair and pearls. ‘Mini-worlds’ are based in Temari, a Japanese embroidery technique, resulting not in formal pattern but a surface rendered with thread. They hint at museum collections and micro nature, pinning down the subject ready for study.
Having previously been featured in publications including: Elle Decoration, Selvedge and Ghosts of Gone Birds we are delighted to feature Maxine’s work here in Hebden Bridge. Follow Maxine over on Instagram.