Categories: Design Factory Member News , Case Studies
DF Member of the Month - November
Maxine Greer - Flair member
Maxine joined Design Factory in 2017
Maxine employs drawing, printmaking, textiles and film, creating installations, products and animations. Transforming everyday materials into objects of desire using traditional and contemporary techniques including laser cutting, embroidery and French polishing.
Maxine will be demonstrating her craft at National Centre for Craft and Design on 11th November
Here is Maxine's story...
Where did it all begin?
I studied at Loughborough University gaining a first class BA Hons in fine art textiles. I have lectured in drawing at Edinburgh, Winchester and Birmingham. I 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.
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. Work has featured in publications including: Elle Decoration, Selvedge and Ghosts of Gone Birds. A Flair member of Design Factory, UK.
Selected recent achievements:
AA2A- artist in residence at De Montfort University- 2017 - Engage member of AA2A
2017 Artist in Residence Heltwate - special needs school Peterborough
2016- ongoing co-created Kombisketchtour- drawing and sketching in nature, promoting observational drawing. Working with Wildlife trusts and artsNK with drawing workshops. www.kombisketchtour.com
Award Winner: People's Choice Award at Peterborough City Gallery for ‘Flock Circle' an installation of 200 hand made paper sparrows as part of the Open exhibition.
I created the smallest cinema at the Melbourne Arts Festival, Derbyshire. On show was my short stop-motion animation "Storm In A Teacup" - this 3 minute film attracted over 700 visitors. Seating for the tiny cinema was a mere 7 with standing room allowing for maximum capacity of 12.
Following Origin International Craft and Design Fair, I am regularly invited to exhibit at Galerie Handwerk in Munich an international showcase of makers. The most recent show was on the theme of ‘O Christmas Tree' 2016
Promoter and Coordinator of SHIFT, a group of East Midlands artists: Yarrow Gallery, Oundle. Recent show DRAW 2017 - Yarrow Gallery, Oundle.
Creating an installation for the ONCA gallery in Brighton which was then featured in Ghost of Gone Birds publication. I am part of an international group of artists who are concerned with conservation, ecology and the impact on nature, particularly the plight of birds. www.ghostofgonebirds.com
Flock selected by Liberty for ‘Liberty Selects' window displays for ORIGIN- International Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, Spitalfields
‘Peg Tango' a stop motion film featured at the Zero Budget Film Festival in Sheffield. This short animation using peg dolls tells the story of a desire to become a synchronized swimmer.
I am co-founder of Kombisketchtour - A mobile art studio promoting observational drawing through practise. Working out in the countryside, making regular pit stops, I draw and record the changes in nature - through this study I develop the work into sculptures, prints and stop-motion animations. I am researching the role of field margins and waste land, studying the flora within and around these ruderal spaces.
What Inspires you?
Working out in the countryside, I draw the changes in nature throughout the year. I am researching the role of field margins and waste land, studying the flora within and around these ruderal spaces and their impact on biodiversity.
I use drawing, printmaking, textiles and film, creating installations, products and animations. Transforming everyday materials into objects of desire using traditional and contemporary techniques including laser cutting, embroidery and French polishing.
The ‘Mini-worlds' are made using silk, kibiso silk, wood, wire, linen, wax, horsehair, and pearls - they 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.
The range of work I do includes: ‘Mini World' small embroidered sculptures, installations - for example ‘Flock' on a small and large scale, framed original artworks and cards, limited edition screen prints, stop-motion animations using peg dolls and shown in unusual places.
What will you be demonstrating at NCCD?
I will be bringing a selection of my small sculptures- (Mini worlds), and assembling a new piece. I will also have a selection of the sketches I make in the landscape that are the inspiration for the sculptures I will be describing the materials and techniques used to create the work
Why did you join Design Factory?
It still early days but so far I've attended Df regional group meetings: Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire
Taken part in a group exhibition at Obsidian as part of Northhants group I enjoy having a network to draw upon.
Open studios as part of Kombisketchtour at Stamford Arts Centre
Meraki- Exhibition at Heart Gallery Hebden