About Me | Maria Livesey
Originally based on the north east coast of Scotland, in the late 1990's I started out as an experimental textile designer, with some of my unusual textiles working their way through to exhibitions, galleries and competitions. My early ideas circled around the notion that you could really wow folks with textiles; that you can play with the unexpected and create something unique. My original textiles involved printing, screening, and imbedding liquid plastics to create different textures and trap things like pressed flowers.
Over the years I have worked as a freelance textile designer (devoré); a commercial handbag designer; a maker of unique handbags and a freelance artist. Much of my career since 2002 (in between family life) has revolved around teaching, from mark making in primary schools to several years teaching on a BTEC Diploma in Textile Design.
In 2016 I started running leisure night classes at Priestley Collage and then took them out into the community. Now with a permanent studio, I run classes and workshops in a variety of textile and surface design processes including silk screen, lino and Gelli printing, felt making, image transfer, free-machine stitch and surface manipulation. I even incorporate how to work with chemical treatments and dyes. I engage with creative collectives, open studios, private workshops, various guilds and community projects. I also write the odd 'how-to' for a magazine every now and then.
UCLAN at Blackburn College
2002-04 Certificate in Education (Post. Compulsory) Textiles
2003 C & G Free Machine Embroidery
2002 Counselling Skills Level 1
Gray's School of Art
Robert Gordon University
MA in ART & DESIGN: Unique Textile Design and Application – ‘Silicon Relief' fabric development for handbags.
Gray's School of Art
BA (Hons) DESIGN & CRAFT: Textile Design & Surface Decoration
• Final Year: ‘Velvet & Plastic’ liquid plastic - fabric concept development.
• Dissertation Research: ‘Techno Textiles’ Exploring the definition of textiles and where it might lead us in the future.
• Yr 2/3 Textile Techniques & processes: Screen-Printing, Machine Knit, Weaving, Embroidery, Drawing, Design, Felting & Textile Technology.
• Yr 1 Subject Exploration: 3D Design, Textiles, Graphics, Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking. Photography, Life Drawing, Mac’s & Photoshop and History of Art & Design.