Craft Cubed: Maximillian Malone | Collage & Image-Making workshop

Images courtesy of the artist, 2019

Images courtesy of the artist, 2019

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Craft Cubed Presents: Maximillian Malone | Collage & Image-Making workshop with Maximillian Malone


A unique opportunity to visit this converted mechanics yard, now art-studio, and to explore a variety of image-making techniques with collage specialist Maximillian Malone. The artist will provide all the materials, including access to his vast cut-out library for you to experiment with. The session will combine both hands-on methods along with digital editing. Participants will learn a number of the processes within a laid back and creative environment.

What’s the significance of the handmade to you?

My personal fascination with using my hands to work is a complete need and addiction; a kind of therapy and meditation at the same time. When I spend too long away from my work I start to feel less like myself, it's part of my identity to make and create. Ever since I was a child, making by hand has been really important to both my health and happiness. Presently my collage craft has also become my livelihood too. I've managed to give up my work within hospitality and focus full time on my passion. The more I dedicate the more I'm increasingly finding that there are so many new and exiting avenues to explore; new potential possibilities on where and how to apply my trade within the working world.

How would you describe your craft community?

Like a DJ with a focus on Hip-Hop music; I'm a visual sampler, who cuts & chops previous printed artefacts into new creations of my own. It's not a traditional craft by any means, my process of remixing paper ephemera into new images; incorporating elements both new and old, into my own originals. I'm also heavily influenced by my location and surroundings. My craft is truly at the mercy of whatever materials I can get hold of, whether its finding magazines in Op Shops, or searching in Markets, or Vintage Stores. My practise is dependant on what I can gather from the world around me. My craft is a process of selecting imagery, dissecting it from where it came from, and then transplanting it into a new world, often surreal, pop-art influenced but always sincere and true to myself.

What is your earliest craft memory?

Making a rocket-ship from all the items in the family recycling bin! Every egg-box, carton, tube, plastic lid and container I just found too interesting to be thrown away! The structures and objects were so intriguing. As a small child I remember so clearly even thinking rubbish like a toilet roll tube is such a clever and interesting thing!

What is your philosophy or motto when it comes to creativity?

'An Artist is not a special kind of person, but every person is a special kind of Artist'. I believe we're all l creative somehow, it's about how we find, harness and channel this energy into something positive for us and others. I have not always known how to make a trade from my craft, but I've always believed in the process, and have tried to always remain positive even when things aren't working out so well.

Where do you go in Melbourne for inspiration?

If the weather is fine then I take a short stroll down to CERES in Brunswick East, where I'll get a coffee from the Grocery Store/Cafe, then just sit, watch and listen.

What are you reading OR listening to at the moment?

I'm loving my newly acquired full collection of illustrated Encyclopaedias by Arthur Mee, printed in the early 20th Century. As a collage artist, finding interesting books is the biggest and most exciting part of my practise.

How would you describe your studio or making environment?

I've recently taken the plunge and moved my studio out from my home. Now I have clear division between work and play. At first it made my house feel a little empty and characterless, but I've grown to like the simplicity and minimalism at home, compared to the madness and mayhem I submit myself to within my studio environment. The studio has a large standing island desk in the centre, I don't like sitting down for too long!

How does "good" craft make you feel?

To transform my collage practise into a ceramic-mosaic hybrid, so that I can go onto create exterior collages that could go on to live beyond my own lifetime. Big and epic public installations and hugely colourful pieces, great question, my mind is spinning with ideas!

What is your dream craft collaboration - if history and geography and money was no barrier?

To transform my collage practise into a ceramic-mosaic hybrid, so that I can go onto create exterior collages that could go on to live beyond my own lifetime. Big and epic public installations and hugely colourful pieces, great question, my mind is spinning with ideas!

What other Craft Cubed events are you excited about?

I'm collaborating with maker Mattt, (mattt.com.au) who creates brilliant, stylish and durable bags, we're releasing a series combining both my visuals with his materials! I can't wait to hold the finished bags and see them exhibited as part of the Craft Cubed window walk.

Find out more about Maximillian Malone
Instagram: @maximillian.malone