Maisy Lewin-Sanderson

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An illustrator who likes to use a combination of different mediums, snip her work up and put it back together again. Maisy finds working in this way stops her becoming stagnant. Working physically with things she can move around and re-jig, and challenges her to find more interesting ways to present or compose things.

Maisy Lewin-Sanderson’s most recent project was based on bar and music venue called Night and Day. The project emerged from her own curiosity and observations within the Northern Quarter. She approached the bar with a Risograph print she done of the outside of the building. Maisy asked if anyone had any interesting stories they could tell about the venue.

Although, originally she was going to approach a few different places in the northern quarter, Night and Day took her by surprise with such a fascinating background story. ‘I found that Night and Day started out as a fish’n’chip shop with jazz bands on, and it morphed over the years into the venue it is today’. After interviews with the promoter, owner and bar staff, she collated the transcripts and started to highlight areas of interest. ‘I chose parts of the conversations I wanted to document and illustrate. When it came to illustrating, without realising I started to develop myself a new way of working, by building up the illustrations.’ She cut paper, to later let the characters evolve from the shapes. Oil pastels, crayons, and different coloured papers built up a detailed texture. These illustrations turned into a publication on the venue, each spread she did, allowed for her to discover more about this new practice she had discovered. Thoughts were made on how she could evolve it. Maisy put the illustrations alongside the sections chosen from the interview. ‘I enjoy colliding type with my illustrations, and how I could display them both together’.

The majority of publication was printed on GF Smith Beer Paper, as well as the odd piece of tracing paper. Maisy organised an exhibition and launch at Night and Day it’s self. This unique project of observation, was very well received by those closely linked to the venue, be that staff members or the regular visitors. Creating a sense of place as well as documenting these personal experiences. Furthermore, Maisy pulled in a huge crowd of creatives to celebrate people’s memories. She had managed to capture a little snippet of time, and use her beautiful illustrations to do so.

Alongside this project, Maisy has been working on larger scale murals. A design which was again, formed from small observations in the city. Moving away from her typical delicately hand bound zines, she enjoyed the process of taking her works to a larger scale, within a public environment.

Fiona Finchett