Hey, I'm Maisie the maker behind The Island Makers alongside traceless. I make a variety of products which all have the aim to promote sustainable living using traditional, alternative low impact techniques. I mainly work with textiles particularly
naturally dying with plants, embroidery and water based screen printing.
I grew up in North Yorkshire and was luckily enough to spend my annual family holidays on scilly and now i'm even luckier to call this place home. Age 17, I packed a suitcase and headed to scilly to work for the season (a few months later I was joined by my older brother and my parents at the start of 2019). After my first season I returned to college then was straight back to Scilly again for the summer before starting university in 2018. I went to to Falmouth university to study sustainable product design where I could combine my passion for sustainability with desire to create things.
Despite seeming the perfect course for me I found being in education compromised my creativity as due to having dyslexic I spent more time attempting to complete the write-ups and less on the practical work. I decided that after the first year of studies I would leave the course move back to the isles of Scilly and start a small business selling hand made items.
Its been just over a year since starting out an I have learnt so much and enjoyed becoming part of the creative community on scilly. I'm lucky to be based a Phoenix Craft studios on St Marys surrounded by a bunch of talented makers.