Maude grew up in the outback mining town of Broken Hill and moved to Adelaide in the late 1970s.
She has been making felt since 1996. It began as part of her interest in millinery, but she soon fell in love with this magical process. The inspiration for many of her designs is the Australian bush, in particular her 300 acre block of mallee that sits on the clifftops at Big Bend overlooking the Murray River in South Australia.
She produces work for exhibitions and retail outlets around Australia. Her work has also been shown in New Zealand and Japan. She teaches feltmaking techniques to interested beginner and advanced felt makers alike.
“It is wonderful to see people leave my workshops with a piece they are proud to wear and happy to say they made”
Maude combines her own techniques with a wealth of skills gathered and adapted over the years from workshops with renowned felt artists including: Jory Johnston (Japan/USA), Leini Nelson (Finland), Sheila Smith (UK), Polly Stirling (USA/Australia), Alexander Pillin (Russia), Chad Alice Hagen (USA) and Anita Larkin (Australia).
In 2010 she was selected as artist-in-residence at the Echigo-Tsumari Triennial in Japan; a 3 month project funded through the Australian Embassy, Tokyo. During this residency she developed the Nuno Notan technique, mounting a solo exhibition and teaching numerous workshops to local residents.
She has recently been invited to teach felting in Taiwan in 2016.
Maude is a founding member of T'Arts, the well known Textile and Arts Collective in Adelaide's Gays Arcade. The collective is now in its 14th year.