Video: Maia is sitting pretty with Sussex Express ‘tree chair’

Talented Maia Eden has taken the Sussex Express to a new level.

She has created a ‘tree chair’ using papier-maché made from our pages.

Using her imagination: Artist Maia Eden with her unusal creation which forms part of the exhibtion

Using her imagination: Artist Maia Eden with her unusal creation which forms part of the exhibtion

It can be seen at the current ‘Treasure From Trash’ exhibition at the Linklater Pavilion in Lewes, which continues until August 31.

Maia said: “The idea is very simple and inspired by my love of trees and chairs.

“I wanted to make the chair look like it was turning back into a tree and as a mixed media artist I use all kinds of materials so have a variety of things that I could use to ‘recycle’ it.

“One of the materials I regularly work with is willow and I had some left over from a recent job. So I used that to make the branch shapes.

“As a regular reader of the Sussex Express, I decided to use only that newspaper to cover the chair in papier-maché.

“For the seat pad I used pages from ‘the past’ section and found some interesting headlines for a bit of fun.”

Maia, who has a degree in 3D Art and Design from Brighton University, has just finished working on the Patina Moving On Parade, held in Lewes on Friday, where the costumes are made predominantly from willow.

In addition to her ‘tree chair’ at the Linklater, she also made the mosaics and the ‘No Water No Life’ tile splashback upstairs at the venue and has done various projects in and around Lewes in schools and for exhibitions.

‘Treasure From Trash’ is a colourful and captivating exhibition of creative upcycling from around the world, curated by knowtrash. Families can take part in upcycling workshops led by skilled local makers, and give everyday waste a surprising new lease of life. The workshops are taking place at the Linklater on either Sundays or Wednesdays throughout this month and August.

At drop-in workshops, you can make tetrapak purses, rolled paper bracelets, junk robots, personalised notebooks and plastic paddle boats.

At pre-booked workshops, you can learn to weave plastic bags, create toys from odds and ends, collage a troll hand puppet, create a unique working clock, plait a rag rug and craft a fantastical bird from yarn.

Places for these workshops are limited and booking is through Eventbrite ‘Treasure from Trash’.