Color palette of the month: Maxie Adler

Oct 24, 2023 | Artist Spotlight, Color Palette of the Month, Color Palette of the Month, Featured

October Artist

Introducing our Color Palette of the Month artist, Maxie Adler!

Artwork Title: “Timelapse”

Medium: Cotton, woven.

Year: 2023

“Timelapse”, cotton, woven, 2023

Maxie’s work explores the interconnection of material culture and the environment. Maxie uses a variety of creative mediums, including weaving, dying, printing, and painting to archive the stories of our ephemeral world. She was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and received her Honors BFA in Fibers from Arizona State University.

She is rooted in the textured and resilient landscapes of the Sonoran Desert, honoring the water, plants, and wildlife that call the region home. Through her work, she calls for viewers to connect environmental consciousness with community strength, acknowledging the threads that bind us to each other and the natural world.

“Pollinators of the Sonoran Desert,” mural, 2022

I’m unequivocally influenced by the Sonoran desert – both in imagery and color selection. I grew up in the desert, these are the colors that have held me throughout my entire life. I’m not even sure that it was a conscious choice to start using the colors I do, they’re simply what I know. When color mixing, I often find myself combining bits of complimentary colors (I don’t think I’ve ever used a yellow that’s not mixed with some purple), like adding a layer of dust to each shade.

The best part of working with colors inspired by the desert is they’re limitless, I’m convinced there’s no color I can’t find here. I’ve been recently working mostly with indigo after spending a lot of time where the desert meets the sea. I’m curious to see what I tend towards next.

Maxie Adler on how she chooses her color palettes
“In my room,” hand-dyed indigo wool, woven, 2023

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