Maggie Hensel-Brown is a Sydney based artist, working predominantly in needle lace techniques.
She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Newcastle in 2014, and in the same year opened The Workroom, a small gallery and workspace as a part of the Renew Newcastle initiative. She worked there for two years as director and curator.
In 2015, Hensel-Brown took a class in Reticella at the annual general conference of the Australian Lace Guild. Since then her practice has been dedicated entirely to lace making. She has travelled and studied needle lace in England, Italy, the United States, the Netherlands, and all around Australia.
Her lace takes techniques from various needle traditions to create contemporary imagery. Inspired by classical pictorial needle lace panels (especially the Judith and Holofernes panel at the Powerhouse Museum), Hensel-Brown’s work tells stories of the most mundane parts of her life. A single woman, living in a share house, working odd jobs and experiencing the highs and lows of contemporary life.
Her works have been exhibited widely throughout Australia and the United States. Most notably in the Lace, Not Lace exhibition at the Hunterdon Art Museum, New Jersey USA, Seeing Red at the Lockup gallery NSW, Home is more than a place, Hamilton Gallery VIC, and Festival of Lace, Gallery 76 NSW.
Hensel-Brown also teaches regular classes in Sydney and online and is a frequent educator and panelist at lace making conferences, most recently the Festival of Lace in Sydney, and the Doily Free Zone digital conference in 2021.