Maria Sigma

Maria Sigma is a textiles designer and specialist hand-weaver who grew up in Greece surrounded by hand-made textiles. After completing her degree in Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and receiving investment support from The Prince's Trust and Virgin Start-Up Scheme, Maria went on to establish her London studio space. Particularly influenced by the innovative work of Sheila Hicks and minimalist designs of Anni Albers, Maria aims to highlight the importance of weaving through everyday, functional textiles.

Textile Artist

Maria Sigma

London

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THE PROCESS

Maria’s minimalist textile collection is inspired by a traditional Greek Cycladic crocheted lace pattern, and a weaving technique known as pile-making. Her cushions are handwoven on a floor loom using all-natural, sustainable materials such as cashmere, British Alpaca and British lambswool. Her palette is created by mixing undyed yarns, which produces unique colour combinations.

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Q&A

1. What motivates you to make?

Weaving is my way of putting the everyday chaos in order and to make something honest and beautiful out of it. Materials, weaving techniques and sustainability motivate me the most when it comes to making, and when I am not working on a specific brief or commissioned project, I gather materials that I like and let them guide me. I aim to create interesting textures by embracing the raw state of hand-weaving and I particularly enjoy how technical weaving and use of machinery demands detailed planning.

2. What and/or who are you most inspired or influenced by?

Inspiration comes from a variety of elements; nature, music, poetry, art, craftsmanship, memories, experiences, people, history. It’s like a collage of things gathered together, which transforms into something new. I believe my work has been particularly influenced by Sheila Hicks and Annie Albers. The former for her innovative and experimental weavings and her passion for natural materials and personal narratives. And the latter for her deep technical skills and minimalist aesthetic.

3. What is your unique approach to your craft, and how have you honed your skills?

I strongly believe in highlighting the importance of weaving. Fabrics reside in the everyday and inhabit almost every corner of a household; they create a boundary between us and nature, the culture of the body and the external world.

They contribute to creating a sense of something familiar and beloved – but often go unnoticed. My approach is based on creating beautiful functional textiles and objects through 'zero waste' design and excellent craftsmanship. By re-interpreting traditional craft techniques in a lively and contemporary way, I aspire to create textile longevity through simplicity and sensibility. High quality and sustainable natural fibers are key to the philosophy of my work.

4. What is your definition or proudest moment as a maker so far?

I was honoured to be a recipient of the Cockpit Arts / 'Clothworkers' Award 2015 & 2016. I was also very honoured to be one of the makers exhibited at the inaugural exhibition of the new space MAKE dedicated to crafts of Hauser & Wirth in Bruton in 2018. A great highlight was also that my work was exhibited as part of the ‘Good Design Greece Exhibition’ at EMST (National Museum of Contemporary Art) in Athens Greece. And my most recent highlight was my collaboration with Soho House Tel-Aviv where I made two large wall hangings / roman-panels.

5. What is your dream project?

I have plenty! If I had to choose only one, I would say creating a collection of hand-made furniture upholstery with my textiles.

 

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  1. Ariadne Cushion in Mustard Yellow (Square)
    Ariadne Cushion in Mustard Yellow (Square)
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  2. Ariadne Cushion in Sandstone (Square)
    Ariadne Cushion in Sandstone (Square)
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