Maria Sigma | Woven Textiles
Maria Sigma | Woven Textiles is an award-winning London based textile brand specialising in hand-weaving. Weaving is my way of putting the everyday chaos in order and make something honest and beautiful out of it. Inspired by her Greek heritage and by the colour palette of the British landscape, in combination with a love for maths and craftsmanship Maria creates vibrant, but minimal, contemporary textiles that creatively interpret long-established traditional craft techniques and styles. By emphasising the raw quality of the materials and texture and removing any superfluous elements, her work pays close attention to usability and aiming at producing high-quality luxurious interior products designed to become timeless heirlooms. My approach to design is based on the idea of creating beautiful functional textiles and objects through 'zero waste' design and craftsmanship by re-interpreting traditional craft techniques in a lively and contemporary way. High-quality and sustainable natural fibres (British wool) are key to the philosophy of my work, in which the aspiration for textile longevity through simplicity and sensibility is essential. After completing her studies in Textile Conservation in Greece she went on to complete a degree in Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design. She has been a recipient of Cockpit Arts / 'Clothworkers' Award 2015 & 2016. In 2017 she has achieved investment support from The Prince's Trust and Virgin Start-Up Scheme. With their support she has invested in a brand new ﬂoor Dobby loom and new studio in East London.