I am driven by my passion for colour and texture, particularly from observing nature and interesting surfaces or shapes.
Colour psychology is important to me, so specific hues are carefully blended through dye and print.
Texture is integrated through stitch, knit, frayed edges and needle felting. Combining these techniques in various layers creates a tactile and organic cloth that is more of a 3D narrative, somewhere between representation and abstraction.
I enjoy responding to exhibition themes, specific commission briefs, teaching workshops or managing a longer term project with adult or youth groups.
Please contact me for a chat about future ideas or projects.
Thank you email
I am writing on behalf of BDEG to thank you for the wonderful talk you gave to us last Thursday. Very informative and lots of lovely samples to touch. I think all of us came away buzzing with ideas.
Thank you again, and hopefully some of us will be able to get to your studio during your open days.
Extract from thank you letter:
I would like to thank you for managing the RSPB's project to embellish our explorer bags. It was really fantastic to have someone at the college driving the project forward, inspiring the students and insisting on high standards.
Thank you for responding so thoroughly to the children's feedback on the design boards and working with us so closely to keep the project running on time.
We are extremely pleased with the final product which fits the brief very well and will help us to engage more young people at our Sandwell Valley reserve.
Thank you once again for a thoroughly professional and enjoyable approach. I hope we can work together again in the future.'
RSPB Youth and Education Officer
'Maria's body of work was outstanding. There was ample evidence of sustained research and development of both ideas and processes, and her love for the subject matter shone through. Her textile approaches interpreted the qualities of the Swedish forests and the life within them, with both sensitivity and strength. It is always difficult to select a 'winner' from amongst so many graduates, from so many colleges, all of whom exhibit work of a high calibre. This is when the WOW factor comes into play, and Maria had it in spades!!'
Textile Study Group selection panel for 'Graduate of the Year' Award, 2014
'During an exhibition hosted at Forge 2 Maria was our point of contact for the rest of the group. We were not only impressed with Maria’s work (she was selected to exhibit in the gallery after the exhibition) we also found her to be well organised and professional in every other way too.
Thank you Maria'
Debbie McCullough and Chris Wiggins
Forge 2 Gallery & Shop
Publicity for my work
Contact Magazine,Issue 44, 2017, Feature about my Capability Brown exhibition piece, pages 31-32
'Inspired by Nature', Textileartist.org ebook, April 2016, featured artist, https://resources.textileartist.org/products/textile-art-inspired-by-nature
Embroidery magazine, Volume 66, July/August 2015, page 21, 'Preview Art in Action' (see article on the right)
Textileartist.org, Interview, published May 2015
Four Shires Magazine, page 84, August 2014,
Banbury Guardian, page 31, 17th July 2014
Cover Magazine, Blog (selecting the best of New Designers 2014), 5th July 2014