COMPETITION: WIN THE HAND-WOVEN CLOTH MADE AT ‘THE FUTURE OF CRAFT’ DURING LONDON CRAFT WEEK

Get the chance to win a hand-woven cloth made by Maria Sigma at ‘The Future Of Craft’ at Bargehouse Oxo Tower during London Craft Week in collaboration with Design Nation.

Maria Sigma at Bargehouse during LCW shot by Dan Weill Photography.

Maria Sigma at Bargehouse during LCW shot by Dan Weill Photography.

At a time when there is a surge of interest in craft and in a dialog with the inaugural exhibition of The Harewood Biennial ‘Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters’, Maria seeks for answers to this question.

To enter the competition send an email to info@mariasigma.com [Subject: LCW Competition] with your contact details and answering the question: ‘Why craft matters (to you)?’ until Sunday 30th of June.

WHY CRAFT MATTERS (TO ME)?

Living in a digital era of single-use objects, where people discard things easily, the need for tangible and real materials arises. Craft is more than just a way of making things; for me it’s a way of thinking and living in the most sustainable way. It questions the different processes of dealing with the material world, and it brings back a certain level of human dignity. Craft calms down our high-speed society. In a way, craft is a tool to connect the heritage of the past with our present. Craft can invest a context of regionalism and history to our convenience-based economy. Craft is an event that starts with a physical sense of relationship between materials and people.

More specifically, hand-weaving - one of the oldest crafts, like a portal to past eras and candlelit work environments, brings back a long- forgotten, almost romantic, collaboration of the body and the mind, and relationship between the domesticity and the creativity.

Hand-crafted goods remind us how and why we are humans - they carry a story, maker’s personality and the emotional state of their creator. Textile heirlooms, passed on from one generation to another, become narrative objects of great sentimental value, which encompass a particular sense of belonging for me: ‘feeling at home’.

CLOTH:

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DIMENSIONS: approx. 135 x 115 cm

MATERIALS: 100% natural undyed British wool
CLEAN & CARE: hand-washing /washing machine: hand-wash/wool cycle in max. 30°C / & low spin, ironing/steaming in medium temperature
TO BE USED: sofa/floor cushion cover(s), fabric for garment(s)/accessories, baby blanket/throw/mini- blanket, fabric for upholstery: arm-chair, ottoman, stool/chair top.

DETAILS:

ENTER COMPETITION: email info@mariasigma.com with your answer to ‘Why craft matters (to you)?’

SUBJECT: ‘LCW Competition’

DEADLINE: Sunday 30th of June

The winner will get notified by email.

IMPORTANT: 1. The cloth is for personal and non-profit use only. You may not sell the cloth itself as a whole , as a part, as an addition to any other product(s)/good(s), nor as an item(s) made from it. 2. By entering the competition you are subscribing to the newsletter. You can unsubscribe anytime.

For all enquiries email: maria@mariasigma.com

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Maria Sigma: at home with Hole & Corner

SPECIAL EVENT : 20th 21th OF MARCH | LIMITED SPACES

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I am excited to announce, and invite you to join us for the first in a new series of Hole & Corner making retreats based in Dorset at the home of Sam Walton, the founder and creative vision behind the magazine.

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At Home with Hole & Corner will create a platform to pair with one of our favourite makers, with the aim to deliver a personal and fulfilling experience in a truly special setting. For the first instalment we are delighted to partner with Maria Sigma , the award winning textile designer who specialises in luxurious hand-woven products with a zero-waste ethos.


The event will take place over two days (Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd March) and include lunch alongside a full day of learning and making, with everyone very welcome to join for either one or both days.

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The workshops will be focussed on the craft of hand-weaving with frame looms, and will provide the opportunity for everyone to learn foundational weaving skills. Not just about specific skills, the aim is to guide and encourage each student to establish their own style and approach to colour, techniques and materials, whilst creating their own hand woven textile that can be further developed and used however you choose beyond the event – let your imagination take you!

The event will be capped at 8 people per day to ensure that everyone receives a full experience of working and learning, and will take place on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd March (10am-6pm).

The event day will also include a visit from local producers and artisans, as well as an optional walk in the local Dorset countryside.


FOR MORE DETAIL AND TO BOOK YOUR PLACE PLEASE VISIT HOLE & CORNER WEBSITE

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MS @ The Evening Standard

Looming marvellous:the ancient art of weaving is finding new fans as we reconnect with tactile materials in a digital age

Small in scale, London's modern weavers want you to explore handmade products in an era of mass-production.

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by Barbara Chandler

Click here to read the full article.

MS @ MAKE Hauser & Wirth Somerset Gallery

‘Opening Narratives’

Maria Sigma Ariadne (of the Sea) Wall Hanging MAKE Hauser & Wirth

I am delighted to announce that I am one of the seven makers exhibiting at the first exhibition of MAKE, the new gallery space of Hauser & Wirth Somerset, dedicated to contemporary making and crafted objects. I am showcasing a collection of three new very special and one of a kind wall hangings.

THE COLLECTION:

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Maria Sigma Hestia Wall Hanging MAKE Hauser & Wirth
Maria Sigma Hestia Wall Hanging MAKE Hauser & Wirth

HESTIA -Double Cloth- Wall Hanging

Materials: natural undyed British wool, natural undyed linen, natural undyed jute, natural undyed recycled cotton & dyed British lambswool (Aegean Blue details)

Dimensions: 85 x 160 cm

One of a kind piece made with two woollen warps and a linen/jute/cotton weft, in plain weave creating a tube format and following the ‘zero waste’ philoshophy.

Hestia (/ˈhɛstiə/; Greek: Ἑστία) is an ancient Greek virgin goddess of the hearth, fireside, architecture, and the right ordering of domesticity, the family, the home.
Hestia's name means "hearth, fireplace, altar”, stemming from the same root as the English verbal form was (PIE*h
2wes- "to live, dwell, pass the night"). It thus refers to the oikos, the household, house, or family.

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Maria Sigma Ariadne (of the Sea) Wall Hanging MAKE Hauser & Wirth
Maria Sigma Ariadne (of the Sea) Wall Hanging MAKE Hauser & Wirth

ARIADNE (OF THE SEA) Wall Hanging

Materials: natural undyed British wool, natural undyed linen, natural undyed recycled cotton& dyed British lambswool (Aegean Blue details)

Dimensions: 145 x 98 cm

One of a kind piece made with a woollen warp and a linen/cotton/wool weft in a textured lace-style distorted diamond, following the ‘zero waste’ philosophy.

Ariadne (/ˌæriˈædni/; Greek: Ἀριάδνη; Latin: Ariadne) is an ancient Greek Mythology heroine, daughter of Pasiphaë and the Cretan king Minos. As per Homer's Odyssey, she felt in love with the Athenian hero Theseus and, with a thread or glittering jewels, helped him escape the Labyrinth after he slew the Minotaur, a beast half bull and half man that Minos kept in the Labyrinth.

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Maria Sigma Alcyone (of the Sky) Wall Hanging MAKE Hauser & Wirth
Maria Sigma Alcyone (of the Sky) Wall Hanging MAKE HAuser & Wirth

ALCYONE (OF THE SKY) Wall Hanging

Materials: natural undyed British wool, dyed British lambswool (Aegean Blue details)

Dimensions: 60 x 165 cm

One of a kind piece made with a woollen warp and weft in a textured ‘broken’ twill, following the ‘zero waste’ philosophy.

Alcyone (/ælˈsaɪəˌni/; Ancient Greek: Ἁλκυόνη, Halkyón), designated Eta Tauri, is a multiple star system in the constellation of Taurus. The name Alcyone originates with Greek mythology; Alcyone (derived from alkyon αλκυων “kingfisher") in Greek mythology, was the name of one of the Pleiades or Seven Sisters. When her husband died in a shipwreck, Alcyone threw herself into the sea whereupon the gods transformed them both into halcyon birds (kingfishers). When Alcyone made her nest on the beach, waves threatened to destroy it. Aeolus restrained his winds and kept them calm during seven days in each year, so she could lay her eggs. These became known as the "halcyon days," when storms do not occur. Today, the term is used to denote a past period that is being remembered for being happy and/or successful.


About ‘Opening Narratives’

Make’s inaugural exhibition entitled ‘Opening Narratives’ is a celebration of seven makers working with wood, ceramics, textiles and metal. With the resurgence of interest in craft skills, the landscape of making is changing and with it a dynamic generation of young makers with a shared passion for knowledge, process and materials has come to the fore. The makers exhibited possess an intimate understanding of their material and whether working with methods rooted in tradition or employing new techniques, materiality and process go hand-in-hand. The exhibition reflects the new visibility and significance of making and the re-evaluation of the crafted object, whilst bringing together seven makers with work of exceptional creativity and substance.


Hauser & Wirth Somerset Senior Director Alice Workman says:

‘Hauser & Wirth Somerset has a wide and varied programme encompassing art, architecture, gardens, landscape, farming, food, education, and community. Since opening, we have celebrated independent designer makers, stocking their products in our shop and holding ‘meet the maker’ events. Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a great opportunity for us to take this further, by holding curated exhibitions that present a unique selection of work by some of the best craftspeople and makers working today. It’s also a fantastic chance for us to bring our audience directly into the town of Bruton.’

“Occupying two rooms of a Georgian Townhouse in Bruton, Somerset, Make is a new gallery space from Hauser & Wirth Somerset, dedicated to contemporary making and the crafted object. Curated by Jacqueline Moore, formerly of the Moore Gallery, the space has a remit to explore and celebrate the re-evaluation of craftsmanship within the artistic community. the inaugural show, Opening Narratives, features the work of seven makers, most of whom will be familiar to those who have followed Hole & Corner over the years, including Alexander Devol, Olivia Walker, Florian Gadsby and Maria Sigma. A much needed addition and another example of the elevation of the designer-maker…”

Hole & Corner Magazine // CULTURE JOURNAL: SIX THINGS TO DO IN OCTOBER

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MAKE Hauser & Wirth Somerset:

13 High Street, Bruton

Wednesday to Saturday: 10 am – 1 pm & 2 pm – 4 pm

27th of September until the 24th of November

www.hauserwirth.com


For orders please contact the studio.

MS @ Evening Standard // The highlights of London Craft Week 2018

'Home of Craftsmanship' at Bourdon House - Hole & Corner X Dunhill

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Hole and Corner collaborated with Dunhill this year, taking over their Mayfair flagship store at Bourdon House. Curating the ‘Home of Craftsmanship’, the store was filled with live demonstrations from various artisans: glassblowing with Michael Ruh, pottery with Florian Gabsby, weaving with Maria Sigma, spoon carving with Mark Reddy, knife making with Pole and Hunt and leather tailoring with the Dunhill team themselves. It was an innovative way to showcase an array of crafts and connect personally with the makers.

Read the full article here.

MS at the "Home of Craftsmanship" for the London Craft Week 2018

Hole & Corner and dunhill are collaborating to produce The Home of Craftsmanship – an inspirational creative hub at the centre of the 2018 edition of London Craft Week.

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From Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th May, Bourdon House, dunhill’s flagship townhouse store will open its doors to all and Hole & Corner will curate a series of live demonstrations, installations workshops and discussions.

Each room within the home will be transformed to offer the visitors a unique opportunity to witness the work and skill of some of the UK’s most respected makers. A set of workshops will also allow guests to learn spoon-carving and leatherworking – just be sure to book your place in advance!

Makers-in-residence over the week will include glass artist Michael Ruh and ironworker Alex Pole, both demonstrating their craft in the courtyard; renowned ceramicist Florian Gadsby throwing in the Rotunda Room; wood sculptor Mark Reddy carving spoons on the Lower Ground floor; textile weaver Maria Sigma working live on a loom in the Tailor Room; and two dunhill master-craftsmen in leather and tailoring from the Walthamstow Factory and Bourdon House in the Mahogany Room.

Hole & Corner will also present a programme of talks and conversations around the subject of ‘Home’. These discussions will include renowned perfumer Lyn Harris talking with the talented interior designer Ilse Crawford, and the innovative architect Jonathan Tuckey in conversation with Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill, co-founders of pioneering estate agency The Modern House.

On the lower floor of the home, there will be a selection of films, shown in dunhill’s private cinema, further exploring the themes of craftsmanship, art and design. A dedicated café space will also be open for visitors to sit down, unwind, and feel at home whilst leafing through a curated selection of books and magazines – the epitome of a hole-and-corner in the centre of London Craft Week.

London Craft Week 2018 will run from 10th to 12th of May. Find the full programme here.