Field(s): Textile, drawing
Maria’s experience at Belgrade AIR:
“I had a great time in Belgrade! During my stay I met local artists, went to galleries/museums/art schools, had a workshop and a presentation of my art. My aim with this stay was to make patterns with inspiration from the city. So I made lots of drawings that I later brought home to Sweden and continued working with. I experienced the people in Belgrade very opened and interested in my knowledge about textile. I felt very welcomed all the time. Thanks to Gordana (and all the others) for making my stay fantastic!”
“In my work with textile, pattern is a recurring theme. I assume traditional textile techniques such as dyeing and embroidery. My process is based on time-consuming methods, accuracy and repetition. My work contains both arts and crafts.
I always work in natural materials such as wool and silk. Inspiration comes from nature and architecture, items and shapes become sketches which later on are translated in to textile-patterns. I work methodically in both large and small scale, or a combination of both. Often, I’ll give textiles a three-dimensional shape or effect that can simultaneously play on textiles’ own ability to be sculptural.
My work is concentrated mostly within my studio. It´s very important for me to have time to focus and investigate on my own. That´s how my work makes progress. But it´s also important for me to have a public platform. Therefore I show my work at shows and receive assignments for private and public contexts.”
During her stay we organized a workshop where Maria taught dyeing technique called Shiburi. She uses this technique in some of her works that include dyeing. You can see few photographs from the workshop and the outcome.
She also attended a mosaic workshop in Miljana Radojcic studio where she made her first mosaic.