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Maria Simonsson
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Maria Simonsson
I have worked with textiles all my life and tried many different techniques. I really started to feel at home when discovering a three dimensional technique, working with wire armatures and covering them with fabric. I made all manner of shapes – figures and vessels. Over several years, the work became more and more about the stitching, until now, I often leave the armature behind and move onto a flat surface to be able to concentrate even more on the stitch. I use textiles that come from many sources. Most of them are recycled, which, to me, adds another level of richness to the work, because the fabric is evolving in its useful history. The texture and color of the fabric create the framework, but the stitching tells the story. That’s the most important part to me. Over the years, my work has become more minimalist in design and more complex in its stitched elements. The physical process of stitching is very time consuming, but it is a zen-like experience that gives me a sanctuary in time, in a hectic world.