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Maria Grigoriou

  • Fabric sculptor
  • Athens, Greece
  • Master Artisan
Maria Grigoriou Fabric sculptor
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Greek, English, French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+30 2108954278
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New concepts in an old craft

  • • Maria likes to experiment with materials and techniques
  • • She uses paper to create pieces with a textile-like appearance
  • • She finds inspiration everywhere, from nature to poetry to old textiles

Maria Grigoriou decided to focus on woven textiles and tapestry while studying at West Surrey College of Art in Farnham, England, which was well known for its textile department. “It was there that I got up close to a loom for the first time. Upon my return to Greece, I travelled all over the country to record the different looms used and the different types of weaving, to interview women about what they could remember about natural dyeing and generally to record whatever I could about a craft that has a very long history in the country,” she says. In recent years her work has become increasingly conceptual, as she applies textile and weaving techniques to non-traditional materials including paper, to create contemporary works.

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Works

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Imaginative Landscapes series

Part of the Imaginative Landscapes series, this paper pulp bowl was made using cotton, thread and natural indigo dye. For the base, Maria used a simple piece of wood, colored with indigo pigments. Conceived for a collective exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens, this series was presented under the title Afi-affair and was inspired by living and imaginative Greek landscapes.

Diameter 15 cm
Height 9 cm

Maria Grigoriou Fabric sculptor
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Imaginative Landscapes series

Maria conceived this paper pulp bowl working with cotton, thread and wood. Her use of deep blue natural indigo dye serves as a reminder of real and imaginative seaside landscapes. Made for a collective exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens, this piece is part of her Imaginative Landscapes series.

Diameter 10 cm
Height 8 cm

Maria Grigoriou Fabric sculptor
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Imaginative Landscapes series

Invited to participate in a collective exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Maria chose to create paper pulp bowls to hold memories. Made out of cotton, thread, wood and natural indigo dye, this piece is part of her Imaginative Landscapes series, for which she was inspired by Greek seaside landscapes.

Diameter 15 cm
Height 9 cm

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Hat with lace

Maria created this hat with lace using handmade cotton waxed paper, silver and natural dye. It was inspired by the Benaki Museum’s permanent displays of Greek traditional costumes; it was exhibited there under the title Upside-Down.

Length 20 cm
Height 10 cm
Depth 20 cm

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Pleated Transparency bracelet

Inspired by the Benaki Museum's Chraaats exhibition, this bracelet was made from handmade cotton paper and thread, with a glass bead from India. Displayed in the museum's shop, it was conceived according to the exhibition's theme of 'fashion from paper'. Maria used natural red and indigo pigments to colour the bracelet.

Length 16 cm
Depth 8 cm

Maria Grigoriou Fabric sculptor

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