Hydra – British Wool Wall Hanging

by Maria Sigma United Kingdom (UK)

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Hydra wall hanging takes inspiration from a misunderstood monster of Greek Mythology ‘Hydra of Lerna’, the serpentine water monster who was reputed to be an entrance to the underworld. Using two warps layered on top of one another, creating blocks visible at the top of the hanging, then continued to leave the rest of the warp exposed, revealing the beautiful rippled layers of undyed British wool in shades of whites, greys and Welsh black.

This unique piece is a product of a slow-making process while following a ‘zero waste’ philosophy. It took its shape using two warps layered one over the other with more than 1,600 strands in total, then hand-weaving these two cloths simultaneously, by interlacing blocks visible on the surface and invisible underneath, and exposing the different natural shades of undyed wool in a distorted graphic pattern.

Inspired by the book and its illustrations “The Misunderstood Monsters Of Greek Mythology” .

In every step of the production, the ‘Zero Waste Design’ principle has been followed, aiming to decrease to the minimum yarn waste and unnecessary cuts, carbon footprints, the use of machinery, water, and electric energy. The environmental impact is being considered at all the stages of the design, the making process, and also the packaging of this item.

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Maria Sigma is a weaving practice that creates limited-edition collections, unique one-off pieces, and commission-based work for residential, commercial, and hospitality projects. Textiles with a ‘feeling at home’ - a sense of place and identity; functional or not, they reflect our daily rituals and become part of our personal collections and timeless heirlooms. Maria is an award-winning textile designer and weaver specialising in 'zero waste' ethical hand-woven textiles for abode and dwelling. She studied at Chelsea College of Art & Design and since she graduated in 2014, she has developed her own weaving practice in London. Writer of Weaving: the Art of Sustainable Textile Creation, and teacher of Weaving From Waste Workshop By using exceptional and natural materials her work celebrates a timeless high aesthetic via 'zero waste' design and a slow-making ethic, combining a contemporary approach to traditional weaving techniques and focusing on raw natural materials and texture.
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