where she explored further the work that she had been creating in her degree.

Whilst at Cockpit Arts she took part in the summer and winter shows, where she sold all her lights, secured commissions and also received requests from students to shadow her for work experience.

Maryja went on to exhibit at the 1998 British Craft Trade Fair in London, where she was selected and given a Ted Mahoney award, being highly commended for the Award for Excellence.

After this time Maryja took a break and became involved in Interior Design. She bought and renovated her own property in '00 and attended an interior lighting course at Chelsea College of Art, in which she also studied different types of lighting and how light can be used in various interior situations.

Maryja also continued to make smaller pieces at home, securing a commission to furnish a whole house in Fulham with her lights, whilst gaining a lot of life and work experience working for architects and contractors.

In December '07 she successfully sold her home. Maryja made the decision to return to textiles and mixed media design and in late '08 set up a new studio in Clerkenwell. She is now designing new and exciting collections of work.

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