inspired design

From garment construction to machine embroidery, textiles and mixed media - designer Maryja Symone Johnson has taken her skills to a different level, mixing various media. She has created not only sculpturally beautiful pieces but has brought them into a practical form; lighting.

With her metal work, the late Spanish Architect, Gaudi, inspires her. On visiting Barcelona (where Gaudi's work stands in its glory) Maryja was intrigued by such detail in pieces like the entry gates and balconies of Casa Mila and Casa Batllo.

She also has a love for Joan Miro's paintings and the 'child like' forms of his work have inspired her approach to her embroidered textiles.

Her lights, designed and hand-made with an interesting combination of raw silk, silk metallic tissue, coloured silk dupion, mild steel and iron wire. Maryja concentrates on the forms and shapes of her pieces and the detail in which she attaches these materials together.

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