Maria Friese

“I like creating emotional landscapes as well as challenging myself to model geometrically clear structures.” Maria Friese

Maria Friese was born in 1980 in Germany. From the year 2000 to 2004 she studied ‘Textile Design’ at the Faculty for Applied Art in Schneeberg/Saxon where she also discovered felt making for the first time. Since 2005, Maria has lived in the South-west of France near Toulouse, a location from which she derives much inspiration. Her studio is situated in an idyllic landscape with an incredible panoramic view of the Pyrenees. In the surrounding nature she finds peace and inspiration which feeds into her practice. Black Sheep is the first show that Friese will have exhibited in England.

Friese uses plant dyes to colour her work, this, along with her expert eye for colour, would explain the reason why the colours within her work sit well with felt, one of the most natural of materials, when it can be all too easy to use colour to ill-effect within this medium.

Friese’s work in Black Sheep includes the monumental piece Cycle, a large wall hanging inspired by macro images of moss and seed capsules, that won her the ‘Young Designer Contest 2013’ from the prestigious organisation Atelier d’Arts de France. The hanging was created in 2011 for the exhibition Rêveries Feutrées in the Viaduc of the Arts in Paris and was then exhibited in December, 2012 at the Salon des Métiers d’Art in the Carrousel du Louvre. This work in an example of the scale that is achievable with 3D felt.

Friese’s series of symmetrical sculptured vases and vessels consist of geometrical and organic forms and motives with an almost graphical charm inspired by the scientific drawings of Ernst Haeckel. Felt is known for its unpredictability as it shrinks when it is formed and its natural association with organic shapes. These ideas are challenged by Friese as she uses her knowledge and skills within the medium to push the possibility by calculating and creating geometrically accurate forms.

Visit Maria Friese‘s website.

Images by Scott Murray







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