A mature student from Banbury and Bicester College has fought off strong competition to be named the Textile Study Group’s (TSG) Graduate of the Year 2014.
The judging panel chose Maria Boyle, of Avon Dassett, from hundreds of emerging graduate designers who were exhibiting their work at the New Designers show at the famous Business Design Centre, Islington.
Sarah Burgess of TSG said: “Maria’s work shows a strong use of colour with a well-developed concept from sound research references. It is an extensive and sustained body of work.
“Maria creates beautiful soft cloths. Some are pieced and patched, others are created by the subtle use of needle felt and texture, in long strips which are effortlessly draped.
“Fabric is dyed in shades of ochre and greens which are subtly blended. She has a passion for what she does and an ability to communicate with her audience.”
Maria, who has just graduated with a BA (Hons) in Design Crafts from Banbury and Bicester College, delivered in partnership with DeMontfort University, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won this award, and especially to have been selected from the pool of graduates at New Designers.
“It was wonderful to be shortlisted but to be chosen as the winner was just amazing – it has still not really sunk in!
“The three judges seemed to really connect with my work which was so gratifying when the Textile Study Group are such a prestigious and experienced textile artist group.”
Maria’s Lichen Collection references her love of the forest environment, fostered by childhood visits to her maternal family in Northern Sweden.