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MaDe Finalist
Name

Maria Mayer

Material
AlgaePattern
Nationality
German
Classification
Vegetable
Workshop
Milan
Category
Future Vision
Profile

*1991 Munich | 2010 High School Graduation | 2010-2013 Training as a tailor for men’s costume, State Theater of Bavaria, Munich | 2013 – 2019 B.A of Fine Arts in Textiledesign, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design, Halle | 2018 Birth of my daughter Aurora | since 2019 Freelance work

2011 Winner of the bronzemediallie, Avant-garde competition of the Association of Custom Tailors of Bavaria | 2012 Winner of the First Prize, Avant-garde competition of the Association of Custom Tailors of Bavaria | 2011 + 2014 Advanced training for cosetery, Tailoring guild of Bavaria, Munich | 2013 Winner of Third Prize for Best Join Piece of tailoring guild Germany | since 2015 Head of DIY courses for textile printing | 2015 Assistant for Exhibition “Textildesign –  From Experiment to Series”, Halle |2016-2018 Student Assistent for research programm “Organic Prints” | 2016 Nominee for Giebichenstein Designprize, Category Most interesting experiment | 2016 Exhibition Giebichenstein Designprize, Halle | 2017 Artist in residenc, France | 2019 Exhibition “Bio – Kunststoff, oder beides?”, Halle | 2019 Work scholarship for research in structures for bioplastic, Fabtextiles Barcelona, Spain | 2020 MaDe Workshop, Milano | 2020 Work scholarship, Art foundation of Saxony Anhalt and Kloster Bergesche Stiftung, Halle.

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Material Qualities
Color: Natural colours, Cochenille|pink , Jasmin|blue , Tumeric|yellow
Soft / hard: elastic, soft and hard pattern
Shiny / matt: matt skin
Smells: no, (a bit a jasminflower when using blue)
Texture: from twodimensional to threedimensional , haptic soft and pleasant
Others: size can variate from small pieces to endless pattern creations
Material Recipe
ALGAE COMPOUND
40 ml coloured water
1,6 g AgarAgar
0-5,4 ml Glycerin | depends on wished flexibility

MORDANT
Cotton | Silk | Linen |Viskose
15 % weigh of fabrics Aluminium sulfate

DYE BATHS
4 L Water
0.5 g Naturalpigment Jasmin | Cochenille
1.5 g Natural pigment Tumeric

| Alternativ to Agar can be used Gellan, with this ingredient the textiles are washable until almost 90°C
Material Application
I see applications for the textiles in fashion and interior.
- Silk Shirts/dresses/skirts
- Linen/Cotton pants, Coats, Hats, Bags
- Curtains
- Tapestry
Material Narrative
The great fascination for me lies in the beauty of the colours from nature, which surround us every day in a natural way and which have almost disappeared in our clothing and interior. Therefore it is my great concern to integrate these wonderful colours into our everyday life and our textiles, which surround us every day. So I developed a procedure to apply colourful organic patterns from old dye baths to the already dyed pre-treated fabrics. The patterns are made from a mass of algae and thus a new impulse for sustainable circular colour manipulation on textiles is created. The result are printed bright colourful textiles from Jasminflower, Cochineal lousy and Tumeric.
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