Last month we celebrated London Craft Week 2019 by launching a brand new event in collaboration with Design-Nation and Future Icons; The Future of Craft took place at Bargehouse and featured displays from 40 makers, live demonstrations, hands-on workshops, a film installation and a free programme of talks.

One of the demonstrations mesmerising those that visited was Maria Sigma weaving on her loom up on the third floor, some attendees at the Private View even had a go on the loom themselves!

Now, Maria is offering the chance to win a hand-woven cloth that she made whilst on site at The Future of Craft! Read on to find out how to enter.

Why does craft matter?

At a time when there is a surge of interest in craft, Maria seeks your answers to this question.

To enter the competition send an email to with:

  • Subject line: LCW Competition
  • Contact details
  • Your answer to the questions: Why does craft matter (to you)?

DEADLINE: Sunday 30 June 2019

Winner will be notified by email.


DIMENSIONS: approx. 135 x 115 cm
MATERIALS: 100% natural un-dyed British wool
CLEAN & CARE: hand-washing /washing machine: hand-wash/wool cycle in max. 30℃ / & low spin,
ironing/steaming in medium temperature
TO BE USED: sofa/floor cushion cover(s), fabric for garment(s)/accessories, baby blanket/throw/miniblanket,
fabric for upholstery: arm-chair, ottoman, stool/chair top.
IMPORTANT: The cloth is for personal and non-profit use only. You may not
sell the cloth itself as a whole , as a part, as an addition to any other product(s)/
good(s), nor as an item(s) made from it.
Please note – this competition is run by Maria Sigma. Oxo Tower Wharf are sharing this opportunity on behalf of Maria Sigma. Any queries and for Ts&Cs, please contact Maria Sigma Studio directly.


Here is Maria’s own answer to the question, Why Craft Matters?

Living in a digital era of single-use objects, where people discard things easily, the need for tangible and real materials arises. Craft is more than just a way of making things; for me it’s a way of thinking and living in the most sustainable way. It questions the different processes of dealing with the material world, and it brings back a certain level of human dignity. Craft calms down our high-speed society. In a way, craft is a tool to connect the heritage of the past with our present. Craft can invest a context of regionalism and history to our convenience-based economy. Craft is an event that starts with a physical sense of relationship between materials and people.

More specifically, hand-weaving – one of the oldest crafts, like a portal to past eras and candlelit work environments, brings back a long- forgotten, almost romantic, collaboration of the body and the mind, and relationship between the domesticity and the creativity. Hand-crafted goods remind us how and why we are humans – they carry a story, maker’s personality and the emotional state of their creator. Textile heirlooms, passed on from one generation to another, become narrative objects of great sentimental value, which encompass a particular sense of belonging for me: ‘feeling at home’.
– Maria Sigma

This question is also posed by current exhibition ‘Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters’ curated by design critic Hugo Macdonald as part of The Harewood Biennial at Harewood House: 23 March – 1 September 2019, where Maria is exhibiting.

Maria Sigma | Woven Textiles is an award-winning textile brand based in London and specialising in ‘zero waste’ ethical hand-woven textiles for interiors. By using exceptional natural materials Maria creates textiles and furniture pieces for projects large and small, commercial and residential, combining expertise in made to measure throws, cushions, rugs, furnishing fabrics and much more. Maria Sigma | Woven Textiles products collection celebrates a timeless high aesthetic via ‘zero waste’ design and production ethic, combining a contemporary approach and traditional weaving techniques and focusing on raw natural materials and texture. Individually designed, handcrafted and fully customisable. By emphasising the raw quality of the materials and texture and removing any superfluous elements, my work pays close attention to usability and aiming at producing high-quality luxurious interior products designed to become timeless heirlooms.


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