As a weaver and textile maker, Maria Ma’s talent for combining threads of different ideas and influences in her pieces seems fitting, but no less remarkable.
Equal parts artist, adventurer and passionate maker, Maria’s woven goods convey her artistic journey and creative vision—where she’s been and where she is going.
Born in Warsaw, Poland, Maria learned to weave from her grandmother, herself a textile worker. When Maria moved to the United States soon after, she brought with her those fledgling creative interests. Eventually, Maria would go on to study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she became interested in three-dimensional work such as metalworking and fabric sculpture. After graduation, Maria moved to China, where she participated in art exhibitions in mixed media, textiles and experimental theater.
When Maria settled in Seattle five years ago and began training formally on a loom, she did so inspired by the many folk art traditions she encountered on her travels. This influence persists today, even as Maria forges her own artistic path. The results are both worldly and personal, inspired by artistic adventure and the universal creative spirit.