Maria Boyle LSDC

Stitched & Constructed Textiles

About Maria
Maria is a contemporary artist working mainly with the 'soft materials' of cloth, wool and thread, often using natural and textured fibres. These are carefully dyed, hand printed or painted and then manipulated with hand stitch and knit to create tactile one-off pieces. Colour is essential to convey meaning through a harmonious colour palette that adds to its sensory appeal. Maria is also a print-maker, making limited edition prints, artist books and handmade cards. Maria's work is available for sale and exhibition, and commissions are also welcomed.
Biography Back to top

Maria is driven by a passion for colour and texture, particularly from observing nature and interesting surfaces or shapes. Themes have included Lichens, Needle making, and Romeo and Juliet.

Colour psychology is important, so specific hues are carefully blended through dyes and pigments through hand printing and painting.

Texture is integrated into the cloth through stitch, knit, specialist pigments, frayed edges and needle felting. Combining these techniques in various layers creates a tactile and organic cloth that is more of a 3D narrative, somewhere between representation and abstraction. Textile pieces are often a wall hanging or framed but can also be 3D and sculptural.

She also enjoys printmaking and depending on the topic varies the marks with different print making techniques; including silk screens, lino cut, wood cut, wood engraving and mono printing.

Maria enjoys responding to exhibition themes, specific commission briefs, collaborating, teaching workshops and working on longer term projects.

Please contact her for a chat about future ideas or projects.

Resumé Back to top


De Montfort University 2008-2014, BA (Hons), Design Crafts (First-class)

Oxford and Cherwell Valley College 2007-2008, Access Diploma to HE Art and Design.

Society of Dyers and Colourists 2007, Colour Affects System Diploma, Applied Colour Psychology (Distinction).

Awards and Memberships

  • Resident Artist in Studio 10 at ArtistsWorkhouse, Studley, since October 2015,
  • Artist in Residence at Banbury and Bicester College, 2014 - 2015
  • Selected for Prism membership, September 2014
  • Selected as Embroiderers Guild Graduate, 2014 and part of the Graduate Showcase at 'Knitting and Stitching Shows', Autumn 2014
  • Awarded Licentiate of The Society of Designer Craftsmen, LSDN, July 2014
  • Laura Ashley Summer School Bursary Award, West Dean College, July 2014
  • The Textile Study Group "Graduate of the Year" 2014, awarded at New Designers,
  • Ambassador and Advocate of Compton Verney since March 2014,

Exhibitions and Events


  • 1st - 3rd July - Warwickshire Open Studios at Wren Hall, Wroxhall, Warks, CV35 7NF



  • 13th October - 'Artists in Action' with Art Van Go at Alexandra Palace Knitting and Stitching Show.
  • Face to Face 'Penda of Mercia' Group Exhibition
    • ArtistWorkhouse, Studley, 5th - 14th April
    • Canwood Gallery, Hereford, 4th June- 7th July
    • General Office, Stourbridge, 30th August - 8th September
  • 1st - 10th March - ArtistsWorkhouse Members Spring Exhibition
  • Various dates in 2019 - 'Collective Stitches' tour with Dionne Swift continues, including various locations in Australia


  • 29th -7th October - ‘Moments', Group show at Little Buckland Gallery, Broadway WR12 7JH.8th - 17th June, ‘Romeo and Juliet: take two, 10 writers paired with 10 invited artists, collaborative art exhibition with original written works performed with exhibition, ArtistsWorkhouse
  • 19th May and other dates across 2018 and 2019, ‘Face to Face’ project, with artist meetings, collaborations, talks, networking, and collaborative creative project.
    • Final exhibition and publication launch at Little Buckland Gallery, near Broadway, 2019, tbc
  • Various dates and locations in UK and Europe in 2018, 'Collective Stitches' exhibition with Dionne Swift:
    • 13th & 14th January Sala Polifunzionale, Tornareccio, Abruzzo, Italy
    • 1st - 4th March Spring Knitting and Stitching show, Olympia, London
    • 2nd May - Hawar, Oldeberkoop, Netherlands
    • 11th - 14th October Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London
    • 8th - 11th November Knitting and Stitching Show, Dublin, Ireland
    • 22nd - 25th November Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate, Yorkshire
  • 2nd-10th March, 'I Think this World is Magical' art exhibition, ArtistsWorkhouse, Studley, B80 7AU.
    • 10th Mar, ‘Magical Colour Mono-printing’ one day workshop, ArtistsWorkhouse.


  • 18th November, 'Postcards', Studley on the map postcard auction
  • 18th Oct - 29th Oct, 'Another View' exhibition, Hoxton Arches, London E2, selected by Prism
  • 17th - 25th June, Warwickshire Open Studios.
  • 17th -25th June, selected for 'Regeneration Open Art Exhibition', ArtistsWorkhouse, Studley, B80 7AU.
  • 29th April -13th May, 'Another View' exhibition, RBSA, Birmingham, selected by Prism.
  • 3rd -12th March, 'Portrait Exhibition', ArtistsWorkhouse, Studley, B80 7AU.


  • 30th October -6th November, 'Needlemakers Exhibition', ArtistsWorkhouse, Studley, B80 7AU.
  • 18th June -3rd July - Warwickshire Open Studios, ArtistsWorkhouse, Studley, B80 7AU.
  • 23rd April - 3rd July - '7 Makers from the Society of Designer Craftsmen' exhibition and shop, 78 Derngate, Northampton.
  • 17th - 20th March NEC, 5th - 9th October Alexandra Palace & 24th -27th November 'Capability Brown Festival' exhibition with the Embroiderers Guild.
  • 7th - 13th March - 'Agenda' exhibition, Hiscox Art Cafe, London, selected by Prism
  • 29th January - 7th Feb - ArtistsWorkhouse Opening and Exhibition, Studley, B80 7AU.


  • November - Textile Fair, Compton Verney, Warwickshire.
  • October - Become part of ArtistsWorkhouse, Studley with residency in Studio 10.
  • October - 'Discover Gather Give' sales event, Stratford Arts House.
  • July - Invited Textile Artist and Demonstrator at Art in Action, Waterperry Park, Oxford,
  • May - Prism 'Lines of Communication' exhibition, Hoxton Arches Gallery, London E3.
  • January - 'Society of Designer Craftsmen Winter Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London SW1Y.


  • Oct- Nov - 'Embroiderers Guild Graduate Showcase' exhibition at Knitting and Stitching Shows.
    • Alexandra Palace, London, 8th -12th October.
    • Harrogate International Centre, 20th - 23rd November.
  • August - Selected for Ragley Open Art Exhibition 2014 'Spirit of Place', Ragley Gallery and Studios, Ragley Hall, Warwickshire.
  • June - 'New Designers, Part 1', Graduate showcase, Business Design Centre, London N1.
  • June - Degree Show at Banbury and Bicester College, Oxfordshire.

Other Makers in Stitched & Constructed Textiles
  • Pippa's work is abstract, influenced by architectural and organic forms. Working in both 2D and 3D, she considers space, light and shadows,...

    View profile
  • Beverly Ayling-Smith is a textile artist and researcher. Her studio practice examines how cloth can connect with the emotions of the viewer

    View profile
  • Free machine embroidered and appliqued images which exploit the exciting surface qualities of fabric and an economical use of line.

    View profile
  • Helen Banzhaf has been making her machine embroideries since the 1990's. Her textile practice went hand-in-hand with her fashion lecturing...

    View profile
  • Diane is well known as the textile artist who created the on-going Painted Lady Collection.

    View profile
  • Jan is a textile artist fascinated by all forms of landscape. She creates compositions that are a synthesis of observational impressions

    View profile
  • Naomi is a textile and mixed media artist looking at the sunny side of life. Her childhood in 1960’s and 70’s Devon and Cornwall has...

    View profile
  • Anita creates one off pieces using a variety of painted papers which are embellished with stitch. Inspired by skies, particularly at...

    View profile
  • Anne creates hand embroidered textile pieces. By specialising in hand embroidery the fabric, thread and colour along with the stitching...

    View profile
  • Helen's work is about absence. She explores whether an intangible echo, a sensation, remains of a being that was once there, disturbing the...

    View profile
  • Glenys Davies is a textile artist who works with a range of media and materials. She is currently exploring the use of contemporary and...

    View profile
  • Angela Dewar is an experienced designer and embroiderer, working with a range of techniques and in many different environments.

    View profile
  • Wendy is a textile artist inspired by landscapes, architecture and natural forms. Maps give a 'sense of place' in her designs. She...

    View profile
  • Judy is a textile artist whose passion for making things has been influenced by her love of history. Her research into the structures of...

    View profile
  • Alex makes mixed media work, and also figurative pieces, usually inspired by water, frequently from images of her native Scotland.

    View profile
  • The current range of knitted textiles includes fine cashmere and silk jackets, coats and scarves, all of which are timeless design classics...

    View profile
  • Geraldine is a textile artist who works in a range of techniques, including hand and machine stitch, collage, wire, wrapping and dyeing....

    View profile
  • Wendy is a textile artist employing free machine embroidery and mixed media to create unique one-off pieces of work.

    View profile
  • Mary is a stitched textile and mixed media artist. She explores the distorted imagery that is created by moving water or is reflected on...

    View profile
  • As a hand weaver Charlotte Grierson works with colour and natural yarns to design and make one-off hand woven scarves in her London Studio.

    View profile
  • With a lifelong passion for cloth and stitch, Julie was awarded a BA Honours Degree in Embroidered Textiles in 2010. As a result of her...

    View profile
  • Sam makes sculptures, drawings and collages, predominantly by stitching and manipulating mixed media.

    View profile
  • Ceramic Patchwork - hand-stitched ceramic re-construction.

    View profile
  • The key themes of Pat’s life have been exploring creativity in textiles, and to expand her knowledge of textile processes, with a...

    View profile
  • Lizzie has been designing and making clothes from a very young age. She currently makes predominantly felt jackets, hats, scarves and...

    View profile
  • Rosemary is a mixed media artist working mostly with textiles. She uses recycled materials such as plastic bags, wires from machinery,...

    View profile
  • Sandra is a designer-maker working with textiles and mixed media. She works from personal observations recorded at home and abroad...

    View profile
  • Aran work focuses on portraiture and depiction of human subjects in textiles. Her work is concerned mostly with visual narrative

    View profile
  • Established textile artist Jacqueline James specialises in making exclusively designed hand dyed and woven rugs for distinctive interiors.

    View profile
  • “Alice Kettle is a contemporary textile/fibre artist based in the UK. She has established a unique area of practice by her use of a craft...

    View profile
  • Sue Lancaster is known as a textile artist working in machine embroidery but her work starts well in advance of the production in stitch....

    View profile
  • About Ticia Ticia Lever is a textile artist who loves experimenting with colour and stitch, especially hand stitching. She enjoys...

    View profile
  • Jean’s multi-media approach combines fabric, print and stitch marks, and allows the interplay of layers that hint at complexity. Jean is...

    View profile
  • Debbie's work explores landscape and place and her inspiration comes from experiencing and paying attention to her surroundings.

    View profile
  • Dan is probably best known for her Knitted Chandeliers, though her intricate to atrium scale commissions include artwork for interiors,...

    View profile
  • Diana is a textile artist working in free motion embroidery. Diana focuses on light and the way it changes the landscape from season to...

    View profile
  • fionaglen Designer Knitwear is a luxury knitwear label that focuses on true design and craftmanship. Established by award winning Scottish...

    View profile
  • Shelley is predominantly a figurative artist specialising in hand embroidery. Her drawings often focus on gesture, the movement and energy...

    View profile
  • Carol is a textile artist specialising in machine embroidery. She creates unique one off pieces for public and private venues.

    View profile
  • Jane’s background is in interior design and soft furnishings having worked as a designer as well as a teacher. More recently her academic...

    View profile
  • A sewing machine is Yumiko’s favourite drawing and painting tool. Yumiko is constantly pushing the boundaries of stitching and painting.

    View profile
  • Linda is a designer/maker who works mainly with textiles. She spent over 30 years working in education but always making when she had time....

    View profile
  • Elizabeth is an experienced artist working with a variety of textiles and mixed media. She has exhibited her work within galleries and...

    View profile
  • Angela is a stitcher and felt maker. She discovered a love of felt making whilst studying for her Diploma in Stitched Textiles at Windsor....

    View profile
  • Arlene is a textile artist and teacher of many years' experience. Much of her work is inspired by her love of roses and music. This stems...

    View profile
  • Consuelo Simpson works in response to the landscape close to her home in Hampshire. The ideas emerge through walking and looking. There is...

    View profile
  • Chris is a textile artist specialising in hand embroidery. Inspired primarily by the natural world she works within the sphere of the...

    View profile
  • Designer/maker of wall panels, hangings, pictures, carpets, screens, altar frontals and greeting cards. Work is mainly to commission and...

    View profile
  • Anna's background is in theatre design; costume and decor. Ideas are used from this discipline for constructed, textile based pieces with...

    View profile
  • Sue Stone is best known for figurative compositions with an emphasis on narrative hand embroidery and is an experienced teacher and speaker.

    View profile
  • Tiziana Tateo is an Italian fiber artist who, after starting out making quilts about twenty years ago, began research work and personal...

    View profile
  • Sass’ work is largely figurative and uses a dense form of machine embroidery combined with fabrics to create images and that tell stories.

    View profile
  • Dee is a contemporary textile artist who uses sketches, colour and texture to represent moments in time.

    View profile
  • Dawn's work explores transparency and illusion, the imagined or reality and perception of the occupation of time and space. Within Dawn's...

    View profile
  • Janet Twinn originally studied painting but became seduced by textiles. She makes patchwork wallhangings from her own dyed, painted and...

    View profile
  • Susie makes embroidered animations and puppets.

    View profile
  • Exhibited this year at The Saatchi Gallery, London; at The Knitting and Stitching Show, London and at Swansea Festival of Stitch. Haf...

    View profile
  • Mixed media artist, surface pattern, paper, textiles, hand and machine embroidery.

    View profile
  • Molly is a mixed media and textile artist whose work is inspired by the movement and emotive posture of the human form. Her most successful...

    View profile
  • Stephanie is a textile Designer Maker working with a mix of materials and processes.

    View profile