Maija Nygren is a freelance knitwear designer and a crochet sculptor and artist. Maija learned to crochet at the age of five with her Finnish grandmother and knitted her first five-needle mittens in P1. Maija pursued a career in theatrical costume, millinery and most recently the production of innovative, inquisitive textiles that embrace local production and ethically sourced raw materials.
Maija is passionate about meaningful garments and textiles and in-depth research accompanies her design development. The passing on traditional skills and empowering people to have confidence in their own creative abilities, is one of the key aspects to Maija's practice.
MA Knitwear (Design, Heritage and Production), Heriot-Watt University, Galashiels School of Textiles
One Year On at New Designers, Business Design Center, London
Border Union Agricultural Society Bursary Award
Worshipful Company of the Framework Knitters Bursary Award
BA(Hons) Design For Textiles, Heriot-Watt University, Galashiels School of Textiles
New Designers, Business Design Center, London
Talent 2016, Craft Central, Clerkenwell Design Quarter, London Design Week
Handmade Edinburgh, Edinburgh
National Diploma in Costume for Theatre, TV and Film, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School