Maija Nygren is a knitwear designer and educator based in Edinburgh who learned to crochet at the age of five with her Finnish grandmother and completed her first five-needle mittens in P1.
Maija is passionate about meaningful garments and textiles and in-depth research accompanies her design development. Sharing traditional skills and empowering people to have confidence in their own creative abilities, is one of the key aspects to Maija's practice.
Maija is the founder of Almaborealis Ltd where she creates educational, child-led kids textiles which embrace local production and ethically sourced raw materials. She teaches machine knitting skills for children and adults and lectures at DJCAD.
Accelerator Programme, Elevator UK, Center For Entrepreneurship, University of Dundee
Venture 2019 Entrepreneurship Award Winner, Center For Entrepreneurship, University of Dundee
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