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Mariam Syed

Mariam Syed
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I am a Woven Textile Designer specialising in vibrant contemporary fabrics and rugs for interiors. My design practise encapsulates everything I am passionate about: weaving, vibrant colours, architecture and geometry. A mathematician at heart, geometric patterns are quite central to my woven designs and I love the challenge of constructing new weave structures from my primary research and drawings.
Fascinated with the visual culture of my homeland Karachi, my geometric designs are a representation of the hustle and bustle of the city. I am in awe of the vibrant coloured Pakistani trucks set against the magnificent Colonial British Architecture in the old town of Karachi. Pakistani trucks look like giant kaleidoscopes of brilliant colours and patterns; much like an art gallery on wheels! I love the explosion of pattern and pop colours on the trucks and picking out geometric patterns from the city buildings. I strive to achieve the same boldness of colour in my woven designs and balance the vivid colours with earthy tones of the buildings. My work is available to buy from my website or made to commission.
Exhibitions
Blue Patch sustainability store at the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester 12th- 31st March 2019
Weave Demonstrations at the Paisley Museum July 2017 and July 2018
Scotland Craft and Design Pavilion at the London Design Fair 21-24th September 2017
Excursions at Custom Lane, Leith 2nd -28th August 2017
Scotland Redesigned 2016- Glasgow 9-13th November 2016
Craft Central Talent 2016 21-25th September 2016
New Designers London 29th June- 2nd July 2016
Glasgow School of Art Degree Show 18th June-25th June 2016
Accomplishments
Selected by the British Council to travel to China to research the craftsmen’s response to the policies on circular economy introduced by the Chinese government 11th -20th June 2019
Recipient of the Inches Carr Graduate Award 2019
Recipient of Jerwood Visual Arts Artist Bursary 2018
Selected on the Craft Council Hothouse programme 2017
Selected for the InCube Business Development Programme, Paisley 2017
Awarded a grant by The Worshipful Company of Weavers to set up a business 2016
Selected by Craft Central for Talent 2016 as one of the top 20 designer maker graduates of 2016]
Education
Ba (Hons) with Distinction in Textile Design, Glasgow School of Art graduating in 2016
Career break July 2007- July 2014 to raise my family
Ba Textile Design, Glasgow School of Art graduating in 2007
Striped Facade in Vermillion
  • Mariam Syed
  • Striped Facade in Vermillion
  • Woven
Striped Facade in Blue Budgie
  • Mariam Syed
  • Striped Facade in Blue Budgie
  • Woven
Striped Facade in Yellow Budgie
  • Mariam Syed
  • Striped Facade in Yellow Budgie
  • Woven
Empress Market in Bluebird
  • Mariam Syed
  • Empress Market in Bluebird
  • Woven
Empress Market in Terracotta
  • Mariam Syed
  • Empress Market in Terracotta
  • Woven
Empress Market in Bluebird
  • Mariam Syed
  • Empress Market in Bluebird
  • Woven

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