About Atelier Maria Maurio
The collection iS inspired by artisanal methods from around the world.
WITH A PASSION FOR UNIQUENESS, WE INCORPORATE BESPOKE STYLE AND SUSTAINABLE, ZERO WASTE THOUGHTFULNESS INTO OUR COLLECTIONS.
Our designs are individually hand crafted utilizing small batch hand dyeing and hand printing techniques. WHILE DESIGNS MAY BE DUPLICATED, NO TWO ARE EXACTLY ALIKE DUE TO THE PROCESS.
Our four-day, multi-step process uses botanical, environmentally friendly, and sustainably derived dyes. Additionally, we use all natural INDIGO dye vats, without caustic chemicals THAT CAN BE DISCARDED WITHOUT HARM TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
Our printing process implements antique carved wood blocks and specially mixed, LOW IMPACT dyes.
Fabric is blocked and pinned to a table for the printing preparation. Traditionally, pin holes on selvedges(edges) are a mark that demonstrates hand blocking and Authenticates the printing process; Some seek this detail out to substantiate the hand printing claim. this does not affect quality or longevity.
The process ends with steaming to set dyes and a FINAL rinse to make them wearable and enjoyed for years to come.
THE COLLECTION IS PRODUCED in the USA, in our ATELIER.
I am descended from a long line of artists and artisans on both sides of my family. My mother-an oil painter, her sister-a master tailor both taught me much of what I know and use today. From an early age I learned to draw and paint, hand sew french seams, and dye using tea and coffee!
I am further shaped by the many aunts who worked in sewing factories in Trenton, New Jersey and uncles and cousins who were masons, plasterers, artists and artisans in their own rights. I am profoundly thankful and honored to continue in their collective footsteps!
Finally, my story would not be complete without mention of my Italian grandmother, Maria. She raised silkworms under her bed in bisignano, italy when she was a young girl. She left italy at 17 years old, lying about her age to board a ship for america and never looked back. I am her namesake, forging ahead, exploring and never looking back…….
Ben Anderson Photography
“Creativity takes courage”