Emerging Designer Spotlight: Maia Bergman

Emerging Designer Spotlight: Maia Bergman

Designer, Maia Bergman, made a stylish splash into the fashion world when her graduate collection at Central Saint Martins¬†scored her a finalist nomination in the 2013 H&M Design Award. Maia’s whimsical designs and pastel-infused beading invoke a world of sugary-sweet fairy floss and golden summer sun. I love the way she combines such intricate beading with simple, modern cuts, giving her pieces a futuristic look while still retaining an innocent girlish charm.

Recently, I chatted with her about her inspirations and her design work thus far.

E&F: How did you first become interested in using beading in design?

Maia: I was looking into making a drawing without an actual print, so beading was a good technique that helped recreate a print in the form of a gradient.

E&F: Could you describe the process that goes into creating your beading designs? 

Maia: It has a lot of engineering work behind it, but also a lot of randomness and space for spontaneity.

E&F: Which designers inspire you?

Maia: I like Christopher Kane a lot, as well as Versace and Miu Miu. Designers who are playful yet elegant.

E&F: Is there a particular place or culture that inspires your design ideas?

Maia: Lately I’ve been moving around a lot and have finally found my place again. Home is the most important place for sure. But the source of my inspiration is always music-related – even if it’s not obvious in the outcome – and also the people that surround me are a source of inspiration.

E&F: Do you work in any other art forms?

Maia: Not really, but I like collages a lot and I did photography before this, and I quite enjoy developing the pictures myself.

E&F: What are your short term plans?

Maia: I am working on a small bespoke collection at the moment.

You can check out more of Maia’s work on her Tumblr site here.
Maia Bergman
Maia Bergman
Maia Bergman
Maia Bergman
Maia Bergman
Maia Bergman
Maia Bergman
Maia Bergman
Maia Bergman
Maia Bergman
Maia Bergman
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