Margo Selby : Pick by Pick
In partnership with Rochester Art Gallery
15 December 2017 – 24 February 2018
This exhibition in partnership with Rochester Art Gallery features internationally-renowned textile artist and designer Margo Selby. We are showcasing her beautiful hand-woven framed textiles, including new pieces made especially for this show, along with an archive of her design work which reveals the creative process. The artworks use a technique called Lampas, a historic woven structure that was developed in the 17th century by Huguenot weavers to create decorative brocade fabrics. Margo is now using these weave structures in a new way to create stunning geometric framed works with a modernist feel.
Margo trained in textile design at Chelsea College of Art and Design and The Royal College of Art. On graduating in 2001, Margo initially worked as a woven textile designer for industrial mills. It was during this time she united her innovative hand-woven constructions with industrial machinery to create the unique 3-dimensional fabrics that were to become the trademark of the Margo Selby brand (www.margoselby.com).
Since moving to Whitstable, Kent, in 2012, Margo has been focusing on her art practice creating hand-woven framed works exploring how colour and structure unite. ‘When designing a cloth for commercial use there are often so many boundaries; I wanted to remove these boundaries and begin creating cloth as artwork simply for the sake of exploring colour and construction.’
This colourful exhibition showcases the prolific portfolio of work Margo has created in her 15 year career, along with preparatory work that reveals the extraordinary processes that go into handwoven textiles. This is Margo Selby’s first major solo show in the UK and most of the work will be for sale.
The exhibition takes place in both Rochester Art Gallery and the Huguenot Museum. Rochester Art Gallery is on the ground floor of the Visitor Information Centre, we are on the first floor. Rochester Art Gallery is free and open Mon-Sat, 10am – 5pm. Our normal admission times and prices apply for our section of the exhibition. We also have cushions, scarves and towels for sale in the Museum shop.
Have a look at our Events page to book for the exciting programme linked to this exhibition.