Exhibition: Pick by Pick | Margo Selby

Margo Selby : Pick by Pick. In partnership with Rochester Art Gallery

Dates: 15 December 2017 – 24 February 2018
This exhibition in partnership with Rochester Art Gallery features internationally-renowned textile artist and designer Margo Selby. They are showcasing her  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  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.

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. Rochester Art Gallery is free and open Mon-Sat, 10am – 5pm.
All workshops for this exhibition are bookable online at www.huguenotmuseum.org

Text & image taken from Rochester Art Gallery pages.

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