‘6 of the Best!’ British Weavers – Angie Parker
Here at Margo Selby Studio we are celebrating our passion for weaving by sharing our ‘6 of the Best!’ British Weavers who are currently producing exceptional work in the UK. The fourth weaver to feature is Angie Parker who Margo has been mentoring through the Crafts Council Hothouse programme since 2014.
Angie Parker is an award winning weaver of rugs and exquisite, vibrant textiles derived from traditional Scandinavian rug weaving techniques.
Her distinctive and intricate floor art and fabric creations are hand-woven using long established patterns, such as Krokbragd, which combines with her instinctive and daring approach to colour. It is the creative process of importing a contemporary element to the time honoured techniques of rug weaving and the responses from the viewer which most excite her.
Her often ostentatious approach to design had evolved over the years, and whilst she delights in adapting her work for private commissions, she is reluctant to reign it in for the one-off pieces she produces to exhibit.
A year spent living in India and more recently the dynamic graffiti in her neighbourhood in Bristol have influenced the fabulously gaudy palette which is intrinsic to her weaving. Her colour spectrum primarily ranges from intently hued to eye popping flamboyance and sourcing new shades is a key part of her planning. Working in reclaimed high quality wool, Angie meticulously hand-weaves and finishes all the pieces herself on her Glimakra Floor loom at BV Studios in Bristol.
The pieces that Angie creates on her loom will always be at the heart of her practice, though demand for her designs is leading her in a new direction which she is looking forward to revealing in the near future. In the meantime you can see Angie’s eye popping floor art in the CAA New Member Showcase between 16th August – 9th September where work will include the new Indiranagar collection. This collection is named after the Bangalore neighbourhood where she lived in 2006, which is itself named after the first female Prime Minster of India, Indira Ghandi. The bold colours, and pops of glitter represent the layering of colours in the Sari shops that Angie loved visiting as well as the clashes of colour everywhere in India. As well as being inspired by the beautiful fabrics, this collection was inspired by the women Angie met whilst living in there, and celebrates the life of India’s most important women. Angie will also be exhibiting her work at Handmade in Kew 12th-15th October.