We have recently developed three new fabric designs for interior brand Casa Botelho. The project uses our expertise in woven cloth to help form an identity in fabric for Casa Botelho. The collection encompasses geometric, tessellating patterns made from interlocking shapes in a strong, graphic palette.
We have worked closely with Casa Botelho on a brief that took inspiration from the architectural designs and tiles of Oscar Niemeyer and Brazilian culture. The three woven fabrics – Rio, Belo and Brasilia – are available in soft furnishing and upholstery weight which passes 80,000 martindale. Casa Botelho, founded by Joao Botelho, is an interior and furniture design practice. Their signature style is infused with geometric shapes, symmetrical design and luxurious textures. The designs are available to purchase via our website and by contacting Casa Botelho.
Our latest design ‘Motion’ has now launched online and at the London Transport Musuem Shop as part of the London Design Festival.
This design has been created as a celebration of the relationship between London Transport, graphic design and woven textiles over the past century. Inspiration came from a visit to the London Transport archives and references their historic collection of tube maps, mid century posters and the famous Johnston typeface.
As well a taking inspiration from the museum archives the fabric was influenced by the colour and structure found in Margo’s hand woven artpieces.
The design is available to purchase from the Transport for London Museum shop and online.
We have continued our creative collaboration with Alternative Flooring, launching a new range of striped carpets. The collection is inspired by Margo’s hand woven artworks and their colour palettes. Exploration of stripes from traditional ticking to rhythmic multi stripes led to the creation of yarn windings, a process used when designing a warp for weaving. The collection is comprised of nine stripes in blues, ochres and multi combinations.
Samples of the collection are available to order online from both Margo Selby and Alternative Flooring.
We have collaborated with London-based stationers Mark + Fold to transpose our Iceni pattern onto a series of striking foiled notebooks, which are hand-sewn in London. Distinct styles are married beautifully in this collaboration. The restrained sophistication of Mark+Folds stationary is beautifully complemented by our riot of pattern and colour. The balanced result is decorative, refined and jewel-like.
The notebooks feature our Iceni pattern which is a stylised interpretation of handwoven diamond and birds-eye twills. Margo worked closely with Mark+Fold Creative Director, Amy Cooper-Wright, to develop a product that embraces the print process. In discussing how a woven pattern is made up of a warp and weft, they selected a coloured paper ‘background’ onto which an impression is made in a series of different colours using a single brass die. The die required for this project was unusually large and intricate. The metallic finish changes as you turn the books in the light, much like Margo’s woven silk pieces.
‘For several years I have been very cautious taking my designs into print, however the sensitive and authentic approach to materials and process taken by Mark and Fold gave me the confidence to embrace this collaboration fully and we are thrilled with the results.’ – Margo Selby
Mark+Fold was founded in 2015, to create an alternative to mass-market stationery. The result is a range of modern notebooks and cards, which celebrate special papers and bindings. Made on a small scale, and individually-numbered, everything has been inspired by materials and the story behind their making. Mark+Fold’s stationery is minimal, modern and elegant, and many items are hand-made at the London workshop. They also work closely with small specialist factories in the UK and Holland, who share their attention to detail.
“It has been such a pleasure working with Margo, I loved visiting her workshop in Whitstable and learning more about her creative process. I’m an admirer of her work and felt very honoured to be given her Iceni pattern to work with. She was really engaged with the print process and excited by the idea we had constraints to work within. The beauty of collaboration is that it pushes you to learn about new processes and explore creative avenues that you would never otherwise go down. The colours we chose with Margo are much more daring than the palette we normally use for our stationery, and I love them! Every time I pick up the notebooks, I am struck by how special they are.” – Amy Cooper Wright, Creative Director Mark+Fold.
The first batch of 100 notebooks per colour are individually numbered and wrapped in Mark+Fold’s signature style. The notebooks are available to order online from both Margo Selby and Mark + Fold as well as selected stockists. The individual notebooks come in ‘Lime and Pink,’ ‘Copper and Teal,’ or ‘Green and Orange’ at £22 each, or £60 for the set of 3.
Over the last two weeks we have been celebrating our passion for woven textiles through our ‘6 of the Best’ British Weavers blog series. The last in this series is Wallace Sewell, who have been influential and given confidence to many designers to start their own batch produced textile companies. This includes Margo who was taught by Harriet and Emma at both Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art.
UK-based British design studio, Wallace Sewell, was established by Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell after graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1990. Their diverse portfolio includes scarves for the Tate museums as well as moquette fabric designs for Transport for London’s underground seating. Working from London and Dorset, this progressive studio pioneers excellence and originality, combining innovation with practical solutions within their woven products.
Wallace Sewell are known for their use of colour, structure and yarn in surprising geometric formats, creating contemporary fabrics with strikingly bold, asymmetric blocks and stripes of varying scales. Each year they create a new scarf and interior collection, which is sold to over 300 stockists, in 23 countries worldwide.
Strongly influenced by the Bauhaus for its aesthetic and design ideology, Wallace Sewell strive to unite craft and manufacturing, embracing traditional techniques. The initial design process begins on handlooms in the London and Dorset studios. Production then takes place at a mill in Lancashire, fusing tradition with state of the art technology weaving a variety of fabrics.
Since Wallace Sewell’s inception, Emma and Harriet are proud to have always worked in the UK, embracing the British Textile Industry for its wealth of expertise and production excellence.
Our ‘6 of the Best!’ British Weavers series, which shares the work of six inspirational weavers working in the UK continues with Laura Adburgham. We love the intricate textural surfaces of Laura’s hand woven accesories, these can be seen on her website where she has a lovely film showing the process.
Laura Adburgham is an award-winning weaver based in Surrey, England. She designs and hand-weaves luxurious textiles for fashion and interiors. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, handwoven on her modernised traditional wooden floor loom. Starting with undyed yarn, each process is done by hand, from setting up the loom to applying finishing techniques.
Specialising in natural materials such as silk, wool and linen, Laura hand-dyes yarn using various techniques to create a palette of subtle colours. She draws inspiration from intricate details found in the natural world, focusing on colour, texture, and pattern.
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.
Our series ‘6 Of The Best!’ British Weavers continues with Ismini Samanidou. We know that many of our customers are as passionate about weaving as we are here in the Margo Selby Studio and we are celebrating this.
Athens born Ismini Samanidou trained at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. Her practice touches on the boundaries of craft, art and design with work developed for site specific commissions, industry collaborations and unique pieces for exhibition. Ismini has travelled and researched textile techniques worldwide and is principally interested in the way weaving exists as an autonomous language crossing cultural and political boundaries.
Her work has been exhibited internationally with solo shows in the UK and USA. Recent work includes a large scale site specific commission of textile panels for the National Theatre in London, an invited residency at the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut, and weavings exhibited at Espace De L’Art Concret in France, and the Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art in China. Work is held in private and public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Crafts Council. Ismini has lectured internationally including the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins in London, Textile Kultur Haslach in Austria and Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina USA.
We know that many of our customers are as passionate about weaving as we are here in the Margo Selby Studio and we are celebrating this. The second artist in our ‘ 6 Of The Best’ British Weavers series is Eleanor Pritchard, whose work we respect for its restrained simplicity and elegance.
Eleanor’s designs stem from a love of playing with colour and pattern. Her designs are characterized by bold geometrics and graphic reversible patterns in a palette that combines chalky and cross-hatched neutrals, sharp accents and deep inky tones. The aesthetic is clean and contemporary with a nod to English mid-century design. Eleanor also has a deep interest in vernacular British textiles and sees much of her work as a reinterpretation of these traditions and techniques for a contemporary audience.
Eleanor has a very hands-on approach to design – all of the fabrics are sampled in her London studio, and are woven in the British Isles. The wool blankets are woven in West Wales and the new wool and linen ones in Lancashire. She also has an upholstery collection which is woven on the Isle of Bute.
‘I really enjoy working with our mills and I like to think that we are playing a tiny part in a long line of British weave.’
Our studio will be open to the public throughout the summer. Please visit for an opportunity to see the development process of our work alongside some of our recent projects. We also have our ever popular sample sale items available.
35 Middle Wall
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