Margo Selby studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design, and completed a Master of Arts at the Royal College of Art. Her works have been exhibited internationally. In 2017/18 she was invited by the Rochester Art Gallery and Huguenot Museum to present her first solo art exhibition Pick by Pick and in 2020 she was the recipient of the Collect Open award for her Vexillum installtion.
“My artworks derive from the visual world that influences many aspects of my life and work; architectural forms, graphic design, pattern, scale and colour grouping. I play with the juxtaposition of simple forms manipulating the use of both complementary and contrasting colour palettes applying a combination of colour theory and instinct.
When creating an artwork, it feels like I am painting with yarn exploring how colours and yarns react to the shades that I place beside them. I achieve the different hues by blending yarns on the loom rather than dyeing, similar to pointillism the colours mix in your eye rather than physically.
I’m interested in the relationship between man and machine, hand and industry. The loom and the disciplined nature of weaving provides boundaries and constraints which can be pushed against. The orderly nature of the craft of weaving is reflected in the systematised designs of the artworks. I am satisfied by rhythmic and uniform repetition where each piece of the pattern or artwork is changed in a controlled and organised way. This helps to calm my creative ideas, which feel chaotic until they are assembled in this way”.
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