Margo Selby | Textile Artist

Rhythmic and uniform repetition – each element of a composition is changed in a mathematical progression, pick by pick.

Nexus Series

Margo Selby with Cynthia Corbett Gallery at British Art Fair.

Handwoven Cotton/Silk/Tencel, these works were made in 2023.

The handwoven Nexus Series are made on a 24 shaft dobby loom. Making is a lengthy process of first designing the composition with colours and proportions, preparing the loom, winding the yarn and setting up the warp – before weaving can even begin. A work is made of hundreds of threads each hand-placed and positioned.

Margo often works in series, developing an idea, in colour and composition, across a number of unique works. Nexus describes this connection, as each work links to the one before.

Image credit: Cristina Schek

Carré

This series, begun in 2022, is Margo’s ode to the square – the primary woven form. An infinite number of variations can be found as the compositions oscillate between dynamism and symmetry. They are abstract colour studies of full chroma and desaturation. The modular pattern of intersecting orthogonals recalls the iconography of both the Bauhaus and Constructivist Art movements.

Vexillum Series

The Vexillum series, begun 2019, was a leap in scale from the intimacy of Margo’s handweaving practice to date – the human to the architectural. Going beyond the scale of the loom was a technical challenge. A Vexillum work is made in 9,000-strand sections, requiring absolute accuracy to achieve a cohesive whole.

Tessellation Series

Margo's use of colour is instinctive and joyful – blocks of colour interacting. The proportions are arrived at by way of combining intuition and measurement. In a game of scale, moving from micro to macro, each composition is a development of weave structures blown-up and abstracted. The method of production requires exact planning and complex mathematical calculation.

Kaleidoscope

Margo explores the optical effects of colour, and plays with off-kilter symmetry in her work. Geometric pattern is made macro in these fractal compositions, expanding infinitely – the forms project and recede, creating a sensation of dynamism.

VIEW KALEIDOSCOPE TRIPTYCH

Zoetrope

The Zoetrope series, begun in 2020, centres on a narrow vertical format, displayed in multiples. The graduating forms give the impression of motion and light taking inspiration from the zoetrope; a playful nineteenth century device that gives the optical illusion of movement.

Zoetrope I, II and III are conceived as triptychs, but works in this series can be commissioned for larger sequences (or pairs). Smaller studies are also available.

Art Miniatures

A series of unique yarn winding artworks by Margo Selby.

Vexillum Yarn Windings

Margo Selby with Cynthia Corbett Gallery at Collect Art Fair.

Represented by Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Margo Selby returns to Craft Council’s Collect Art Fair.

Collect Art Fair showcases exceptional work made recently by living artists and designers allowing each gallery to curate their own display and commission new pieces or bodies of work.

I am honoured to be presented by the Cynthia Corbett Gallery. I’ve long admired Cynthia’s practice of curating a progressive crossover of fine art and craft, celebrating artists across multiple mediums in the international market.

– Margo Selby

Image credit: Cristina Schek

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