International Women’s History Month is important to me for many reasons – as a celebration of women and also as a campaign for equality. I’m fortunate to work alongside some very creative and competent women within my own studio. As a working mother myself, I appreciate the necessity of flexible working hours – we all help each other out.
Textiles as an artform has historically been sidelined, and gendered, pejoratively, as female – I feel this is progressively changing, with exhibitions on international platforms (such as Anni Albers at Tate a couple of years ago). A growing ambition for my work, and confidence in my voice as an artist, is reflected in the recent leap in scale of my woven artworks.
I am proud of my association with the social enterprise scheme ‘Love Welcomes’ working with female Syrian refugees in Greece, teaching weaving skills enabling them to earn money. Projects such as this have led to all sorts of collaborations, friendships and support networks – often amongst women.
Margo Selby, International Women’s History Month, March 2021
Woven artworks in progress on the loom in Whitstable.
Love Welcomes collaboration with Margo Selby. Ritsona, Greece.