Margo Selby may have grown from small designer maker to craft celebrity in what seems like the blink of an eye, but we know her attention to detail has never wavered. The company has collaborated with a host of other brands including Tate, The British Museum, The National Gallery and Habitat. But however big the project, Margo’s products never lose their individuality, and always remain recognisable.
Margo is a craftsperson first and foremost, and only employs four people. Her interest in textiles was first piqued by watching her grandmother sew as a child and, once grown up, she went on to study at The Royal College of Art. After completing a postgraduate degree, Margo launched her first collection in 2003 with the help of a development award from The Crafts Council. Since then her distinctive woven textiles have captured the attention of textile connoisseurs who can appreciate their technical virtuosity. Of course even those who can’t tell a jacquard from a dobby are seduced by Selby’s intricate silk patterns.
This month, Margo Selby will be among the dynamic collection of artists, makers and designers has been announced in the full line-up for the Chatsworth Arts Festival as it returns for its fifth edition with a weekend of culture, talks, thought and performance covering music; design; painting, sculpture, and ceramics; dance; illustration and animation; film, theatre and photography; gardens; and writing. Margo will be discussing her career in woven textiles and will lead a workshop where participants will be able to create abstract textile colour, exploring stripe, colour, palette and proportion.
20 - 22 September, Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP