I asked Britain’s best and most joyful weaver Margo Selby how she named her woven artworks. Forget painting by numbers this is painting with yarn and the numerical titles are all down to the warp and sequence of making. So 4.1 means fourth warp first piece made in that series. Does that make sense?
What makes perfect sense is joining Margo Selby at Kent & London’s Hackney showroom to see first hand her woven art pieces and to invest in an early Christmas present. A red dot is already on mine.
This selling exhibition showcases the work of the two Whitstable based brands, which share a clean, contemporary, modern style, which gives a nod to tradition. The exhibition also recognizes both studios approach to design, which focuses on carefully combining the very best techniques and materials to create beautifully made products.
Designers Margo Selby and Luke Ellis will both be at the Kent & London flag ship store in Shoreditch to open the showcase with a drinks reception on Thursday 8th December from 5pm - 9pm.
About Margo Selby
Margo Selby is the founder and creative director of Margo Selby Studio, a textile design company that produces exceptional quality textiles. Hand woven in her Whitstable studio, the framed art pieces on display at Kent & London are part of an on going exploration of weaving using a technique called Lampas. Each piece explores how colour and structure unite, how yarn can be blended, revealed and concealed in a textile to create modernist, abstract colour studies, which celebrate woven textiles.
About Kent & London
Kent & London are a furniture design and production company, based in Shoreditch and Whitstable. The K&L furniture range is designed by Luke Ellis, with all items manufactured and finished by hand in England. Kent & London use the very best in traditional materials and production methods to make timeless, loveable furniture.
Margo Selby @ Kent & London Shoreditch:
Thursday 8th December – Friday 23rd December 2016
Kent & London Shoreditch, 5 Hackney Road, London, E2 7NX
+44 (0) 1227 282 758
We are excited to announce that we are working with pattern visionary Neisha Crosland.
Neisha is a textile and surface pattern designer well known for her elegant, well balanced and dynamic repeats of geometrics and flowers, her unusual combinations of colour, and her ability to design patterns for a wide range of products, techniques and mediums. Her designs have an impeccable sense of proportion and personality.
Neisha trained in textiles at Camberwell School of Art where she developed her drawing style. She specialised in print at the Royal College of Art in London, and it was here that she experimented with print technique. Her post-graduate show in 1986 was highly applauded, and she was commissioned by Osborne & Little to design a collection, which became one of their best selling products, and included the ubiquitous Star wallpaper.
In 1994 she started her own Neisha Crosland textile label designing and printing scarves, selling them at many high-end boutiques and department stores around the world. Neisha Crosland products now include fabrics and wallpapers, distributed worldwide through Turnell & Gigon at the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, and a collection of home, fashion accessories, shoes and loungewear for Hankyu Department Stores in Japan. She designs a collection of rugs in collaboration with the Rug Company, a range of tiles with De Ferranti and Fired Earth, vinyl flooring with Harvey Maria, a collection of hand embroidered fabrics with Chelsea Textiles, hand crafted stationery, fine china and book covers for Virago. In September she published her first book, Neisha Crosland Life of a Pattern with Merrell.
Her body of work has propelled her to the forefront of UK design, and in 2006 she was honoured with a Royal Designer for Industry Distinction (RDI). Her papers and fabrics have been used by top international decorators such as India Mahdavi and Tara Bernerd. Her designs adorn many fashionable hotels and residences around the world, including film sets such as Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, and most recently Pedro Almodovar’s Julietta. Her work is archived at the V&A, and Geffrye Museums.
Life of a Pattern
Neisha Crosland’s distinctive designs for textiles, wallpaper, homes and fashion, have won her international acclaim. Often asked the origin of her ideas, she has written a beautiful new book to answer that question. Life of a Pattern explores the sources of Crosland’s inspiration, from the first spark of an idea to the finished product.
Main Website www.neishacrosland.com
For a selection of Neisha Crosland products go to www.neishacrosland.com/store