Goodness, I didn’t recognise Faye Toogood holding state on the front cover of the FT How to spend it magazine this weekend. What a glare. In times gone by I used to take fabrics to show her at The World of Interiors during the reign of Min Hogg.
Although Toogood isn’t a craftsperson, I do admire her mission to industrialise craftsmanship. She’s a designer who is reacquainting man and machine. In short bringing a fresh perspective to the design process.
I liked one of her answers in ‘the aesthete’ profile in the FT How To Spend it. ‘The last thing I bought and loved was a felted wool cardigan by Amy Revier. She hand weaves everything on her loom in Highgate.'
These common threads bring me to the subject of this week’s blog, Margo Selby. Selby develops and explores weave on her handloom. She then unites her innovative hand-woven structures with industrial machinery to create three-dimensional fabrics that have become her trademark.
She describes the weaving as slow and methodical. ‘The fabric grows, one row or pick at a time, giving contemplation time for design. Once I am happy with a fabric, often after many warps developing the idea, I can explore production with an industrial mill.’
The thing I’m eyeing next, is another question in ‘the aesthete.’ If asked, I would answer a hand woven-art work by Margo Selby. These paintings with yarn are exquisite abstractions in soft tonal shades in simple asymmetrical geometric shapes. Think Ben Nicholson’s June but instead of painted flatness, Margo’s compositions sing with woven texture.
Framed Lampas hand-woven artwork and Lampas weave development on loom.
For several years she has been building a portfolio of these hand woven designs using a technique called Lampas, which she learnt at Atelier National D’Art Textile in Paris.
I am reserving one before the words gets out…
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