The VEXILLUM series, begun 2019, was a leap in scale from the intimacy of my hand weaving practice to date – the human to the architectural – going beyond the scale of my loom was a technical challenge. A work is made in 9,000-strand sections, requiring absolute accuracy to achieve a cohesive whole. They are flags for a banqueting hall – banners for carnival – celebratory, but with an element of aggression – a ‘vexillum’ being a portent of battle, as well as a Latin sail, and a feathery plume.
Handwoven artworks installed at Nexus, 25 Farringdon Street, London
Installation shot of hand woven artworks
Installation shot, Vexillum I, II and III
VEXILLUM installed at Somerset House, London, for Collect 2020
Margo at her 24 shaft dobby loom, Whitstable, Kent