Artist and textile designer, Maggie Scott creates woven, knitted, stitched and felted pieces of ‘wearable art’.
Often using simple geometric shapes and returning again and again to the simplicity of stripes – sometimes distorted as with the cotton ‘wave collection’ or, more recently, with Merino wool scarves produced by ‘felting’ stripes of wool fibre to hand dyed or printed silk fabric, her work often focuses on the juxtaposition and interplay of one colour against another.
After graduating from St. Martin’s School of Art in 1976, Maggie was immediately invited to the John Ashpool team based in Perugia, designing knitwear for exclusive boutiques around the world.
Moving between Italy and France, she spent 4 years learning her trade before setting her first studio in in 1980.
“For more than 30 years I have worked with my hands, usually with fibre, creating textiles, but also with paint and papier-mache…which ever medium, I remain preoccupied and fascinated with colour. Recently I rediscovered work dating back from the mid 70′s and my student days and I was surprised but also reassured by my passion for experimenting with colours…”
Her professional life as a Textile Artist has existed in parallel with her involvement in gender and race politics. A decision, in 2009, to take time out from producing wearable textiles and experiment with a series of large, autobiographical textile pieces led to a bursary award from ‘The Shape of Things’.
Her one-woman show in April 2012 at Leicester Museum was an opportunity to expand the work and further explore the larger multicultural, multi-ethnic implications of family histories.
“Its exciting to move the work in another direction and continue to refine my ‘nuno’ felting technique…..but it has also had an effect on the wearable textiles, the two disciplines feeding each other.. The hand embroidery that accompanies some of the wall pieces is starting to appear in the scarves, something I would never have been interested in exploring before!”