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Selvedge Magazine - Issue 100 Anniversary
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Published April 15, 2021
Selvedge Magazine - Issue 97 Red
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Published October 15, 2020
"I recently enjoyed the film The Two Popes and was intrigued by the role red played in the depiction of the Conclave. It was everywhere; from the aerial shots of the cochineal ecclesiastical robes of the summoned cardinals, to the scrutineer who ceremonially pierced each paper with a needle - through the word ‘Eligio’ - placing all the ballots on a single red thread. Wherever there is power, you will find red. We see evidence of this in Renaissance Venice, on the
battlefield of the 18th century, and of course, in fashion where Amy de la Hay treats us to a glimpse of the show Ravishing she has curated and that is on display at the FIT in New York until 9 January. Roses are also the theme of one of the episodes of the Selvedge Podcast; you can listen to a new episode on Apple Podcasts and Spotify on the first of every month. In episode five I talk to Renuka Reddy, who creates historically accurate reproductions of Indian Palampores: some of which are exhibited in the exhibition Chintz The Cloth That Changed the World. We are given an insight into the influence of chintz in Sylvia Houghteling’s article, where she unpicks the relationship between Indian chintz and English crewel embroidery.
We explore the natural dyes of cochineal, madder and logwood and see how today’s designers are finding new ways to exploit their inherent qualities. Laura Gray discovered that pink really is the navy blue of India and Sarah Jane Downing explores its use in portraiture. This Christmas, if you want your gifts to have an impact, wrap them in red, maybe even the wrapping paper Cambridge Imprint has designed for us - see the Selvedge blog to find out more about this exciting project.
Thank you to everyone who made the Selvedge World Fair a success, especially to the visitors who bought beautiful products, sustaining the livelihoods of the artisans who trusted me to find new ways of presenting their work. As the nights draw in, our attention turns to the positive effect making has on our mental health. We are launching a six-month-long initiative ‘The Selvedge Winter of Making’ with more online classes, a live chatroom, project kits, interviews with makers and a special issue on community. Enjoy!"
Polly Leonard, Founder & Editor of Selvedge Magazine
Selvedge Magazine - Issue 98 Together
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Published December 15, 2020
"If you have ever taken out your knitting on a train you will have first-hand experience of the magnetic pull of a ball of wool. There is something about knitting in public that attracts people; their curiosity overwhelms them and before you know it a conversation has connected you. As we have learned over the last year textile making can be a wonderful solo occupation, calming and almost meditative and as ‘revealed’ in a survey sponsored by Fitbit, knitting lowers the heart rate more than any other hobby. But it is the connection textiles have to the community that we are concentrating on in this issue. The relative low cost and simplicity of the equipment and materials needed for textile work make them an ideal catalyst for group projects; everything from a quilting bee to the ambitious furnishing of the iconic Timberline Lodge undertaken by Margery Hioffman Smith and a team of untrained volunteers during the great depression in 1930s America.
We see the textiles at the heart of lively communities around the world from the Icelandic Réttir to the tentmakers in Sharia al-Khayamiya, Cairo. When communities are isolated we see the level of sophistication increases exponentially, for example in the weft faced back strap weaving practised by the Q’ero in Peru and in the namesake knitting produced in Fair Isle. Textiles work is an ideal medium for cooperative activity as Aïssata Namoko explains in our article Out of a Clear Blue Sky. Many members of her Djiguiyaso Cooperative in Bamako, Mali work from home fitting textile work around their domestic responsibilities - we all know what that feels like. This brings me to the Selvedge Winter of Making. We are working hard to support our community throughout this difficult time by hosting zoom workshops to connect our readers through a shared love of textiles. I would love to see your projects posted on our chatroom (accessed through the Selvedge website, under the ‘community’ tab) to encourage others to experience the stress-busting magic of making."
Founder Selvedge Magazine