Who we are

Behind Selvedge is a small team dedicated to the appreciation of the beautifully made and carefully considered.

Each with a background in textiles, fine art or design, the valuing and nurturing of textiles is second nature to everyone working at Selvedge. The core team of five (who all began their Selvedge careers as interns) work together on every aspect of the Selvedge story, from the very big to the very small. 

As an independent publication we have complete freedom to support and work with the makers and designers that really matter to us. We see this as a crucial element in making our six magazines a year, events and shop truly our own.

Polly Leonard

Founder of Selvedge Magazine


After gaining a degree in Design from Glasgow School of Art and a Masters in Fine Art from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia I taught textiles for ten years before launching Selvedge in 2003. I wanted to publish a magazine as beautiful as the textiles represented within its pages. I have a hands on approach to every aspect of the magazine and brand.

Thirteen years on my obsession with textiles is stronger than ever having branched out from the print magazine to our own shop and events program. I love meeting and talking to makers, subscribers and customers about our shared passion. If you are visiting London do drop by the shop and meet my wonderful team. We would love to say hello.

Clare Bungey

Head of Communications


I joined Selvedge as an intern during the final year of my textile degree and after graduation I found myself back again. Six years later – after sitting at most of the desks in the office – I now look after the partnerships, advertising and marketing.
How can I help?
I'd like to say you can ask me anything, I'd certainly do my best to help but specifically please get in touch about advertising, partnerships or marketing. If you are looking to reach an audience of textile enthusiasts then I can put together a tailor made campaign for you.

Niamh McCooey

Features Editor


 I came to Selvedge after an MA in Critical Writing in Art and Design at the Royal College of Art. Today I look after the editorial for the magazine; commissioning and editing material for print, managing our daily blog and keeping the Selvedge tone consistent across all channels.

How can I help?

I am all ears to new ideas and contributors as we are always planning future issues and blogs so please do not hesitate to get in touch with any editorial enquiries.

Penny Gray

Events Director


I studied woven textiles at Brighton University. Since interning at Selvedge I have taken on the role of Events Director which involves sourcing and working with talented designers and makers on fairs and events that reflect the Selvedge ethos.
How can I help?
Call or email me if you are interested in exhibiting at one of our fairs or working with us on an event. 

Emma Neen

Community Manager


I interned at Selvedge during my university holiday, I then began full-time at Selvedge fresh from my textiles degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2014.
How can I help?
Contact me if you're interested in working with us on social media or competitions. I'm also here to help with any subscription or order problems. 

Ronja Brown

Distribution Manager


I promote Selvedge Magazine to independent bookshops, galleries, museums, arts & craft stores. I make sure the latest issue travels from the printing press to a range of stores across the globe, whether it's a family owned micromill in Cape Town or the biggest bookstore in New York City.

How can I help?
If you would like to sell or distribute the magazine, know a shop that would be a great fit for Selvedge, I would love to hear from you. Already a stockist? Please don't hesitate to reach out as I want to make sure our readers know that you sell our lovely magazine. 

Iliana Taliotis

PR Consultant

For over 15 years I have publicised everything from museum launches and art fairs to festivals and exhibitions. I work with individuals and organisations to run imaginative and high-impact publicity campaigns, develop and manage projects and give strategic guidance. I also commission print, run PR workshops and organise exhibitions.

Before setting up my consultancy, I worked for cultural PR agency Four Colman Getty for eight years where I helped to develop their visual arts division. Prior to that, I was Press and Marketing Manager at the Crafts Council.

Hannah Manton


I gratuated from The University of Brighton with a degree in Woven Textile Design and joined Selvedge in January 2017 as an intern. I am excited to work in a small team and see how a magazine is made whilst being surrounded by my favourite things, textiles, travel, beautiful photography and interesting content.

My final collection was based on human interaction with nature and our trace on the environment, focusing on the Sami people, a nomadic tribe of reindeer herders. This interest in the northernmost parts of the world led me to an Arctic island in the North of Norway. Here I worked designing woven blankets, made from wild mountain wool I had cleaned, carded, spun and woven on a Swedish counterbalance loom.

Jessica Edney

Workshop Assistant