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On February 7th, 2016 Grace Warde-Aldam wrote on the subject of Selvedge.

“Hollywood’s favourite photographer”. Tyler Sheilds is famous for working with L.A’s ‘hippest’ and producing work that loudly claims to be ‘subversive’. His current show at the Maddox gallery in Mayfair London draws a crude parallel between the rich and famous today and the court of Marie Antoinette. It may not be intellectually thrilling but it does look […]

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Asafo Flags from Ghana »

On February 6th, 2016 Grace Warde-Aldam wrote on the subject of Selvedge.

The origin of the Asafo flag is European but its style remains purely Ghanaian. They were commissioned by military organisations known as asafo, or ‘companies’ whose primary role was to exert power, exercise political influence and maintain codes of conduct within Fante communities. The Asafo began to adopt the tradition of military flags after the […]

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John Akomfrah »

On February 5th, 2016 Grace Warde-Aldam wrote on the subject of Selvedge.

The films of John Akomfrah balance stylistic beauty, social politics and contemporary mythology. Collaging archival film footage, still photography and newsreel with new material, he investigates personal and collective memories, post-colonialism, temporality and aesthetics in works that frequently explore the experience of the African diaspora in Europe and the US. “Akomfrah first came to attention in […]

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Home Economics »

On February 4th, 2016 Grace Warde-Aldam wrote on the subject of Selvedge.

Guest Blog post from the Textile Museum of Canada, by Paul Henderson February 8th is the last chance to see Home Economics: 150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs at the Textile Museum of Canada. Presented in conjunction with the Museum’s 40th anniversary, Home Economics explores the unique stories and histories that have informed hooked rugs […]

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Migrations »

On February 3rd, 2016 Grace Warde-Aldam wrote on the subject of Selvedge.

Contemporary artists and designers have created a collection of global stories in their textiles. Exhibiting at the Australian Design Centre will be the works of Godfried Donkor, Françoise Dupré, Pamela Johnson,Julie Ryder and Mr. Somebody & Mr. Nobody.ADC. Norwegian artist, Toril Johannessen, creates printed textiles with optical illusions aesthetically inspired by wax-resist textile patterns, and is one of […]

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