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BATIK POLITICS

BATIK POLITICS

Anyone who’s ever visited Covent Garden in the last few years may have already seen the sculptural work of Yinka Shonibare without realising it. Planted on the side of The Royal Opera House building is a snow-globe, and inside it slowly twirls a life-size sculpture of a ballerina dressed in full costume, with a globe for a head. Just as recognisable is Yinka’s Nelson’s Ship In A Bottle, the commission he made in 2010 for the famous Fourth Plinth overlooking London’s Trafalgar Square. Widely known for exploring issues of race and class through many different art forms, Yinka now has...

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CHROMATIC GEOGRAPHY

CHROMATIC GEOGRAPHY

Here at Selvedge we’ve noticed an increasing interest recently in the craft of natural dyeing. With a range of natural dye workshops that are becoming more and more popular each year, it’s clear to see that many makers are being drawn to this medium for a great number of reasons. Whether it’s a personal decision to opt out of mass production, a purely economical one or even a means of meditation, natural dyeing is blossoming in the craft industries right now. The upcoming exhibition Chromatic Geography: Natural Dyes in the 21st Century opening soon at the Craft Ontario Gallery in Toronto...

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ENGLISH FLORAL FABRIC

ENGLISH FLORAL FABRIC

The Chelsea Flower Show opens this Friday and is always a source of inspiration for past, present and future textile designers. In light of this, we decided to look back through the Selvedge archive and re-publish an extract of Susan Collier's insightful article exploring our steadfast love of floral fabric... Francis Bacon declared the garden “the purest of human pleasures”. To delight in nature and organise some small part of it has been seen through the ages as a godly pursuit. “Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul”, says the Koran. Even among the secular, gardening is revered....

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SARAH CAMPBELL LIBERTY PRINT DOLLS

SARAH CAMPBELL LIBERTY PRINT DOLLS

Designer Sarah Campbell has spent a lifetime in pattern. She established her career with her late sister Susan Collier, and together they founded the original design company Collier Campbell. Sarah continues to design under her own name from her studio in Gipsy Hill, South London, producing a wide range of work including a collection of artisanal goods. Love of pattern, colour, and hand-painted designs are the hallmarks of her work. To celebrate the launch of Sarah’s exclusive line of handmade dolls for Selvedge, we wanted to find out more about the talented designer behind them... How did you get started as...

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POETRY IN WOOL

POETRY IN WOOL

In Athens right now is an eight metre-tall installation of unprocessed wool, cascading down from a gallery ceiling in a shower of blood red. This soft sculpture is the work of Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña, and forms part of this year’s international art festival, Documenta. Traditionally taking place every four years in Kassel, Germany, this is the first time in history that this art festival is splitting its location, holding its first half in Greece, and its second in Germany. Out of hundreds of participating artists and some 47 exhibiting venues, Cecilia’s woollen sculpture has been gaining much attention in the press...

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