This March, Selvedge is hosting one of our popular artisan fairs in the beautiful city of Bath. Today, Jessica Edney speaks to Susie Petrou, collects antique textiles and restores, repairs and re-purposes vintage finds, and will be exhibiting at the fair.
What makes you passionate about textiles?
I've always been drawn to old fabric and clothing. Particularly the amount of workmanship that has gone into producing these beautiful pieces. I appreciate everything about fabric which has been hand woven and dyed, the simplicity of a hand sewn garment, down to the smallest detail of an embroidered signature.
What is your idea of an ideal Sunday?
An Antique Market or a Flea Market. A walk on the beach or the South Downs, if it's a sunny day followed by a late lunch with my family and friends.
Who do you admire?
Mary Cassatt, I've always loved her sensitivity and such beautiful use of colour in her etchings. Jacques-Henri Lartigue, for his personal vision and take on life seen through his photographs. Jean Touitou, APC, for his philosophy and creative approach.
Can you tell us a little about your home town?
We recently moved along the West Sussex coast to Worthing. I'm enjoying living in the oldest part of the town, with the small charming Costume Museum at the top of our road. A nice Sicilian cafe, a short walk to the beach, and the beautiful West Sussex countryside is on our doorstep.
What will you be exhibiting at Bath?
I will be exhibiting a small collection of Antique Textiles and Folk inspired clothing, which has been sourced from my travels. Most of these one-off pieces have an interesting story to tell. These finds are repaired, restored or repurposed, and will be available at the Selvedge Bath fair.