Nurturing and promoting the designers and makers who inspire us is crucial to the Selvedge ethos – they are as much a part of our story as we are theirs – without them Selvedge would not exist. For Selvedge Artisan Fair makers and visitors alike we thought we'd share with you a glimpse into the process we go through to make our fairs as interesting and influential as possible. This year we've put together a carefully curated panel of judges. Not only does this ensure that the standard of our Artisan Fairs remains high and that the exhibitor selection is cohesive but it gives exhibitor applicants the chance to be truly seen by some of the brightest industry names... Corinne Julius writes and broadcasts on contemporary craft and design for the Evening Standard and BBC Radio 4. As well as lecturing on design and craft she has been a selector for many exhibitions and awards. She was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 2008. Julie Hassan first started her career at Liberty at the age of 22, working Saturdays and then as a full-time Christmas Shop team leader. In the 32 years which followed, her job role has grown to include the unofficial title of ‘Mrs Christmas’ and the responsibility of delivering Christmas to Liberty year after year. Julie is now our Head of Home and looks after all the products you see in the Liberty homeware, furniture, dining, Liberty print, fabric and Christmas departments. Christine Lalumia lectures and writes on the design history from the late 19th century to the present day. She is the Executive Director of Contemporary Applied Arts, an historically important organisation and gallery founded in 1948 which showcases the best of craft and advocates for the applied arts in Britain. Before this, Christine was Deputy Director of The Geffrye, Museum of the Home, London (1990-2011). She has been a consultant lecturer and tutor on the MA in Contemporary Design at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London since 2007 and also lectures regularly at the V&A. Sue Prichard was the lead curator for the major V&A exhibition which toured to Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, in 2013. Her research interests include 19th- and 20th-century domestic production; 1940s fashion, and the role women designers (1930-50). She has written a number of books including Artist Designed Textiles (Mid-Century Design, 2014), Quilts 1700-2010: Hidden Histories, Untold Stories; V&A Pattern: The Fifties (2009) and British Textile Design: the Search for a New Aesthetic (Henry Moore Textiles, 2008). She recently completed a biography of the Hungarian émigré and textile designer Tibor Reich. Polly Leonard is the founder of Selvedge magazine. Are you a maker? Why not apply to the Selvedge Artisan Christmas Fair this year? Click here for more information. Or come along on 1 - 3 December to discover an exclusive Selvedge selection of the best design and craft.