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Selvedge — shows and workshops

An extension of the print magazine’s tone of respect, intelligence and joy in the world of textiles, our blog is a daily contribution to the Selvedge conversation. Featuring exhibitions, people, adventures and opinion, the Selvedge blog is not only a meeting point for the Selvedge community but also an entry point into the world of textiles for those looking for an original and broadening perspective.

KIMONOS AND COMICS

Exhibitions shows and workshops

One of the most famous Japanese painters of the early 20th century, Takehisa Yumeji, never studied art, refused to call himself an artist and decided to become a painter while drunk. Although many of his contemporaries in art circles disliked Takehisa’s work (unsurprisingly, given his own claims that the art circles themselves were pretentious), Takehisa’s drawings became very popular among the general population. Recognised for his drawings of women wearing traditional kimono dresses, he was known as the “Japanese Toulouse-Lautrec" and even now his artworks are held in great esteem – both in Japan and internationally. With a new exhibition featuring his...

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STITCHES OF FAITH

Exhibitions shows and workshops

The V&A’s exhibition "Opus Anglicanum" has now ended, but for those of you who missed the opportunity to see it, there is another chance to experience (and even own) examples of exquisite English embroidery. This month, St. Mark’s Church (Regents Park) will be holding an exhibition, sale and auction of ecclesiastic embroidery pieces – many of which are of great historical value. Recently, the church was gifted over 500 items of embroidery work, made over a two-hundred year period by the All Saints Sisters of the Poor. The Sisters are a religious community based in Oxford, and are known for their charitable...

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IM/MATERIAL

Exhibitions shows and workshops

Jenine Shereos is a sculptor and a textile artist unlike any other. Although the crafting techniques that she uses in her work are conventional, the materials from which she fashions her creations is anything but. Human hair, ice, twigs and shadows have all been incorporated into Shereos’s pieces, and the results have been remarkable. Her Leaves collection, which won the 2012 “Small Expressions” prize, involved wrapping, stitching and knotting together human hair into the delicate form of a skeleton leaf. Looking at the finished results, it is incredible to see the level of detail of each fragile leaf, leaving the...

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MADE IN THE MIDDLE

Exhibitions Historical textiles Selvedge shows and workshops

“The Midlands” is a term rarely used outside of weather and travel reports. As a cultural and geographical region, it is frequently ignored by the binary-obsessed media, who focus instead on the “north/south divide”. However, the Midlands area has a rich history and cultural heritage, and was incredibly important to the development of Britain’s textile industry. In the beginning of the 18th century, it was the production of Midlands wool that was one of the key British industries. The city of Nottingham was also once the heart of the world’s lace industry, and was the site of the invention of the...

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Crafting with Plastic

Crafts Exhibitions shows and workshops

Guest Blog post by Konstantina Pyrnokoki. Imagine a world where every little thing we use has a significant value, not to be irrationally expended, but reutilised, instead, so that it keeps on giving on many different levels, serving a distinct purpose every time. That almost utopic notion can actually be applied first and foremost to seemingly dispensable clothes and materials. And as it turns out, we can very much use the latter to create the former from scratch!   One such reusable material is plastic and there are already a few craftsmen out there who dare to turn it into the...

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