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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.

Sydney Craft Week

Sydney Craft Week

As part of Sydney Craft Week, Australian Design Centre will open three new exhibitions; In These HANDS: Mara nyangangka, Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards and Fish Out of Water by Dorothy Filshie.   Sturt Gallery and Ernabella Arts present In These HANDS: Mara nyangangka, an exhibition of new paintings, ceramics, tjanpi weavings and punu from the artists of Ernabella, celebrating 70 years of Ernabella Arts. Forty-six years ago, five young artists from Ernabella Arts went to Sturt Gallery & Studios as part of a residency to learn new weaving techniques. In These HANDS: Mara nyangangka tells the story of that residency, its impact on subsequent generations and offers a showcase of the...

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Sisal Sanctum

Sisal Sanctum

Sisal Sanctum, an installation commissioned by citizenM by London-based designer Fernando Laposse, has opened for the London Design Festival 2018. Located at the entrance to citizenM Shoreditch, the work shines a light on sisal and the people that are sustained by its production. Sisal Sanctum creates a sensorial and tactile landscape using raw sisal, a natural fibre harvested from a species of Agave cactus found in the South of Mexico. The space consists of two cosy lounge areas featuring different textures, fur-like sisal walls and carpets. Its intent is to provide a shelter from the urban landscape of East London, where visitors...

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Premières De Cordée

Premières De Cordée

This summer, the Cité internationale de la tapisserie opened an original exhibition, Premières de cordée, dedicated to tapestries from 1880 – 1950. The presentation explores the origins of the rejuvenation of tapestry weaving in the 20th century, often focusing upon the women who embroidered these pieces, who were frequently overshadowed by the artists who designed them. At the end of the 19th century, the aesthetic of the medieval tapestry was making a comeback and artists wanted to incorporate historical techniques in their work. However, knowledge of such techniques was rare, and these artists did not have the means to appeal...

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Thread Bearing Witness

Thread Bearing Witness

Far from simply being a means to create beauty, art has historically been used to convey a narrative, engage with contemporary events, and to express a shared cultural heritage. Throughout history, suppressing and destroying art has been a tactic of those who would deny various groups their identity and humanity. Today, as the world experiences a global refugee crisis, those who are displaced face the erasure or disruption of their cultures.  Thread Bearing Witness is a community project that uses art and textiles to learn from, show solidarity with, and raise funds for displaced people. It is a project that...

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Catching Up With Claire Wellesley-Smith

Catching Up With Claire Wellesley-Smith

Every year, Selvedge hosts several all-inclusive residential craft workshops at Chateau Dumas, a private estate with 18th-century interiors, a large pool and glorious panoramic views - set amongst rolling hills in the peaceful, scenic countryside less than an hour north of Toulouse international airport. Owned and run by Lizzie Hulme, the Chateau is a place where you can relax, unwind and be truly creative.  Jessica Edney has interviewed next year's Chateau Dumas tutors. Today she speaks to Claire Wellesley-Smith who will be teaching Slow Stitch, Mindful and Contemplative Textiles in August 2019.  When did you first start stitching? I learned to sew as a young child....

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