I have recently returned from a trip to Chateau Dumas, in south west France. Our wonderful host Lizzie made us feel so welcome. I was delighted to discover the area's rich textile history including the origins of woad in Toulouse at the Bleus de Pastel de Lectoure shop, the old 'chapellerie' town of Mairie-Caussade and the hilltop town of Montpezat de Quercy with its 16th century tapestry at the Collegiale St Martin. Look out for more in our July/August issue... Polly Leonard, Editor in Chief
On 19 May in the beautiful setting of Eridge Park, The Decorative Living Fair will take place once again. As usual textile designer Caroline Zoob and antiques dealer Hetty Purbrick have selected 40 stalls brimming with vintage textiles, haberdashery and other beautiful items for your home – this year one stall will be selling props collected by a stylist over the last 25 years. We're delighted to announce that Selvedge will also be there – stop by and say hello to Gráinne and Felicity! 19 May, 9.30-4, Eridge Park, Kent, TN3 9JT
If you have ever had the conversation that begins "if you were an animal what would you be?" you'll understand the inspiration behind Clara Belle Kelly's collection… Her interest in faces of all shapes and sizes led her to imagine her friends as fauna. At New Designers, Clara introduced "Yo yo the knitting raccoon" and "Queenie the deer" and won a Selvedge Certificate of Excellence. Clara, a self confessed hoarder, has given each creature a stash of materials to match their personality in her window display at Selvedge.
We are always delighted when a new illustration arrives in our office and are very grateful to the illustrators who contribute their time and talent to making Selvedge look beautiful. We've taken a look back at some of the finest and would love to hear which is your favourite (click here to vote). The competition will run until the end of May, during that time we'll also have a sale on all of our back issues. When we've counted the votes we hope to commission the winner to create a piece for our Christmas 2011 issue.
Shortlisted for the Best Artist Open House Award last year, 'Into The Woods' has opened up its doors again in Fiveways, Brighton, for the duration of May. Curator Mia Underwood has selected up-and-coming artists and designers from London and further afield to exhibit. All work is 100% handmade and includes ceramic arts, textile and papier maché sculpture, jewellery... and much more. There are 17 exhibitors all together with some familiar names such as Rachel Eardley and Emily Warren.