The Festival of Quilts, Europe's leading Quilt Show, have kindly offered Selvedge five pairs of tickets to give away. See the Tentmakers of Cairo and the Fashion sans Frontières Show, or spend time browsing hundreds of stands selling patchwork and quilting supplies. We're sure it will be an inspiring day out! To enter this competition then please click here. Winners announced 3 August 2011 11-14 August, 10-5.30pm, NEC Birmingham, B40 1NT
If you enjoyed our scarves article 'Head Start' in this month's magazine (pg 31) then why not enter our prize draw? We have two copies of Scarves by Nicky Albrechtsen & Fola Solanke, worth £35 each, to give away. If you're feeling lucky then please click here to enter.
Julia Jowett's illustrations, inspired by legends and folklore, instantly captured our attention at New Designers this year. Watchful eagles and silhouettes of crows lurk at the edges of her framed drawings, guarding the wire sculpted characters that reside there. Whimsical illustrations of Inuit kamik boots and folk costumes are embellished with delicate hand embroidery. And her printed samplers are adorned with tiny stitches, printed buttons and crocheted flowers... See her work exhibited in the Selvedge shop later this year!
Samantha Brazier, graduate from the University of Derby, loves the fashion from the 1940s and 50s, especially the iconic Horrocks dresses. Antique cigar boxes, dusty old poetry books, pretty vintage buckles and (of course!) Horrocks dress patterns inspired the drawings behind her knitwear collection. We couldn't resist her fresh colour pallet, scalloped edges and delicate lace holes... Samantha will design a window display for the Selvedge shop, see her work on display next Spring!
Olivia Streatfeild-James, winner of Selvedge's prize for Excellence in Textiles, grew up in Perthshire drawing the wildlife around her. Little did she imagine she'd be digging out her childish drawings to use as inspiration for her degree design work. Not that you'd know when looking at her refined drawings of pheasants, hedgehogs and mischievous squirrels. But her topsy-turvy houses and maze of trees subtly capture her inner child's perspective and playfulness. Olivia's work will be on display at the Selvedge shop in October.