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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.

My word is my bond

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As a philosophy ‘Make Do and Mend' has made a spectacular return to favour. What could be nicer  - to emphasise your new approach to living - than this beautifully screen-printed poster from Bold & Noble? Ok, so there is the merest hint of hypocrisy in buying new things to demonstrate your frugality but it's not for us to judge if your commitment is more lip service than life-long belief. At least it's 100% recycled card... and if it tears I'm sure you'll be ready with the sticky tape...

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A pattern emerges

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Looking for something to do this weekend? 'Dogtooth and Tessellate' could be just the ticket. An inspiring selection of paintings, drawings, wallpapers and textiles from early 20th century to present day. The roll call is an impressive one;  Sonia Delaunay, Atelier Simultané, Eduardo Paolozzi, Henry Moore, Raoul Dufy, Salvador Dalí and Humphrey Spender.'Until 1st February, The approach 47 Approach Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9LY, Wed-Sun, 12-6

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A sensitive issue

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We'd like to talk to you about a delicate matter. Following a visit to Japan German born artist Hillu Liebelt has produced a new series of work. The sophisticated mixture of tapestries and sculptures is a new avenue of exploration for the artist and the result is a collection of restful installations constructed from fragile silk cocoons, thin steel wires and natural stone. Delicate Matters, Platform Gallery 24 January-7 March, touring to Black Swan Arts, 9 May-13 June 2009

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Head to Percy Street to banish grey and gloomy feelings....

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With a sun as unreliable as ever I think it might be best to look elsewhere for a burst of colour and light. Spectrum is on show until 9 August and the combined impact of work by Alpa Mistry, Preeti Gilani and Fiona Rutherford would easily equal an hour or two in the sun. Standing in front of one of Ptolemy Mann’s bright woven panels may not actually cause your body to synthesise Vitamin D but it will certainly lift your spirits ...

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One day on...

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And we would like to bring a designer from New Designers, One Year On to your attention. Delyth Walsh was the worthy winner of the Textile Society's Lucienne Day Award. Her textiles demonstrate her “passion for 1950's design and Scandinavian style” and her clear understanding of the properties of cloth – a skill that sounds obvious but cannot be assumed, even in a textile designer. Delyth has applied her prints to a range of cushions, table runners, and mats.

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