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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.

Hang it out

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In issue 27 we asked you to turn off your tumble-dryer. It might seem like a lot to ask but the advantages are clear. An electric tumble-dryer is one of the largest energy consuming devices in the home, accounting for a massive 4.3% of the UK's entire domestic energy consumption. We're hoping that by acting together Selvedge readers can make a real difference so please let us know if you've decided to abandon your tumble-dryer in favour of Mother Nature...

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Social season

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If you'd like to find out more about collecting contemporary textiles then put your name on the guest list for one of the Whitworth's social events. This week you can spend an evening in the company of Nita Thakore, one of India's leading textile artists, and established artists, Anne Morrell and Rachael Howard. If you would like to attend rsvp to Leanne Lightfoot by 4 March, leanne.lightfoot@manchester.ac.uk, T: 0161 275 7463. The event takes place on Thursday 5 March, 6-8pm

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Love handle's

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This Valentine's Day embrace all shapes and sizes but do it quickly, Love Handle's, at the Contemporary Applied Arts gallery closes tomorrow. Head down there to see Michael Brennand-Wood's installation 'Slow Reveal', which is his interpretation of a "journey of love". Also on show is jewellery by Louise O'Neill and hand-made paper flowers by Peter Niczewski which would be a more enduring option than the ubiquitous dozen red roses.

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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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