It has been a long journey since we launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for the Selvedge world Fair in March 2019, We were delighted to receive 560 applications for the first of what we hope will be a regular fixture in the social calendar. Ten judges all specialists in the in their fields independently scrutinised every entry against the criteria:
Cultural authenticity does the work connect to the cultural heritage of the maker's home country.
Quality of design: colour, composition, shape and form.
Quality of craftsmanship, hand skills and mastery of technique.
Sustainability is the products environmentally and economically sustainable.
I thank them for their hard work and am delighted with the roster of master artisans we have for the first incarnation. Sadly the pandemic necessitated the Selvedge World Fair to become an online event. Our roaster of artisans has fluctuated over the last months as countries have gone in and out of lock-down and artisans have become sick and recovered, we even have artisans in Beirut using their textile skills to repair and reconstruct furniture damaged in the recent explosion, as well as a member in Australia evacuated from their homes as a result of bushfires. In overcoming this adversity, I have been inspired by the tenacity our artisans have demonstrated. The circumstances we find ourselves living in has presented many positive opportunities, with our artisans rising to the challenges of creating and delivering zoom presentations. Recording podcast interviews and photographing their work ready for sale.
I am extremely grateful to our judges whose expertise and generosity has made the Selvedge world fair a reality.Applications for the 2021 event will open on 1 October 2020. More information coming soon.