THE SELVEDGE WORLD FAIR - A CELEBRATION OF CLOTH, CULTURE & CREATIVITY
3rd - 5th September 2020, Mary Ward House, London, UK
Exhibitor applications now open until end of January.
Selvedge magazine has a passion for handmade textiles at its heart and a responsibility to support the artisans who make these textiles in its conscience. Over the last 15 years, Selvedge Magazine has grown to be both a source of thoughtful inspiration and an essential voice in the global promotion and preservation of handmade textiles. With the support of the magazine, the Selvedge World Fair is in an ideal position to find long-term, innovative solutions that support artisans globally and nurture the handmade.
In September 2020, The Selvedge World Fair will launch its inaugural event, a festival celebrating textiles in Bloomsbury, London, held over 3 days. Within the historically significant Arts and Crafts building that is Mary Ward House, a curated group of the world’s master artisans will join together to share and sell their textiles and demonstrate how they are skilfully made. Expect indigo dyers from Japan, baskets makers from Swaziland, rug weavers from Uzbekistan and much more... At the event, the master artisans will take part in a programme of presentations, offering the chance for guests to hear their stories and learn of the importance of their crafts in their home countries.
The Selvedge Foundation will be working in partnership with department stores and museums to host a series of workshops in the week leading up to the Selvedge World Fair.
Selvedge hopes the event will:
Create economic opportunities for artisans working in the production of handmade textiles worldwide and promote sustainable alternatives to the global textile industry.
To ensure high standards of craftsmanship, exhibiting artisans will be required to submit an application showing that their work either celebrates a traditional craft or offers an innovative interpretation of one indigenous to their home country. There will be a rigorous three stage selection process, during which museum curators, academics and specialists in each craft submitted will ensure quality and integrity as well as a balanced an exciting consumer experience.
To successfully deliver the event The Selvedge Foundation needs to generate funds to assist in the artisans’ with their travel and accommodation expenses as well as to cover the costs of staging an event of this scale. Funds will be raised through a crowd-funding campaign and donations from Selvedge subscribers and followers. Aside from this Selvedge will look for further financial support from partner organisations and embassies of the Artisans’ home countries.
Tickets for the event will be available early in 2020.
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The potential impact of an event like this is huge - from supporting the creative economy to preserving endangered crafts. But in order to bring the Selvedge World Fair to life, our Foundation needs to raise funds to cover the costs of staging the event and to enable our artisans to travel to and to stay with us in London. This is why I am asking for your support. Please consider donating to our campaign - we would be hugely grateful for any donation, however large or small. Every donation received will bring us one step closer to staging this extraordinary exhibition.
With over 100 artisans from as many countries to manage and numerous activities between 29 June- 5 July 2020 and an anticipated 5,000 visitors, the small team at Selvedge relies on volunteers like you to support the event. You can help set up, work with visitors at the event, or alongside the artisans themselves, alongside a range of other tasks throughout the busy days of setting up and running the Fair. It's a great opportunity for you to get involved, get real hands-on experience and support the craft community.
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