Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Magazine review: Selvedge

One of the things I like is browsing through magazines. One of my favourite magazines has to be Selvedge. It summarises itself as

"an independent, 100-page full colour magazine published six times a year. The magazine is image led and has an uncompromising design. Directed towards and international audience, Selvedge covers fine textiles in every context with illustrated features on fine art, fashion, interiors, ethnographic textiles, important collections, travel and shopping. The latest book reviews, exhibitions and comprehensive listings feature in every issue. The magazine provides a wide-ranging, unbiased and critical overview of the textile world".

I think that description does about cover it; only I don't think the last sentence is necessarily true. There isn't much 'unbiased and critical overview' as far as I have seen. But then again, the magazine is so lovely (and that even includes the paper, the smell, you know, the whole package) who can blame the writers to get carried away?

Hudson's Bay Point Blankets and Jonathan Adler Cushions
Cushions by Jonathan Adler

They feature lots of interesting textile artists and designers, talk about rejuvenated old techniques, new techniques etc. and basically inspire you to try out new stuff.
One thing I did find annoying at times is that they are quite heavy handed with their emails, which are mostly publicity for stuff they sell in their (web)shop.

Huopaliike Lahtinen Felt Slippers
Felt slippers by Huopaliike Lahtinen

Other than taking out a subscription (which is quite expensive if you live outside the U.K.) it is quite hard to get hold of a copy. If you would like to get a feel for the magazine there is always the website, so check it out even if you have just the teensiest penchant for fabrics. They even do an online version now, so I guess that solves the issue of delivery costs.

If you know of any interesting textile related magazines, I would love to hear about them so do drop me a line.


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