Selvedge is a magazine that acknowledges the significance of textiles as a part of everyone’s story. From why we love the sound of a needle pulling thread through taut linen, to why we are fascinated by the clothes we wear and the fibres we unknowingly rely on. Selvedge is dedicated to finding and nurturing textiles from every angle believing that textiles unite all humanity and in surveying the development of society it is clear that textiles appear as the protagonist.
This issue: Whether you create surface patterns like Cressida Bell, construct garments like Yeolee Teng, weave sculptures like Kazuhito Takadoi or make quilts like Jenni Smith... Geometry and mathematics are fundamental to all textile making. The first computer had its origins in the Jacquard Loom invented in 1804!
While the symmetry and structure of an Amish Quilt is visually satisfying, for me it is when the geometry is challenged and the structure disrupted by the force of nature, whether this is the will of the material as seen in Ruth Castle’s beautiful modernist baskets or the evidence of the hand of the maker in the godharis quilts of Maharashtra, India. This tension and visual interest are evident in my favourite handmade textiles throughout the world, some of which we feature in this issue.