Selvedge #98

Selvedge #98 The fabric of your life Magazine

Behind Selvedge is a small team dedicated to the appreciation of the beautifully made and carefully considered. Each with a background in textiles, fine art or design, the valuing and nurturing of textiles is second nature to everyone working at Selvedge. The core team of five (who all began their Selvedge careers as interns) work together on every aspect of the Selvedge story, from the very big to the very small.
As an independent publication we have complete freedom to support and work with the makers and designers that really matter to us. We see this as a crucial element in making our six magazines a year, events and shop truly our own.
In this issue: "Viva la Mexico"
In the year that the Bauhaus celebrates its centenary there are commemorative exhibitions and events taking place around the world. The school founded by the architect Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany, in 1919, was in operation for just 14 years before it was closed down by the National Socialist Party. Nonetheless, it is considered to be the most influential art and design school in history. Ironically, the closing of the school led to its influence disseminating widely. Its founding principle that there should be no distinction between form and function is common and widespread today, but was revolutionary at the time. We catch up with the Bauhaus alumni in mid-century Mexico, where the creativity of Clara Porset, Anni Albers and Cynthia Sargent, collided to create a design aesthetic that permeates every aspect of contemporary Mexican society. This aesthetic is rooted in an appreciation of materials, and a specific colour palette that originates in local flora and fauna, and is made up of indigo, cochineal and sea snail purple. Technical virtuosity has been inherited alongside a respect for the wisdom of the elders, as described in Eric Mindling’s charming story. These elements ricochet in the striking contemporary designs of Fernando Laposse and Casilda Mut. I am grateful to Marcella Echavarria who co-edited this issue. Without her enthusiasm, knowledge and hard work, our insight into this incredible culture would not have been possible.
I have learned much from Marcella’s passion for the music, food, culture and crafts of Mexico and I am delighted to share with you the intensity and energy of this extraordinary country.
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