This issue is rather a fascinating read, it’s primary subject focus matter is LACE. I have never really been too aware or that interested in LACE, but a recent trip to Nottingham for an interview to continue my studies in Textile Design has exposed me to the exquisite craftsmanship required to design and create this amazing fabric.

Due to the industrialised processes of machine-made lace as early as the 19th Century, the skilled labour of the hand began to be replaced by the machine. The material itself symbolises specific occasions through a life, especially in context with underwear, marriage, and birth. Lace signifies heritage and significance to wealth and tradition.

The ‘Silhouettes en Dentelle – Series 1’, a collaboration between Mal Burkinshaw and lace extraordinaire Sophie Hallette questioned the absence of the individual who may inhabit the lace garments. What type of body shape would fit inside? The underlying concept of the series was to decode specific figure aesthetics and bring to the forefront some of the negative body issues highlighted, especially within today’s fashion industry.


Burkinshaw, M. and Halette, S (2013-14) Silhouettes en Dentelle – Series 1 (Photograph) In Leonard, P. (2018) ‘BLACK HOLES: The Exploration of Absence’, Selvedge Magazine, 82(May 2018), p. 51

When I began my reading journey through this magazine, I first noticed an incredible little advert by a company called TWOFOLD: Textiles & Travel, specifically aimed at a working tour and creative retreat in Mexico.


I have always had a desire to fuse travel with creative learning, but have never quite know where to source such an adventure. Thanks to Selvedge I now have access to this incredible resource and am seriously considering undertaking this once in a lifetime escapade.

You could imagine my surprise when I found a similar company advertising a Fair Trade Textile/Folk Art/Market Tour 22 day working Tour over Peru. The tour would incorporate Tapestry Weaving, Knitting, Hand Embroidery, Braiding Natural Dyes and Gourd Carving, which to me would be 22 days of sheer heaven!!!I have always wanted to travel South America, and again thanks to Selvedge I have access to another wonderful resource, hopefully expanding upon my existing knowledge and creative practice.


‘DRAWN THREAD WORK: Lace structure Architectural Design’. No sooner had I turned the page I became transfixed by the beautiful contrast between the textural and patterned elements between the textiles and the structural solid elements of the architecture. Although not a new phenomenon, as this relationship is millennia old; the tradition of portable civilisations throughout history has always been a marriage of sorts. The use of certain fabric, and pattern of textiles can give a new context to the buildings they have been designed in unison with. The purpose of this marriage is to create a new tactile identity, something which can be a source of inspiration in breaking the connotation that lace is just for fashion.


St John, C. (2009) Nottingham Contemporary. Available at: (Accessed 7 May 2018)

I am so excited to be moving to and studying in Nottingham!! The amount of possible creative explorative adventures is incredible. I aim to visit Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery/Building as soon as I move up there.

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