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.


Seeing as I have been subscribing to this magazine for a while now, I decided to begin selecting articles/designers/companies/workshops that may be of interest currently or in the future.

An advert on Page 6 piqued my interest; Chateau Dumas in France offers week long residential courses, and the Floral Embroidery course ran by Karen Nichol, running from 4-11th August , would be an opportunity I would endeavour to grasp with both hands. Unfortunately, when looking at the website I found that this workshop had already sold out…DRAT!! However, I have now subscribed to receive e-mails of all the upcoming and future workshops.

I found an article about her on the Internet via a Blog website Flowerina (Founded and Photographed by Rona)

Nichol, K. (Associated with Flowerina) (2012) Available at: Accessed: 2 March 2018.

Her work is superb and has a wonderful collage feel to it, which got me thinking about how I could incorporate that technique within my current DIGITAL MATTERS Project: Busy Blooms.

I was also excited to find that May Morris, the youngest daughter of Arts & Crafts pioneer William Morris, had a collective exhibition @ The William Morris Gallery, but then found out I had missed it!!!!! The subsequent positive aspect of this article allowed me to find out about May Morris, considering I had never heard of her before. Her embroideries are incredible, which in turn re-established the craft as a serious art form. I will keep an eye out for her future exhibitions. Time to research her via the Cardiff met library.

William Morris Society, May Morris

Morris, M. Apples, Embroidery, William Morris Gallery, London. Available at: Accessed: 2 March 2018.

Page 57!! Finally, but by no means last, was a delightful article on the benefits of using Knit and Stitch to improve health. This is something that really resonated with me; living with a long-tern health condition means that I am often unable to undertake activities which would allow me to travel or work in a busy environment. This article documents the health benefits gained from the processes of knit and stitch, but more than that it details how it can alter our brainwaves to create new brain cells and pathways. Hand function is key when looking at the development of our brains through evolution, and the complex rhythmic patterns and repetitions utilise a lot portion of the brain. Serotonin is is released, which in turn raises the mood and eventually make a more active and happy individual. Art has been incredibly healing to me, I think without it Life would not mean much to me.