3rd – 5th September 2020, Mary Ward House, London, UK
The Selvedge World Fair will launch its inaugural festival celebrating cloth, culture and creativity in Bloomsbury, London. Held over 3 days within the historically significant Mary Ward House, a curated group of the world’s master artisans will join together to share their passion for textiles. Expect indigo dyers from Japan, baskets makers from Swaziland, and rug weavers from Uzbekistan and many more. At the event, the master artisans will take part in a programme of presentations, offering the chance for guests to hear their stories and learn of the importance of their crafts in their home countries and to indulge in a little retail therapy.
Applications are open until 15 February 2020. Exhibitors to be announced 1st April 2020.
Selvedge is unashamedly biased towards the handmade. This bias is at the heart of what they bring to their readers, and their workshops, socials and fairs are built around a passion for nurturing and promoting makers. The Selvedge World Fair is not only for textile aficionados – it will be a vibrant celebration of cloth: a festival that engages a new audience with the importance of the fabric of all our lives.
To ensure high standards of craftsmanship, exhibiting artisans will be required to submit an application demonstrating that their work either celebrates a traditional craft or offers an innovative interpretation of one indigenous to their home country. There will be a rigorous three stage selection process during which museum curators, academics, and retail experts will ensure quality and integrity as well as a balanced and exciting consumer experience.