Selvedge Issue 92
"The third Thursday in January is considered to be the most depressing day of the year. The excitement and light associated with Christmas, New Year, Diwali, and Hanukkah has dimmed and spring seems a long way off. Spirits can be low and the body tense with cold. This issue we think about textiles created to comfort the soul, as well as the body. With important exhibitions celebrating the work of pioneers Magdalena Abakanowicz in London and The Fabric of Modernity: Matisse, Picasso, Miró…and French Tapestries at the Kunsthalle in Munich in the coming months, we certainly have much to look forward to in the spring. After enjoying Tracy Chevalier’s novel A Single Thread and learning of the pioneering work of Louisa Pesel (who is also the subject of an exhibition in February), I have been drawn to textiles inspired by religious motives - an area I have previously overlooked. To my delight, I have found a treasure trove, from rich tapestries to the glorious chasubles designed by Matisse for the Dominican Chapel of the Rosary at Vence, and the sumptuous work of the Broderers of St Paul’s Cathedral. We will look at colour, repair and visit the Nordic region in future issues, but, for now, light an open fire, pull up a chair and enjoy a good read."