Nora & Luna attended the Selvedge Fair in Bath. “Selvedge is a magazine that acknowledges the significance of textiles as a part of everyone’s story. We are surrounded by cloth from the cradle to the grave and by exploring our universal emotional connection to fibre we share the stories and values that mean the most to us. From why we love the sound of a needle pulling thread through taut linen, to why we are fascinated by the clothes we wear and the fibres we unknowingly rely on.”
The team behind Selvedge curated a collection of fifty merchants and makers. The exhibitors sold a range of vintage fabrics, haberdashery and handmade textiles. The fair was the perfect opportunity to meet makers, attend workshops and buy products.
The event was located at the Assembly Rooms in Bath, which are owned by the National Trust. The building was used for tea and dancing. It was built by John Wood and is a must to visit if you are coming to Bath.
Alongside the fair, you could relax with a cup of tea and a delicious lunch in the Assembly Rooms Café. The Assembly Rooms had a lot of plants and beautiful decor. Once you had visited the fair, you could take a tour of Bath's fashion museum which is housed in the Assembly Rooms. They have several exhibitions running. Entry for a single adult is £9.50 or you can get in free if you have a Resident’s Discovery Card.
There were a lot of talented merchants and makers at the event, including Linladan. Linladan means The Flax Barn in Swedish. They sell a range of textiles and threads. The threads on the website are spun in the heart of Sweden’s textile industrial area in the 1960s. The factory closed down and the threads were hidden away.
The company found out about Linblomman linen threads. The textile house called Nordiska found a major collection of original drawings, pattern charts and embroidered samples. Over this year Linladan continue to work with Nordiska to publish more of the Nordiska patterns.
Rebecca’s Aix Home sell a selection of vintage and antique linens alongside their Indian kantha quilts. They have a love for textiles and colour, which led Rebecca’s Aix Home to start stocking beautiful Indian kantha quilts. They are perfect for brightening up your home. They also sell a range of cushions and bags on their online shop.
Inclusive Trade source and develop products ethically by charting their supply chain and the story of each artisan and maker. “Inclusive shopping means being able to shop for products while making choices about the impact you want your purchase to have on the world.” Inclusive Trade is a platform that promotes makers who have a positive impact on the planet. They sell a range of products including teacup candles, clothing and artwork.
Ona Kimono is a showroom for vintage and antique Japanese textiles. All of their kimonos are vintage and date up to the 1950s. They specialise in the traditional Japanese Meisen technique. All of their pieces are individually priced, which can be viewed on their Etsy shop. They also sell frames with the Meisen fabric inside as artwork.
Charlotte Macey has been hand making beautiful and practical homeware since 2010. She has a background in embroidery and a degree in Textile Design. Charlotte's studio is based in the Cotswolds. It is here that Charlotte developed her embroidered designs into printed fabric collections. Charlotte Macey sells linen cushions, embroidered linen tea towels, kitchen accessories, stationery and screen printed crockery.
Cambridge Imprint is a design partnership based in Cambridge. They create a range of designs, including patterned paper, illustrations and typography. They use traditional methods of block printing and screen-printing to create their designs, which are then transferred to our products by digital.
Teresa Dune Woven Textiles is based in North Cornwall. She creates hand woven cloth which is transformed into scarves and cushions. She sells a range of patterns and designs on her online shop, alongside attending fairs.
Emma Chapman Jewels is an award winning jewellery business. Emma Chapman uses gemstones, metals and ancient couture techniques to create her jewellery. “Drawing on old heritage traditions, her jewellery incorporates carving, engraving, enamel, jaali and embossed work. Her signature style is haute-bohemian in flavour, exotic and glamorous.”
Experience Ukraine are a young family living in Herefordshire. They set up a unique travel business which offers opportunities for groups and individuals. They also sell a range of textiles include rugs, wooden spoons, socks and mittens. There were many more talented makers at this event, and these were just some that attended. We definitely recommend a visit a Selvedge Fair, especially when it is in Bath.
To view more events and workshops that Selvedge has to offer, head to https://www.selvedge.org/collections/fairs-2018-19.