Selvedge at the V&A


We’ve been busy at WGSN-HBL preparing for the London Design Festival next week. It’s the busiest week of the design calendar, in that every single member of the team will be out and about seeing things, rather than just the lucky few who are flown out to Milan in the spring. To help HBL subscribers navigate through all the inevitable mundanity that accompanies the great design on show, we wrote a Top Ten.

This little gem, however, is my own personal tip for what to do: it sounds like a lot of fun.

The sure-to-be-lovely writers and creatives behind the beautifully-bound Selvedge, a well-written and considered textile magazine, will spend this Sunday hosting a free, public workshop at the V&A museum. They’ll be stitching and stuffing a small army of fabric pigeons, which will flock into a miniature replica of Trafalgar Square at the end of the day, courtesy of illustrator Alice Stevenson.

This appeals to me for a few reasons. Firstly, it will be celebrating individual creativity, and at the same time embracing the value of public and social interaction. This is something LDF sometimes lacks: a group of designers, developers and manufacturers make something together, through a collaborative vision, and then the public consume it.

Secondly, it just sounds fun, a cheerful distraction from real life, and probably one of the few events during LDF that recognises itself as simply a bit of fun. And it’s a distraction that encourages people to make things, themselves – by hand and possibly quite slowly – and appreciate the end results. Craft is undergoing a resurgence, but as a huge craft enthusiast, it can never resurge too much for my liking. Anything which promotes craft is good, on the whole.

After spending your Sunday having fun at the V&A, you’re free to do what you like for the rest of the week. If you insist on recreating my schedule, see you at The Dock, Tramshed, Timorous Beasties, Bench10 at Lollipop Shoppe and of course at the biggies, 100% and Tent.

More information on the Selvedge event (although not much more) here.

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Selvedge at the V&A