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Selvedge - Issue 105: Checks & Stripes

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March  / April 2022

"CHECKS & STRIPES The Geometry of Cloth I was far too cool to admit to enjoying maths at high school, I loved its beauty and the magic of geometry. Perhaps this is something all textile enthusiasts have in common–whether you create surface patterns like Cressida Bell, construct garments like Yeolee Teng, weave sculptures like Kazuhito Takadoi or make quilts like Jenni Smith. Geometry and mathematics are fundamental to all textile making. Remember the first computer had its origins in the Jacquard Loom invented in 1804!
While the symmetry and structure of an Amish Quilt is visually satisfying, for me it is when the geometry is challenged and the structure disrupted by the force of nature, whether this is the will of the material as seen in Ruth Castle’s beautiful modernist baskets or the evidence of the hand of the maker in the godharis quilts of Maharashtra, India. This tension and visual interest are evident in my favourite handmade textiles throughout the world, some of which we feature in this issue."

Polly Leonard, Founder & Editor of Selvedge Magazine