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Selvedge #89 – Latin (Viva La Mexico)
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. There are many sides to every story and Selvedge is dedicated to finding and nurturing textiles from every angle. We believe that textiles unite all humanity and in surveying the development of society it is clear that from a spider’s web to the world-wide web, textiles appear as the protagonist.
It is with this thought that we hope to widen our net as well as our own horizons with everything we do. Join us and make our stories part of your story.
In the year that the Bauhaus celebrates its centenary there are commemorative exhibitions and events taking place around the world. The school founded by the architect Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany, in 1919, was in operation for just14 years before it was closed down by the National Socialist Party. Nonetheless, it is considered to be the most influential art and design school in history. Ironically, the closing of the school led to its influence disseminating widely. Its founding principle that there should be no distinction between form and function is common and widespread today, but was revolutionary at the time.
We catch up with the Bauhaus alumni in mid-century Mexico, where the creativity of Clara Porset, Anni Albers and Cynthia Sargent, collided to create a design aesthetic that permeates every aspect of contemporary Mexican society.