I have a love*hate relationship with magazines.
Reasons I love magazines. . . .
1. They arrive in the mail (and greet you when you come home from work, saying, “hello, pick me up and read me. aren’t you glad I’m not some nasty old mass mailing?”)
2. They come frequently and are current politically or seasonally.
3. They are good for ideas (see #2).
4. They are not sacred like books and can more freely be cut apart or repurposed (although some magazines are sacred like books and would NEVER be cut up, see below).
5. They are fun to read and easy to flip through for pictures.
Reasons I hate magazines. . .
1. They pile up and you have to always tend to the stack or basket or shelf, wherever you stash them.
2. They are constantly going outdated when the next issue arrives.
3. One must suffer through lots of advertisements, often more pages than the articles/photos/etc. themselves.
4. One must always ask: is this information from a reliable source? (depending on the magazine being read)
BUT, the current debate aside, one periodical erases any question: Selvedge!
There is no question here, no pro/con list to be debated. If you have never read this magazine, you must pick one up the next time you see it. Do not let the price deter you, for although it will cost you a pretty penny it is worth every last cent.
This is what they say of themselves:
Selvedge Magazine… offers the world’s finest textile photography, unparalleled design and peerless writing.
Our aim is simple: to provide a textile publication which fits seamlessly into their creative lifestyle. Directed towards an international, discerning audience, Selvedge covers fine textiles in every context: fine art, interiors, fashion, travel and shopping.
This is what I pick up when I need a little inspiration. The photos are beautiful, the articles are interesting, the artists inspiring. . . I even like looking at the ads! You can find Selvedge on-line here or their blog here. In this new year, may you start finding this treasure in your mailbox.