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Dear Reader, Selvedge celebrated its first birthday in relaxed style. The occasion was marked with a party that took place on a perfect summer evening. We would like to thank all our sponsors, particularly the Livingstone Studio, subscribers and everyone who has contributed to the success of the magazine in its first year. Ed

Dear Editor, I continue to be very pleased with the content and the visual aspects of your magazine. I am impressed by the breadth of subjects you choose to cover. We will be traveling in Europe this summer and I have taken note of several mills, exhibits and designers mentioned in recent issues. I particularly liked the references to the Italian mill, the Iranian designer working in England and the Israeli scarf weaver working in Paris, all collaborating to produce a wonderful collection. The hope of the world may be in textiles! Barbara Shapiro

Dear Editor, In Jessica Hemmings' tribute to Agnes Martin I noticed no mention was made of her close friend, the weaver Lenore Tawney. Lenore Tawney, working in the midst of Agnes Martin, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly and Robert Rauschenberg, in NY, wove her breakthrough sculptures during the early sixties. The two women were in close contact, often discussing what inspired them and providing much needed moral support. According to an interview and article on Lenore Tawney in Eleanor Munroe's book Originals: American Women Artists, Agnes Martin even helped Tawney name her works.

Their influence upon each other during their NYC years will never be fully known. Although it was noted that Martin's work shares an affininty with textiles, it's a shame that this friendship and influence continues to go unnoticed and undocumented. Laura E. Sapelly,

Dear Editor, It was wonderful to see Frida Kahlo placed in a textile context. Her clothes played a crucial role in her self-image and the amazing 'cult of personality' that has sprung up around her life and work. The vibrant colours and textures of her costume were a striking contrast to the atmosphere of desperate sadness I experienced when visiting her 'Blue House' in Mexico. I found the displays of her personal items almost unbearable. Your article provided a timely reminder that under the bright fabrics and beautiful embroidery was a woman battling everything from political systems to a whole host of personal demons. Celine Jouvin

Stop press The death of Viji Srinivasan has just been reported from India. We hope to bring you an obituary in the next issue.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO: Eurostar Paris Weekend: Maggie Weller. Frida Kahlo tickets: Karen Brownfield, Sophie Rees, N.K. McCarthy, Catherine Corbishley Michel, Sandra Loder, Trish Mathieson. The Yellow Book: Ali McLuskie, Caroline Sharma, Asta Barrington. Denbies Wine Estate Tour: Marie Scarfe, Diana Springall, Sheila Cosgrove, Sheila Fraser. Xtreme Fashion Book: Magie Relph, Beverley Peach, Jan der Heide, Joy Evitt, Zoe Harvey-Lee. Art In Action tickets: Christine Emir, C Meisl, S. Holton, Lynne Tromans. R

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