RESOURCES / textile magazines
Even with all of the endless sources of inspiration online these days, I still love thumbing through a gorgeous print magazine. It calms me, enables me to escape into its pages for an hour or so and truly appreciate textile work on a whole new level. I love to collect textile magazines and honestly, I don't have enough. I wish I could subscribe to every single one, but as a niche publication tends to go, they can get quite pricey. That's why I am always on the lookout for back issues at thrift stores, used book stores, flea markets and occasionally eBay (if I'm looking for a particular issue).
Here are a few textile magazines I love to read and where you can find them if you're interested (website or buying info will be linked in the name). This, of course, is by no means an exhaustive list, as I feel like I keep discovering new publications more often than not, but it's something to get you started (in no particular order!).
- HAND/EYE ($9.95 USD) online / print
I have been following this magazine for what feels like years now and it never ceases to inspire. Focusing on textiles and textile artists across the globe, it is so rich in content. The print issues sell out fast, but you can read a lot of the content online for free.
- Knit Wit ($20.00 USD) print
This is a new magazine that just started this year, but I was in love from the first issue. Features lots of textiles artists you probably already obsess over on Instagram and that hip sort of minimalist photography style that makes you want to redecorate your house. Worth every penny.
- selvedge ($29.95 USD) digital / print
UK-based publication that focuses on "textiles in fashion, fine art, craft, design, interiors, travel and shopping". Gorgeous photography and informative, well-written articles. Pricey, but I have found used back issues for substantially less.
- Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot ($8.00 USD) print
This magazine subscription is only available to members of the Handweavers Guild of America (I believe). I am not a member, but every once in awhile an issue pops up at a used bookstore or somewhere. This is more traditional in structure, not a design magazine by any means, but covers things like book reviews, exhibitions, technical articles and patterns.
- Handwoven ($7.99 USD) digital / print
Also more traditional in structure and aesthetic, Handwoven covers some textile artists and work, but mostly focuses on technical articles, projects and patterns. There can be some really useful information, although I find I am less concerned with the projects included. This is one of those magazines I buy used mostly.
- Fiber Art Now ($10.00 USD) digital / print
This magazine used to be called, FiberArts, but it is still basically the same premise. Focused on the fine art aspect of textiles, it profiles individual artists, current and past exhibitions, tips and relevant articles for the working textile artist. Some great articles and ways to expand your knowledge of other textile artists.
- Uppercase ($18.00 CAD) print
This is not a textile magazine, but a design magazine "for the creative and curious". I included this for a particular issue (no. 24) that focused on textile art. It profiled different artists, style features, etc. Jam packed with goodies, if you can find a back issue, you'll enjoy it!
Do you subscribe or read any textile magazines? Know of any great ones that I missed?
Let me know! I am always looking for more to add to my collection. Plus, I would love to hear what you guys have been reading. Hopefully, this adds a bit of a different flavor. Until next time...