Jane Rendell, with Enrique Cavelier, Sophie Chamberlain, Sean Cham, Yuxiao Chen, Rachael Docherty, Abdulrahman El-Taliawi, Sara Kärpänen, Keren Kuenberg, Francesca Marino, Olga Markou, Lia Mazzari, Artemis Papachristou, Rebecca Sainsot-Reynolds, David Roberts, Diana Salazar, Honor Vincent, Fanqi Zhou, and Vid Žnidaršic, ‘Selvedges/Self-edges’, Carolyn Strauss (ed), Slow Spatial Research: Chronicles of Radical Affection (Valiz, 2021).

‘I’ve recently become fascinated by the word selvedge: as a noun, it describes the edge of a piece of fabric finished in such a way that the threads will not unravel, as well as the excess area of a printed sheet, a decorative border, and the uncut vegetation around a cultivated field; and as a transitive verb, it indicates the act of forming an edging or boundary. [1] If that isn’t enough to get one thinking about the spaces of edges and the making of borders, it has a geological meaning too—a selvedge is a stratum that has been placed under pressure, a zone of rock that has been altered.’

[1] See the Oxford English Dictionary online.

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