We're delighted to announce that we have become a stockist for a lovely bi-monthly publication from the UK that celebrates textiles and promotes the "beautifully made and carefully considered" (which is what we help you do here at the Yarn Bar when you choose to make something with yarn).
Launched in 2004 by Polly Leonard, the magazine's stories acknowledge the significance of textiles as a part of everybody's story all over the world - encompassing different cultures and traditions. Not only is the magazine interesting, it is a joy to hold and 'digest':
"Everything from the photography and illustrations we commission, to the paper stock we print the magazine on, is about bringing you textiles at their aesthetic and thought-provoking best." ~Polly Leonard
Polly hopes that this publication helps us become more aware of the significance of textiles in the world.
She says, "I was born in 1966 when an average person spent over 10% of their income on clothing and shoes. The average person bought fewer than 25 garments a year. Fast forward half a century and the average person spends less than 3.5% of their income on clothing and shoes. Yet, we buy more clothing than ever before: nearly 20 billion garments a year, close to 70 pieces of clothing per person, or more than one clothing purchase per week. More than 39 million tons of used textile waste is generated each year, and the amount has doubled over the last 20 years. Our love of textiles and an insatiable desire for ever-cheaper production may have created the climate crisis, but I believe that textiles also hold the key to a sustainable future."
Each issue focuses on a narrow topic in a textile-centric, in-depth way with history, good writing, interviews, and gorgeous photos. The magazines are available in a few retail locations around the US and we are so happy to be welcomed to the group.