Challenging Perceptions: Selvedge Magazine Discovers Breadth Of Our Museum Design Resources


We love Selvedge Magazine, but then who doesn’t. Three years ago on a trip to London, Pamela called Polly Leonard, the magazine’s founder and asked if she could visit her and describe our unique work.

After enjoying a cup of tea in the magazine’s charming shop - cum office, Pamela described to Polly the diverse holdings of our four Santa Fe- based museums, explaining that the collections feature not just the finest Southwestern material, but include one of the world’s top ten ethnographic textile collections, the 100,000 piece folk art collection that inspired much of mid-century modernist Alexander Girard’s fabric designs as well as European, Asian and African ceramics, furniture and jewelry.

Though Polly was gracious and interested it was not until she travelled to Santa Fe last summer to attend the renowned International Folk Art Market – a gathering of 150 artists from 100 countries – that she saw for herself what I had attempted to describe.

The result? The Folk Art Issue: an entire Selvedge issue dedicated to the international nature of our museums, the city of Santa Fe and the extraordinary artisan gathering known as the International Folk Art Market.

Click the photos above to read the article about our museum collections and our approach to licensing and design.