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Villages brewery reveal their secret ingredient

An essential component in creating a successful brew is disco, with a generous serving of jazz, according to brothers Archie and Louis Villages, founders of the Villages brewery.

Indigo dyer Aboubakar Fofana on his kind of blue

For Aboubakar Fofana, indigo dyeing is both art and technology: it is alchemy; a communion with God, or nature, or both. He doesn’t just make colour; he grows and nourishes the bacteria that creates it. Roll up for his magical mystery tour…

The secrets of Islay

Author Richard Benson goes in search of the spirit of a remote Hebridean island… where the whisky always comes with water. Dedicated to the memory of our friend Carl Reavey.

Laura Ellen Bacon: meet the willow queen

In this exclusive extract from Issue 15, we discover how the acclaimed artist has been fashioning elaborate sculptural forms out of natural material ever since creating complex treehouses as a child. ‘There’s lots of muscle involved’, she explains…

Time is on their hands

Working with incredible accuracy, cocooned from the outside world, knowing that they have all the time they need to get things exactly right: meet the best watchmakers in the world…

H&C Recommends: Elizabeth Friedlander

First on our ‘must see’ calendar for 2018 is Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft’s retrospective of the work of designer and calligrapher Elizabeth Friedlander, best known for her work on Penguin book covers in the mid-20th century.

H&C Recommends: The best of 2017 Pt 2

In the second of our reviews of 2017, Editorial Director Mark Hooper picks his cultural highlights, alongside our own 'Saint Nicks' – contributing Editors Nick Sullivan and Nick Compton…

Once Around the Block with Philip Treacy

Philip Treacy’s collection of unique wooden blocks, handcarved by a master craftsman in Paris, represent a rare and very personal library of the shapes that have formed his career. Just don’t call them art…