Hole & Corner x Port Eliot Festival 2019 – Full workshop programme

We return to Port Eliot this July to present ‘Create Connect Craft’ – a whole area dedicated to workshops, creativity, learning and good times!

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…

Available now: The Details Issue

For our March issue, Hole & Corner turns its attention to an appreciation of the minutiae of cutting-edge design: those little touches that can make all the difference, from fashion to product design, food to furniture.

Top 10 London Craft Week picks

There’s so much to do and see during London Craft Week – a whole world of workshops, talks, physical experiences and glimpses into the possibilities of a more mindful, creative life. You will need to be strategic. Spend an evening perusing the programme and make sure you book as some of the places are limited.

H&C Recommends: west lands

South West England has a rich history of crafting traditions that have been passed on from generation to generation and continue to be a source of inspiration for aspiring makers and artists.

TOAST launches creative residency

Inspired by their spring/summer collection (titled The Unknown Path) TOAST has gathered together some of its friends and collaborators to share their experience, knowledge and craft know-how.

Cutting Shapes

Obsidian was the choice of material for Mexican architect and designer Frida Escobedo when commissioned by the 11th-generation tequila brand, Maestro DOBEL, to create a drinking vessel to showcase its range.

From fungus to furniture – Sebastian Cox

Sebastian Cox explains how he’s combining tradition with biotech futurism to create a homeware range out of mushrooms. ‘It’s very satisfying to email a customer and write, Thank you for your order, your product is now growing,’ he says…

Factory Corners – Isle of Harris

For clothing designer Ashley Watson, a work trip to Skye with his vintage motorbike afforded an unexpected bonus – a visit to Carloway Mill on the Isle of Harris, home of one of the world’s most respected fabrics. It made me think, he says, how all too often I look for inspiration from far-flung places …

A rare glimpse inside the HQ of porcelain masters Nymphenburg

At Nymphenburg’s Munich headquarters, the fine line between art and craft is blended in a way that only the stillest of hands can achieve, armed with 300 years of acquired skill in porcelain manufacture – but always with the attitude of an open and enquiring mind. ‘You always have to learn,’ says master craftsman Anton Hörl…

How Christina Kim built her cult brand dosa

Motivated by the need to keep traditional skills alive as new generations move on from their parents’ vocations, Christina Kim has built her own business into an internationally-respected brand – all thanks to a special talent: ‘I can see and mimic,’ she says…

The Curators' Guide to Venice

With the Venice Biennale up and running once more (until 25 November 2019), we asked the people who know it best – the hoteliers, the art critics, the artists and most of all the curators – to open up their little black books for us…

The Slow Burn

Ben Short gave up an advertising job in London to become a charcoal burner and hedge-layer in Dorset. He isn’t a craftsman, he insists, more of a semi-skilled labourer devoted to The Old Way. ‘I didn’t know what I wanted to do,’ he says, ‘but I knew I wanted to be useful.’

Taking a punt with rush weaver Felicity Irons

Felicity Irons is one of the last of the English rush weavers, keeping alive a craft that remains unchanged since Anglo Saxon times, using crops she harvests herself from a punt on the river Ouse. How did she learn this ancient art? ‘I taught myself from a book…’

Dreaming high with Cameron Balloons

Founded in Bristol in the 1970s, Cameron Balloons have earned their reputation as the best hot-air balloon company in the world. They may have come a long way from the early days of stitching canopies in their own flat, but the principle remains the same, as founder Don Cameron explains: ‘Heat air and it expands…’ 

Marks of Success

For designer Ilse Crawford, working with Bosnian furniture company Zanat on a unique project to celebrate native Konjic woodcarving offered the chance to explore how hands-on craft is remaking itself in the wake of digital. ‘I think the physical world needs to be better,’ she says. ‘It needs to step up…’

The Glassblowers of Saint-Louis

In the tiny French village of Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche, a centuries-old performance takes place every day, as the craftspeople at Saint-Louis crystal work in eight-hour shifts to produce some of the most exquisite glassware in the world. Come and join the dance…

Foraging with Toast’s Jessica Seaton

The local landscape has always informed Jessica Seaton’s work; be it Toast, the fashion brand she co-founded with her husband Jamie, or foraging for ingredients in West Wales – which is where we found her, listening to trees…

Commune on the power of collaborating

Collaboration is key for Commune, the LA design brand whose golden rules of creativity put respect for the maker at the pinnacle. ‘A lot of people want something from an artist,’ they say. ‘It’s only successful when both parties are proud of the result…’

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…

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