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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…

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…

Artist Tony Hornecker builds us a hole-and-corner by the sea

Set designer to the stars, visual artist and theatrical restaurateur – Tony Hornecker is many things. He has made his life his art and his art a performance – which explains in part how he came to assemble this strange interpretation of a ‘hole-and-corner’ off the Kent coast…

In Search of the Key with Linda Nicholson

Step through the doors of her South London home and you will discover one of the finest keyboard collections in the world. And for Linda Nicholson, playing them is everything: it’s the only way to appreciate how the works of the great composers were first heard...

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…’ 

A Factory Sampler: how to make Brexit work

The British garment industry was once the pride of the nation – and with Brexit looming there has never been a better opportunity to reboot it. From investment in factories to apprenticeships, here’s how to get it right – from those who know best…

Daylesford’s organic farmer reveals his secrets

As senior farms manager at Daylesford, Richard Smith has arguably the best farming job in England. His vision of sustainable food is refreshingly simple: ‘If you get the basics right, you can expect Mother Nature to look after you,’ he says. ‘But you have to put that effort in…’

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