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The Slow Burn

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.’

A rough guide to popular mechanics

The world of kinetic art is full of wonder: sculptural machines that forgo utility in favour of futility, uncertainty and fragility. Meet the people putting the ‘fun’ into function…

Judy Blame

Remembering Judy Blame

In memory of a truly unique talent, we reprint this interview with the great stylist and designer Judy Blame, where he looked back on his life, his inspirations and his ‘dodgy relationship with the general public’ – all told in the best way: his own words, with plenty of laughter and cigarettes…

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

With the remote Hebridean island of Islay featuring twice during London Craft Week – both as the terroir lending its unique qualities to a Bruichladdich Whisky Tasting afternoon and as the inspiration for a new Floris scent – Richard Benson explores the lans where the whisky always comes with water… 

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…

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