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…’

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…

The New Craft Makers’ Manifesto

Is there such thing as a 'New Craft Movement'? If so, how do we nurture it and build upon it to ensure the skills required are developed – to take it to the next level for a new generation? Hole & Corner assembles a panel of experts to discuss the future of making…

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