Listen Weekly 13: Stitching

Re-introducing the Listen Weekly playlist series for 2019. This week's tailor-made playlist from Hole & Corner HQ delves into the theme of stitching...

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.

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…

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…’

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.’

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