I’d often wondered what it must be like to own something as amazing as Durdle Door, the iconic limestone arch that’s become the symbol of Dorset, as well as of its custodians, the Lulworth Estate. Luckily the estate’s owner, James Weld, was happy to tell me for this piece which was the cover story in the April 2017 edition of Dorset magazine.
I love the work of Bowden Knight and was delighted to be asked to write about them (and their dream lives, chasing down antiques and brocante) for Hampshire Life magazine.
Local authorities are always getting stick for making cutbacks. But Eastleigh Borough Council in Hampshire deserves all the praise I’ve heaped on it for instigating and supporting this initiative – funding craft and design units in the town’s former Post Office backroom. This place has received praise from design guru Wayne Hemingway and no wonder – it’s the perfect example of what every local authority should be doing and I was delighted to bring it to further public attention in Hampshire Life magazine’s March 2017 issue.
Lucienne Day is one of the greatest designers this country has ever produced. This year would have been her 100th birthday. When I learned that she and her husband, Robin, were design consultants to the John Lewis Partnership it seemed the perfect story for Waitrose Weekend. See if you agree!
Anyone who knows me will know how obsessed I am with public art. So I was delighted when Waitrose Weekend agreed to publish a lengthy piece on the Twentieth Century Society’s Campaign to record and save Britain’s murals. And even more delighted to learn that the John Lewis Partnership itself included murals among it’s many pieces of commissioned artwork.
What’s not to love about a woman who makes chocolate? Especially when she makes it as well as the New Forest’s Kerry Witt! They are extraordinary and she is down to earth and a master of her craft. This piece appears in the March 2017 edition of Hampshire Life.
I have loved writing these pieces about our great British craftspeople for Telegraph Weekend. Graham Smith is Britain’s most prolific weathervane maker and, like all interviewees in this section, is absolutely fascinating and passionate about his subject.