Port Eliot Festival 2016

Making and Music

We're proud to announce the return of our Makers’ Tent to Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall in partnership with Plymouth University.


Hole & Corner are back at Port Eliot in Cornwall from 28th-31st July 2016 with an intriguing mix of making and music in our (even bigger!) Makers’ Tent. 

On offer will be a long weekend full of workshops, demonstrations and talks that offers festival-goers the chance to learn a new skill or hone an existing one while hearing more about the practices and processes of some of the finest designer makers in the UK. 

The days will be accompanied by suitably atmospheric music by Amateurism and special guests. After 5pm there’ll be live music curated by Prah Recordings (a new label from Moshi Moshi Records) with an eclectic programme of acoustic sets from across the musical spectrum. 

Alongside that, we’ll have excellent coffee from Cornish roasters Yallah Coffee and – new to our area – The Peg & Mallet is a new roaming event bar from Golden Age Public Houses (The Prince pub in N16 and The Royal Oak W1) who’ll be serving a fine selection of indie craft beers, wines and spirits for you to enjoy.  

The Makers

Make your own egg board, boot jack, bat & ball, camp fire stool or hobby horse

Join UK furniture makers Benchmark, who return to Port Eliot with us for a second year, giving visitors the opportunity to make egg boards, boot jacks, bat & balls, camp fire stools, bat & balls and even a hobby horse. Plane, lathe, sand and brand your own Port Eliot memento, with the help of this team of talented furniture makers. 

Benchmark are widely regarded as a powerhouse of UK craft, with an unrivalled depth of knowledge. Based in converted farm buildings in Berkshire, their love of making starts from the stewardship of trees, through to hands-on making by their highly skilled team. 

Bill Amberg Studio
Leather pouch making

For the second year running, the Bill Amberg Studio team invite folk to come and experience this ancient material up close. Bill and his team of expert leather crafters will present a pouch-making workshop, giving visitors the chance to hone in on traditional techniques from hand-stitching to riveting and bevelling to create their very own leather pouch.

The studio’s endeavours range from architectural services for much-valued corporate and private clients to interior leather bespoke work and signature accessories. The studio harnesses the best of one of nature’s most versatile and adaptable resources with an unrivalled creativity in a host of different ways.

The team of artisans draws from the age-old disciplines of casemaking, saddlery and bookbinding – often using tools and methods that have remained unchanged for centuries – in order to deliver beautiful contemporary leatherwork that lasts. 

Stephanie  Buttle, Laura Lane
At the potter’s wheel and clay making

Join us for a 15-minute taster session that gives you an opportunity to try your hand at throwing at the potter’s wheel aided by a group of talented ceramicists, including Laura Lane and Stephanie Buttle. And everyone is welcome to join us for our festival-long ceramics session – there will be clay, tools, advice and inspiration - just drop by and start making! 

Laura Lane:
After completing a BA and MA specialising in Ceramics at Plymouth University, Laura Lane settled in Cornwall. At the heart of her work is the exploration of site-specific folklore in Cornwall. This is expressed through choice of materials, pattern and illustration. Lane uses stoneware clay direct from an ancient pit in St Agnes just a few hundred yards from the sea. The work is hand thrown, brushed with the dark slip and then decorated using a ‘sgraffito’ technique, before being dipped in a white tin glaze.

Stephanie Buttle: 
A graduate of Central St Martin’s Ceramics programme, Buttle is also a filmmaker and performer whose dynamic installations aim to explore the ceramic medium and have a distinctive personal narrative. 

Golden Bear Belts
Pirate patches and kids' belt making

We invite the young (and the young at heart) to make their very own pirate patch with the Golden Bear Belts collective. Kids of all ages will learn how to prepare leather, attach the strap and hand stamp a design of their choice onto their own custom-made pirate patch. Golden Bear will also be offering a series of children’s belt-making workshops where kids can learn how to cut the straps, prepare leather, emboss, paint, gild, burnish, rivet and apply brass buckles. Using real tools. No limitations. Fun is the name of the game and by the end of the 2-hour session you will have produced your own awesome leather belt.

Golden Bear Belts is a small batch production studio in North Devon. They design and make belts and leather accessories by hand using premium quality oak-tanned or vegetable-tanned leather from English hides. They also consult for other brands to expand their ranges with leather goods.

Lola Lely
Shibori cloth workshops

Designer Lola Lely will be running a series of Shibori workshops for beginners of all ages. Lola will give demonstrations on how to create fabric patterns by folding, tying, stitching, wrapping or clamping cloth. During these workshops, participants will also have the opportunity to indigo dye their cloth to create a patchwork tea towel or Shibori apron.

Lola Lely Studio is a multi-disciplinary design practice, founded in 2012 by Lola Lely. The studio creates contemporary objects including furniture, products, sculpture, fashion and bespoke art commissions, fusing craft and industrial techniques with a distinctive vision.

Eleanor Bolton
Rope and textile jewellery making

Predominantly using stitch, knotting and textile techniques to create sculptural forms, Eleanor Bolton’s workshop will introduce simple methods to create tactile and unique jewellery from ropes and braids.

Eleanor Bolton is a British designer based in London. She trained at the Royal College of Art and started her label upon graduating in 2010. She is known for her unique craft technique of coiling and hand stitching cotton rope to create sculptural yet lightweight tactile jewellery. Bolton’s jewellery comes from her focus on an intuitive and sensitive approach to the micro details of making processes, as well as to the precise scale of the pieces. This attention to detail, combined with the innovative use of the materials, define Bolton’s approach and strong aesthetic appeal. Colour inspiration for the collections often comes from fine art and the bold use of colour and textile techniques marry to create statement tribal and nautical-inspired jewellery. 

Otter Surfboards
Build-Your-Own bodysurfing handplane

Over the course of three hours you’ll take one of Otter Surfboard’s pre-prepared blanks to template and cut the outline for your handplane. You’ll be shown how to shape the rails to give you the most control when bodysurfing, and then you can oil it ready for your first swim in the waves. Otter studio will be there every step of the way to offer all of the advice and support that you’ll need – so, even if you’ve never done anything more than screw some flat-pack furniture together, you’ll end up producing a handplane to be proud of.

Otter Surfboards make hollow, skin and frame wooden surfboards, bellyboards and bodysurfing handplanes that are products of their shared twin passions of surfing and fine woodworking. They have run workshops in-store and under canvas for environmentally conscious surf brands Patagonia and Finisterre in the past and are at the festival to spread the word about the need to reconnect with the act of making and to convey their message of a more sustainable surf craft.

Alex Pole
Blacksmithing demonstrations and nail making

Alex Pole will be demonstrating a range of blacksmith and forging techniques from knifes to axes. He will also be talking through the fascinating history of the nail in our culture and there will be an opportunity for a small number of people to have a go at making a nail. (Due to the elements involved in this making, these one-to-one sessions will be limited and available only to adults.)  

Pole has had a lifelong passion for metalwork of all types and started his training as a jewellery maker in 1990. He followed this with blacksmithing in 1994, and has worked professionally in both fields ever since. His aim is to make high quality, utilitarian items – things to be used, treasured and handed onto the next generation. Beauty and function are the benchmark behind everything he makes. 

Both modern and traditional techniques are used at the forge in South Somerset where all the work is produced by hand and, wherever possible, using materials sourced from the local area. One of his primary aims is to promote British blacksmithing and to make it accessible, and affordable, to the general public. 

Zoe Bradley
Paper sculpture workshops

After their immensely successful paper flower workshops in 2015, the Zoe Bradley Studio is back for a second year at Port Eliot Festival with more paper sculpture workshops – there’ll be opportunities to cut, shape and paint something glorious in paper. Pop by the Hole & Corner tent for more details. 

Zoe Bradley uses her skills learnt as a fashion designer (she worked alongside Alexander McQueen on his 1999 show, no. 13), to create intricate paper forms. She draws inspiration from the nature that surrounds her rural home as well as the vibrancy of theatre, couture and architecture.

Jeremy Atkinson
Clogmaking demonstrations  

Master clogmaker Jeremy Atkinson returns to Hole & Corner’s Makers’ Tent to demonstrate his truly rare craft. Atkinson is the sole remaining English hand carver of traditional British clogs made in his workshop in Kington in the Welsh Marches. He still makes the entire clog by hand – hand cutting the leather uppers and hand carving the soles – and specialises in traditional 19th-century styles. (British clogs, unlike the Dutch ‘Sabot’ type, always have a wooden sole and leather upper.) Atkinson has travelled across Spain and France researching European clogmaking traditions and demonstrates his skills at select fairs and festivals around Britain. 

 McKinley & Paget
Natural scented candle making

Join McKinley & Paget over the weekend for a series of workshops and a demonstration of the candle-making process. Rejecting the common practice of using man-made materials such as paraffin wax or perfume oils, McKinley & Paget candles are completely free from petrochemicals. At the heart of the company lies their range of all-natural, hand-poured scented candles.

McKinley & Paget are one of the few companies in the UK making completely plant-based scented candles. They aim to raise awareness about the products we use in our daily lives: chiefly, how they are made and what is in them.


Hugh Dunford Wood

Carve your own print block with artist and designer Hugh Dunford Wood and create a colourful handprinted silk bandana or kerchief, a tea towel or tablecloth for the house proud camper – even bring your own t-shirt to print your own hand-made pattern on. 

Hugh Dunford Wood has worked as an independent artist designer since his student days at Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art in the 1970s. He's been a landscape and portrait painter ; and run an atelier hand-painting mens’ ties with a team of 24 artists under his direction. At present, he works from his studio in the South West designing crockery, jewellery, furnishing fabrics and wallpapers.