Port Eliot Festival 2017 - Review

Come rain or shine...

Despite the almost biblical amount of rain outside at times, the Makers' Tent and its collaborators at Port Eliot Festival weathered the storm to deliver another brilliant weekend of making, music, coffee and cocktails...


Hole & Corner want to offer a huge thank you to our makers, collaborators, partners and participants for being part of Port Eliot Festival this year.

The 2017 Makers' Tent offered, we think, the best yet in terms of diversity of skills and disciplines to watch, create and learn about. From the hugely influential Leach Pottery to Rye's finest drapers Merchant & Mills, to the tireless forging of Alex Pole and the humour and talent of Aardman animator Jim Parkyn with his Amazing Scene Machine - there was something for everyone...

Thank you to all our makers: 

2 Hungry Bakers - Spoon carvers, bread bakers and ceramicists

Alex Pole - Blacksmith 

Eleanor Bolton and Darkroom - Designers 

Francli - Outdoor wear and accessories

Hugh Dunford Wood - Textile designer 

Jim Parkyn's Amazing Scene Machine

Kiwi Print Studio - Printmaker 

Leach Pottery

Merchant & Mills - Drapers and pattern makers 

Mr Smith - Traditional Letterpress printer 

Noa Weintraub - Ceramicist 

Patternity - Research Studio 

Stephanie Buttle - Ceramicist

The Workbench - Jewellery makers 

Designer Lola Lely and her band of makers braved the elements to build a my hole-and-corner, a black bamboo and indigo dyed textile structure, that finally came into its own on Sunday with some sunshine and a gentle breeze, it also provided a perfect impromptu stage for some expressive improvised and organised dancing. 

Fuelling all this creativity was delectable coffee and brioche breakfast baps from Falmouth locals Yallah and from midday the Boxpub opened the doors of their converted horsebox bar to serve craft brews, wine and cocktails. 

Soundtracking the whole event was Amateurism, Righteous Selections and friends who accompanied the making with a suitable tunes and turned the dial up with disco, beats as the night went on. There was dancing on the tables and a good time had by all! 

A big thanks to Plymouth University for supporting the Makers' Tent for the third year running and to Port Eliot Festival for hosting us.