We start issue four talking to Devon-based adventurer, photographer and performance artist Helena Whitten, whose slow shutter work is just stunning. We then take a trip to Hauser & Wirth in Bruton to hear about Arthaus, their incredible youth group, as they work on a filmmaking project with artists John Wood and Paul Harrison. In issue four, we have two historical features for you, the first being a tour of John Boyd Textiles over at Castle Cary. Boyd’s are the last surviving weaver of horsehair fabrics in Britain, and still use looms and techniques that date back to 1870. The photography for this feature is by Oxana Mazur who has captured perfectly, the atmosphere of Boyd’s factory.
If you joined us for issue two, you’ll know about our love of tiny shops. A while back we discovered Lowlands, a fascinating shop in Bristol that is not only tiny but started life as a pop-up in the owners’ sitting room. In this feature, we find out what happens when you open an occasional shop in your home. We also meet fascinating Master Goldsmith, Tom McEwan, once described by Vogue as ‘The Lord of the Rings’. In his Frome workshop, we find out how he got started and why he is still making everything from scratch. Going back in time again, I tell the uncomfortable, yet strangely compelling tale of Henry James Prince in The Abode of Love. This is the tale of a religious community – some have said, ‘sex cult’ – in the Quantocks, led by a defrocked clergyman convinced that he is the son of God. If you enjoyed the superb work of Jack Perkins in issue two, you’ll be glad to hear that he joined us again to provide the illustrations for this incredible tale.
We round up this issue soaking up the sights and sounds of Ride Culture, at an event presented by Spoke & Stringer. They have established a series of three Ride Culture events that each focus on a different mode of adrenaline-fuelled transport: Oil (motorcycles), Salt (surfing) and Pedal (cycling). No points for guessing which one we chose to visit.
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