Hole & Corner Still Life Book (When we stayed home – works in isolation) is available on loremnotipsum.com. Jessica Brinton’s introduction to the Hole & Corner book, Still Life – When we stayed home, which documents the lives of 54 of our contributors during the three months of lockdown in spring 2020, highlights the ordinary moments of an extraordinary year. The spring lockdown was particularly felt by the crafters, makers, photographers and writers, whose usual creative lives were put on hold, their work confined to their homes and their hour-long daily walks. For many, it was a moment to pause and reflect, to focus on a personal project, learn something new, or to reimagine old ideas. Our senses seemed heightened by the impact of the pandemic, the relentlessness of the daily numbers of hospitalisations and death tolls, the anxiety we felt for our families and friends around the world.
When Hole & Corner founder and creative director Sam Walton put out the call to the magazine’s creatives to submit work, there were no rules or restrictions, just a desire to collect work that represented their everyday lives in this unique moment in time.
While some of our contributors had the privilege to make constructive use of their time, we are acutely mindful of the negative impact that lockdown had on the lives of so many, which is why we are donating 100% of the profits from this book to Refuge.
‘The truth is, I’ve been travelling all year. Around my home. To my kettle at least seven times a day. Around my sofa picking up children’s bricks and doll-sized tableware. Watching moonrise out of the bathroom window.’
Hole & Corner Magazine was launched in May 2013 as a lifestyle brand celebrating and promoting creativity, craftsmanship, heritage and authenticity through digital, print and events. The name is inspired by an old English phrase: ‘Hole-and-Corner: adj, a secret place or a life lived away from the mainstream’. It is about people who spend more time doing than talking, for whom content is more important than style; whose work is their life. It’s about telling stories of dedication. Hole & Corner magazine is published quarterly, dedicated to stories of craft, beauty, passion and skill. The website offers regular news, recommendations and interviews with those who embody the Hole & Corner lifestyle – and offers the opportunity to buy products from our featured makers or join them at live events where you can see their unique skills up close and even try your hand at workshops and learn from the best.
Details: Hole & Corner – Still Life Book
Hardcover, 132 pages