The trailer for Issue 101 Grow is here! Take a journey through our latest issue and watch the stories come to life.
In this issue we discover that straw, the most mundane and abundant waste material is, in fact, extraordinary in the diversity of its practical applications in everything from architecture, clothing, intricate Swedish crowns, delicate embroidery and folklore icons. However, this material is not always benign, playing a part in riots and rituals worldwide. Research for this issue was undertaken with the assistance of Ollie Douglas, the curator of the Museum of English Rural Life, (well worth a pilgrimage if you are ever in Berkshire) to whom we are extremely grateful for the knowledge he generously shared. This insight has revealed a new attitude towards materials and reverence for ancient crafts of thatching, basket making and millinary.
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Image: The Suspension of Disbelief: Shetland folk tradition of Skelling, Skeklers and Guising, from Issue 101 Grow. Photography by Laurence Winram @winram.