Keeping traditional artisan skills alive was one of the main inspirational drives behind the founding of Bamford and our collection of leather bags and small leather pieces is the perfect embodiment of this philosophy. The story begins in the sun-drenched olive groves of the Mediterranean. Here, a centuries-old tradition utilises the leaves discarded during the olive harvest to tan the leather.
Sarah Myerscough Gallery is somewhere that I love to go to discover inspiring works by contemporary artists and makers. In today’s world of high technology, it’s reassuring that craft still has a distinct and powerful role to play in art culture and I have always felt that it is important to support these handcrafted skills. This autumn we shall be welcoming Sarah Myerscough to our Bamford stores for a specially curated exhibition of works by international artists and designers.
Tom Kitchin is a chef who I truly admire and a trip to his Edinburgh restaurant, The Kitchin, is something that I always look forward to. The youngest Scottish chef to ever win a Michelin star, Tom’s cooking brings together everything that I love about food: quality seasonal produce, sourced from local suppliers and served simply, in a beautiful and relaxed environment.
Amber Locke is an artist whose stunning, colourful images I have always loved. Her geometric works are created with artfully placed fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and foliage and celebrate the beauty and colours of nature in its prime.
I have always believed that the best way to encourage young people to embrace an active lifestyle, healthy living and wellbeing is to make sure they have fun. The vital issues of health and nutrition will be brought to life at our farm this summer, as we welcome Stroud rugby star Sam Viggers to host a number of Wellbeing Workshops for Children.
Artisan skills lie at the heart of Bamford and we are incredibly proud of the craftsmen who we work with across the world, from Scotland to Italy, Nepal and India. On Saturday 25th June we shall be offering a behind the scenes look at Bamford and sharing the incredible journey that each beautiful product takes from conception through to finished article.
Earlier this year we launched an exciting new competition entitled From Land to Craft in celebration of our love for natural materials, traditions and craftsmanship. The competition was unveiled by Bamford in March and invited artists and craftsmen to apply for an artist-in-residence program, during which time they could create a collection of works inspired by the Daylesford estate.
I am incredibly proud of my daughter Alice, who has just launched her first book: One Gun Ranch, Malibu: Biodynamic Recipes for Vibrant Living. The beautiful book tells the story behind One Gun Ranch – the biodynamic farm founded by Alice in Malibu in 2008 – and shares Alice’s passion for biodynamic farming, eating and living.
This Spring, Rita shall be joining us at the farm for a special interior design workshop on Thursday 27th April. During the day Rita will guide you through a range of design aspects in the home, covering furniture layouts and mixing furniture and upholstery, followed by entertaining at home, buying china and glass, colour, wallpaper and picture hanging.
Starting the day with meditation and yoga is one of the best ways to clear the mind and prepare for the day ahead. When I can, I see our resident yoga master Vettri Selvan.
Practicing yoga with your child can held create a wonderful bond and is a great way to stretch the body and calm the mind of young and old alike.
Nicki Jackson is a fantastic mindfulness teacher, whose workshops can help you lead a calmer, more peaceful life.