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The Wildsmith Papers

About The Wildsmith Papers

Feel the paper; slightly rough, but thick, the perfect foil to the hand-printed lettering. Marvel at the illustrations, the photography, the articles within…. Of course, we live in a digital age, and there’s no real paper here to handle. But perhaps that’s the point. The Wildsmith Papers is about the illusion within modern life – a dream of freedom, getting back to nature, celebrating our inner wild child. Elusive, yes. Impossible? Absolutely not.

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In This Issue

Kathleen Baird–Murray

Editor’s Letter

As 2018 draws to a close, what will you remember? I’ve been lucky enough to have just returned from a highly memorable visit to Heckfield Place, in Hampshire. It’s where Wildsmith Skin has its home, set within the cosy spa. Surrounded by woodlands, it has its own farm complete with market gardens replete with cabbages, chard and all manner of herbs, and orchards with chickens scratching underfoot. Being there, I was struck by the delicate relationship between nature and people, and how just the right amount of talent, hard work and imagination can amplify the beauty in both. Cue Jo Craven’s article in this month’s Papers, which focuses on the wonders of sculpture parks as she remembers being dragged as a reluctant Yorkshire teenager “to celebrate that primal urge we all have to make our mark in nature.”

Sadly, we can’t all down tools and head to heavenly Heckfield for a Wildsmith facial, so Clemmie Hambro and Michalis Christodolou have once again stepped up to give us their take on the DIY facial for a humorous yet practical approach to nature and beauty.

Beauty comes in all guises, as our Wild One interviewee, the advocate and academic Sinead Burke argues so successfully as she continues to champion diversity in fashion. But there’s nothing beautiful about hygiene poverty, the subject of our Beauty Matters feature. With the United Nations recently condemning the rise in child poverty in the United Kingdom (the fifth richest country in the world, lest we forget), describing it as a “social calamity”, it’s shocking that austerity politics should mean that families are going without basics like soap and sanitary products. A big shout out then for Dan Jones, who has written about his wife Jo Jones’s and Guardian columnist, author and broadcaster Sali Hughes’s endeavours to rally the beauty industry and public to donate household essentials to those most in need. This month Wildsmith Skin will be donating to Beauty Banks; we hope it will inspire you to do the same.

We also hope you’ll find beauty in these pages – and beauty everywhere you look over Christmas and New Year.

With love,

Kathleen Baird-Murray

Shaping the landscape

The Wild Side

When the eternal beauty of the natural world embraces the artistry of sculpture, something extraordinary happens. From Bronze Age man’s carved figures on the canvas of the countryside to modern day masters’ sculptural creations in parks around the country, Jo Craven explores the awe-inspiring alchemy of art in nature

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Be more... Sinéad

The Wild One

Real dilemmas, real solutions – from our real-life superheroes. This month the Irish writer, academic and advocate Sinéad Burke champions climate justice and dances to the Spice Girls. By Kathleen Baird-Murray

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