MAKE WELL. Hole & Corner. 2023.

“Modern life moves too fast.” People keep telling us that. But at Hole & Corner we’re dedicated to proving it doesn’t have to be that way. Not if you take the time to appreciate life.
To celebrate our 10th anniversary, Hole & Corner has produced a 316-page book featuring some of the makers, entrepreneurs, artisans, crafters and grafters whose stories we have told since we launched in 2013. We are taking a moment to step back, reflect and revisit some of our favourite images to bring together a compendium of the past 23 issues of the magazine.

Veronica Bailey is a British Fine Art photographer based in East London, Space artist studios in Stratford.
Veronica's work specialising in visiting archives and producing photographic series with emphasis on conceptual thinking and historical narrative. In her photographs she works with everyday life objects, which have been carefully arranged. The viewer has to reflect on the photographs in order to find a personal way of interpreting the works. Veronica continues to explore nostalgia for the threatened forms of human communication and knowledge dissemination. Objects that are deemed worthless in a consumer society, are revived within the photographic image, re-starting a conversation.

Describe your hole-and-corner 
After losing my last studio to developers in Clerkenwell in 2017, I was in transition until 2019 when I was offered a beautiful artist studio by the charity SPACE in Aspire Point on the East side of the Olympic Park. Is special to me because it is a new build, clean with high ceilings, a big window and a corner of the room which is dark and cosy where I can create without any distractions. The studio has unfashionable furniture from our family home which no one wanted. My studio has objects that are obsolete on the point of being discarded but they can easily become part of a photographic project of mine. I like the idea of combining the old within the new.

What is your chosen object and why is it special to you?
This ‘foot stool’ probally belonged to my grandfather and from memory had a fabric tapestry of a unicorn as the cover. The feet are heavy oak and the fabric was at some point stripped off to the calico lining, leaving only brass pin studs.I like the bare plain look as it doesn’t interfere with my thoughts. I sit in an old armchair that was my mother's and put my feet up on the foot stool and creativity flows.

p.262-63 Photography credit Sam Walton

All artwork and images © Veronica Bailey 2024.