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We made it

We Made It: Wildlife photographer Roger Hooper

Aged 64, Roger Hooper is still braving the Antarctic and plunging into the Amazon rainforests in search of that perfect photograph. Based in London when he’s not traversing the globe, he regularly exhibits work, has produced three books, and...

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We Made It: Stage Designer John Napier

It may seem like a long way from Shakespeare to Siegfried and Roy, but John Napier has had a remarkable career in which high and low art come together and share the applause. So not only has the theatre designer staged a magic show in Vegas, he’s...

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We Made It: Violin Maker John Dilworth

How much would a Stradivarius or a Guarneri violin set you back? Hundreds of thousands of pounds? These days it’s more like millions – many millions. With the value of the finite collection of 17th- and 18th-century instruments only rising every...

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We Made It: Aerial Net Sculptures

Janet Echelman’s aerial net sculptures are all about intersections and interdependencies: between ancient and modern technologies, between mankind and our environment, and between each painstakingly knotted thread. They also unite the worlds of art...

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We Made It: Designing DVD Covers

Starting out as a publisher of laser discs in 1984, Manhattan's Criterion Collection has become America’s most famous independent publisher of DVDs and Blu-ray discs. A key factor in its success is the graphic range of the discs’ exquisitely...

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We Made It: Cheesemaker James Montgomery

James Montgomery is a difficult man to pin down. When I first call to arrange an interview he’s too busy to talk. I call back only to find he’s in the middle of fixing a broken bailing machine, and when the interview finally takes place it’s to a...

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We Made It: Glassblowers Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones

If your most successful creative collaboration as a couple is that tilting IKEA bookcase, prepare to be shamed: Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones have spent the past 20 years crafting exceptional blown-glass pieces together. The pair studied at...

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We Made It: Bespoke bike-builder Jake Rusby

Spurred on by Olympic glory and British wins in the Tour de France, the popularity of cycling has grown exponentially over the past few years. It’s boom time for retailers of factory-made bicycles, like Halfords, who sold 1.3 million bikes last year...

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We Made It: Tin Man update the gamebook

Back in the 1980s, parents and teachers alike worried that a generation of kids would drift away from reading and be seduced by the immersive delights of computer gaming. What many kids knew, however, was that you didn’t have to choose between books...

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We Made It: Cameron Balloons

An air of busy calm greets me as I walk onto the top floor of Bristol’s Cameron Balloon factory. Considering this company is the largest manufacturer of hot air balloons in the world, my novice expectations of behemoth machinery raging back and...

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We Made It: Ballet shoe creator Genevieve Smith-Nunes

 What do you get when you cross classical ballet with computer coding? Wearable-tech en pointe shoes that light up as the ballerinas dance. One of the highlights of September’s Brighton Digital Festival, [data]Storm is the brainchild of ballet...

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We Made It: Ballet costumier Anna Willetts

This year Birmingham Royal Ballet celebrates 25 years in the city, during which time the company has presented more than 130 different ballets. Over the years, Birmingham Royal Ballet has worked with some of the biggest names in theatrical design,...

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