The Craft Scotland website is designed to be flexible, fluid and functional, and aims to let you connect with the Scottish craft community in a whole new way.
Once you sign up (or sign in to) the website, there are several ways to promote your business and connect with others.
There's more to come in the future (including an online shop and mobile sites) so watch this space.
As the website is still very new, we would be delighted if you could let us know if you experience any 'teething problems' using our quick 'report an issue' form.
Craft Scotland launched a new website in November 2011.
The new website was made possible through AmbITion funding awarded to Craft Scotland by Creative Scotland. The funding will help us to become more interactive, innovative, inspiring and communicative through effective utilisation of new digital technologies.
After an excellent response to our website ITT and a competitive selection process at the start of 2011, we were delighted to appoint Wildfire Technology Limited as our new website providers.
Wildfire develop systems that help organisations manage their information and communicate more effectively online.
Wildfire and Craft Scotland are now working together to develop an exciting new platform for Scottish craft.
FAQs on the Find Craft area (Formerly Directory)
Craft Scotland have emailed every craft person or place registered on our old directory to let them know about the new website.
If you didn't receive our email, we may not have had an email address for you, we could have the wrong email address, or our email to you may have bounced back. Please just get in touch with us at email@example.com letting us know that you do not have the username for your profile page.
Where is the directory?
The profile pages that were called the 'directory' on the old Craft Scotland website can now be found under 'Find Craft.'
How do I update my Find Craft profile page?
Simply login to the site and select 'Manage Profile'.
Why are there different forms to fill in under my account?
There are two main forms that most craft people need to fill in to register. The first 'my details' form allows you to sign up for the website itself, and to customize the way you want your homepage to look as well as your subscription options for Craft Scotland. Craft businesses can then go on to fill in public profile pages. Feedback from our old website has taught us that not everyone wants their maker business and outlet business listed at the same address, nor do they want their Inside Craft Scotland newsletter to go to their business email address. Multiple forms allow for more flexibility than our old system.
I have two craft businesses at the same address. Why can't I just fill in a form once and tick a box?
From experience, we know that there are makers who also lease shops or represent organisations from addresses different to their own. This is one of the main reasons we have chosen to have one form per profile, as it gives more flexibility. It also allows people to tailor their profile pages better - for instance if you are a maker who generally has their studio open to the public, then your place profile can be about your studio (complete with opening hours) rather than about the craft you make.
I've tried finding craft under certain categories but nothing is returned!
The website is still very new and as such not everyone has been able to update their profiles to match them to the new categories. Our old website didn't have categories such as jewellery, mosaics, millinery or heritage, which we have added due to popular demand. These categories should quickly be filled with results from our community.