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Now in its 13th year Spring Fling is back for a brand new adventure - as 94 visual artists, makers and designers will be opening their studio doors from 23 to 25 May 2015.
In late 2014 Craft Scotland put out a call for makers to take part in a community engagement project with Historic Scotland, working directly with a youth or community group in Stirling Castle over a period of six weeks. Historic Scotland was looking for a maker who could unlock the potential of traditional or contemporary craft, enabling learners to discover more about their cultural heritage and providing creative inspiration linked to stories, people and events from the past.
Our successful maker, Laura Murray, has put together a blog of her experiences.
Gillian Cooper offers a range of specialist surface design and stitch courses, talks and demonstrations tailor-made to suit small groups and individuals from her home studio in Balfron, rural Stirlingshire. These courses can be tailored to suit all from complete beginners to the more experienced.
This month we have an additional Special Edition of our usual opportunities round up. With a huge number of opportunities to share with you this March we wanted to make sure you didn't miss a thing.
At the start of this year Craft Scotland was back on the road delivering a series of roadshows across the country. We have put together a summary of the feedback from the Roadshows, and would like to take this opportunity to let you know how we hope to implement your input into our future plans.
Our February round up is tightly packed with opportunities from Craft Scotland. We are now accepting applications for SOFA Chicago 2015 and we are looking for Meet Your Maker hosts for 2015/16. This month you will also find details of our PA/Office Coordinator position and information on how to sign up for our Tourism Training events in Edinburgh and Fife. We are featuring opportunities to sell at the Etsy wedding fair, showcase at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew with Handmade in Britain and become part of Heal's Discovers 2015.
Fife Contemporary Art & Craft will host a Meet Your Maker event at St Andrews Museum on Sunday 22 February. The event will offer a behind the scenes look at the work of two practicing jewellers, Andrew Lamb and Dorothy Hogg MBE.
The Barony Centre will host a Meet Your Maker event on Saturday 07 and Sunday 08 February 2015. The event, running parallel to their exhibition of works from the Incorporation of Goldsmiths' 'Silver of the Stars' collection and Millenium Collection for Bute House, will offer drop-in workshops by two of the exhibiting makers, Roger Millar and Marion E Kane, alongside two graduate jewellers, Jane Harrison and Merlin Planterose.
Pupils at Kilgraston School in Perthshire were inspired by traditional millinery techniques after spending a morning working with local milliner Sally Orr Ewing as part of their cross-curricular studies.
Craft Scotland will take a group of nine selected makers to visit the trade show NY NOW in New York City from 31 January to 4 February 2015. NY NOW, held at the Javits Center twice annually (in January and August) sees 2,800 exhibiting companies showcasing the very best lines across the home, lifestyle and gift spectrum.
Craft Scotland took a group of selected makers to visit the annual trade show CRAFT in London from 11 to 13 January. CRAFT is one of Clarion Events' spring events, running alongside Home and Top Drawer. Housed in its own specially designed space, CRAFT is home to over 100 contemporary makers, each selected by an advisory panel.
For our first opportunities round up of 2015 we bring you details of how you can apply to take part in our upcoming Meet Your Maker event with Cambo Estate in Fife. The venue is searching for six makers to demonstrate, showcase and sell their work during a one-day event in March 2015. We also provide details of our Roadshows, which started last week in Edinburgh, and will run in Glasgow, Dundee, Dumfries & Galloway and Inverness over the coming weeks.
For 2015 we are launching a new quick survey - designed to give you an opportunity to share any feedback on our organisation and work at any time. The survey is ongoing and you will find the link here on our website as well as in our monthly newsletters. We look forward to hearing your views.
Meet Your Maker originated from our flagship campaign to connect craft makers at work with the public. Together with Summerhall TV, we put together a short film of our Meet Your Maker event hosted by the National Museum of Scotland, so you can find out a little more about our Meet Your Maker campaign.
We look back over a whirlwind year for Craft Scotland, throughout which we have greatly enjoyed working with all the talented makers involved in our projects, our partners and all those enthusiastic about craft in Scotland.
In last week's Business Scotland, Ian Hamilton reported on Scotland's craft industry.
The Crafts Council's Hothouse has quickly established itself as a gold-standard professional development programme for new makers. This is the first year that Craft Scotland has sponsored a cohort of six makers all based in Scotland.
For our last round up of 2014 we bring you a wide range of opportunities for the new year. We are offering two Go & See Trips for makers, one to CRAFT in London and one to NY Now in New York (both opportunities closing this Friday). We are also looking for new Board members, have a vacancy on the Craft Scotland team for a motivated Project Assistant, and invite you to find out what we have in store for the coming year by attending one of our 2015 Roadshows in January and February.
Craft Scotland has commissioned a series of three events called Tales in the Making and teamed up with the Scottish Storytelling Centre to present the events between Christmas and New Year.
At the start of next year Craft Scotland will be back on the road to deliver a series of roadshows across Scotland. Makers are invited to join us in five locations at the end of January and early February.