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Eleven makers have been selected to present their work with Craft Scotland this year. Jessamy Kelly returns to the exposition having shown with us in 2012, the remaining ten makers are first time-exhibitors with Craft Scotland at SOFA Chicago.
In another bumper round up, we bring you April's most exciting opportunities from Craft Scotland. Also in this month's round up: applications are now open for Dovecot Studios' 2015 Selected exhibition, Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts is offering a fantastic discount on their facilities and workshops to Craft Scotland community members; and Fife Contemporary Art and Craft is looking for makers to take part in their next treat Store collection.
Jane Wilkinson is a willow artisan who specialises in the design and creation of traditional and contemporary willow baskets; bespoke willow fences for gardens; coracles for the bushcraft enthusiast and large public installations for councils and corporate bodies. Based in Alyth, surrounded by mountains and in the heart of 'Perthshire Big Tree Country' Jane gets both her inspiration and resources from the local environment.
Experienced kilt maker Marion Foster handcrafts and restores kilts using traditional methods, as well as running kilt making workshops at her studio in Perthshire.
Artist group Look Inside will be hosting a Meet Your Maker event during Aberdeen's inaugural Look Again Festival. Four makers from a variety of disciplines will give a rare, behind-the-scenes look at their craft work, teaching visitors about their inspiration, practices and profession.
Visitors to the Budongo Chimpanzee Trail in Edinburgh Zoo this Easter weekend, Saturday 04 to Monday 06 April 2015, will be treated to a special Meet Your Maker workshop with renowned Edinburgh-based metalsmith Bryony Knox.
At Orains, Fiona Page and Pieter van der Werf design and create fabulous interior design items and art pieces made with local sheep wool. The Orains studio is located on the West Coast in an area of outstanding scenic beauty and overlooks Loch Riddon and the Kyles of Bute.
As part of the 2014/15 Meet Your Maker campaign, Craft Scotland partnered with Historic Scotland in an innovative new community programme that saw contemporary Scottish craft take inspiration from the past to create new work. The results of the project are currently being showcased in an exhibition at Stirling Castle, open until the end of April 2015.
We have two new Craft Scotland opportunities for you this March, in addition to some reminders for fast approaching deadlines: applications for the Craft Scotland Summer Show 2015 close on Friday 27 March at 5pm. We have also teamed up with Etsy and partner organisations from around the UK to create an opportunity for makers to exhibit their work during London Design Festival.
Find out what the team at Craft Scotland are working on this month.
Sunday 22 March will see six accomplished makers demonstrate their work at Cambo Estate in Fife. Each maker will showcase their talents and offer visitors the chance to try their hand at a wide variety of craft, including weaving, silk painting, jewellery, ceramics and feltmaking.
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.