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For our final team update in 2015, we have each picked an image that represents a highlight from the last twelve month. As always it's been a pleasure working with so many talented makers. We would love to see your best moments from 2015 - tweet them using #celebratingcraft15
In this short-but-sweet opportunities round-up we have some exciting Meet Your Maker opportunities for the coming year, and an opportunity to come and visit The Craft Gallery at Scotland's Trade Fair Spring, to see if it would be suitable for your work.
There's nothing that can quite compare with a good browse in a gallery, a small independent boutique or buying directly from the maker during an open studio or selling event. But if you are looking to do some shopping online, we have put together this handy guide.
We bring you a round-up of some of the more festive craft events taking place across the country in November and December.
Makers Monday is a campaign created to celebrate the excellence of craft and support the local makers and businesses that craft products in the towns, cities and neighbourhoods where we live.
It encourages consumers to buy from a local maker on Monday 30 November 2015, and to share their hand-crafted purchases on their social networks. Buyers can take the pledge and sign up to the newsletter, makers can apply to have their business featured.
For November's opportunities round-up we bring you details of our Go & See trips to New York and London in January. If you are interested in selling your work to trade, you can apply to visit NY Now 2016 or CRAFT 2016 in London: to get a feel for the shows and determine whether or not you think they would be right for your work.
A quilt donated to The Yard in Edinburgh, a purpose-built indoor and outdoor adventure playground for children and young people with disabilities, has finally reached its destination after making a detour to Austin, Texas.
Intended to help secure the future of Shetland textile design, future Shetland knitwear business, children’s creativity, and the continuing textile culture in Shetland; PeerieMakkers looks to secure free Shetland hand-knitting lessons for all children within local communities in Shetland.
In our October round-up we bring you the final opportunity to apply to the Craft Gallery, a new dedicated area within Scotland's Trade Fair Spring in 2016. We have details of the Crafts Council's International Showcasing opportunity - we will work in partnership with the Crafts Council to shortlist makers to showcase during Design Miami and Design Miami/Basel, and applications are now open. We also announce a new Craft Scotland Prize: to be awarded at the VAS exhibition Converge 2016 to the maker of a piece of outstanding design and craftsmanship.
With London Design Festival about to start we highlight some of the must-sees this year, including our partnership exhibition with Etsy UK (Four Corners of Craft), designjunction, Ceramics in the City and more. Plus: Goldsmiths' Fair is also just around the corner!
Find out what we're working on this month in our September team update.
Our round-up this month brings you an exciting number of new opportunities. Our Meet Your Maker event partner An Talla Solais (Ullapool Visual Arts) is looking for two makers to take part in their upcoming exhibition and Meet Your Maker event, and we are still inviting applications from venues interested in hosting a Meet Your Maker event. Our 2015 Conference is fast approaching, and we will shortly be releasing our full agenda. Keep an eye on our website www.craftscotland.org/conference for full details, and remember tickets cost just £40 (or £25 if you are a student/unemployed).
Artlands North is an online, interactive map showcasing the wealth and diversity of art and craft in the north of Scotland.
Watch our short film introducing Textile Designer Fiona McIntosh, who produces a range of fashion accessories which are hand-dyed and screen-printed.
Watch our short film introducing jeweller Filipa Oliveira, who experiments with ancient and traditional techniques (such as filigree) to create contemporary pieces.
With September on the horizon, we celebrate the autumn season of open studios with a round-up of the upcoming events.
Scottish jewellery designer Wing Mun Devenney launches second jewellery book.
Watch our short film introducing weaver James Donald, whose wearable fabrics explore the rich Scottish landscape through repetitive pattern and texture.
Watch our short film introducing jeweller Rosie Kimber, who works with a variety of media including precious metals, rough-cut stones, crystals and plastics.
In this month's opportunities round-up we bring you a final reminder to book our Early Bird conference tickets. There are only a few of these reduced-price tickets remaining: Early Bird sales finish on 20 August, so make sure to book your tickets soon!