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  • XpoNorth - Natasha's Blog

    17/06/2015

    Read Natasha's blog on her visit to XpoNorth, Scotland's Leading Creative Industries Festival.

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  • Frances Priest and Laura Spring Awarded Places on Injection Programme

    16/06/2015

    Following a call for applications, Craft Scotland is once again sponsoring two places on the Crafts Council's Injection programme. Ceramicist Frances Priest and textile maker Laura Spring are the two Scottish-based participants on the prestigious business development scheme in 2015.

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  • Craft Events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

    10/06/2015

    We have partnered up with the Edinburgh International Book Festival again this year to present two Meet Your Maker events and workshops. Just a stone's throw away from our Summer Show at White Stuff on George Street, we will support two free drop-in events for families, part of the Baillie Gifford Children's Programme. 

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  • Craft Tourism Experiences: Introducing Georgia Crook

    28/05/2015

    Georgia Crook is an artist/maker who lives and has a workshop overlooking Loch Tay in Highland Perthshire. She has over 20 years' experience in arts/crafts making and tailored workshop provision, for a wide range of client groups. Her own work is mainly inspired by cultural and natural heritage, combining basketry, paper and textile techniques. 

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  • Craft Scotland's 2014/15 Annual Review

    28/05/2015

    We are excited to share Craft Scotland's Annual Review for 2014/15 with you.

    It was almost impossible to sum up all our projects on 12 pages - but we hope the review will excite you about the work we do. It is also a means to pay tribute to the many talented makers and partner organisations we worked with in the last year - find out who they were by browsing the publication online or downloading it to your device.

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  • Four Corners of Craft: Etsy Exhibition for London Design Festival

    22/05/2015

    The London Design Festival is the highlight of the UK design calendar, where the world gathers to celebrate great craft and design. This year, Craft Scotland is involved in a partner exhibition with Etsy and various craft organisations from around the UK. The selling exhibition of cross-disciplinary contemporary craft is on from 24 to 27 September 2015.

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  • Craft Tourism Experiences: Introducing Strathearn Fleece & Fibre

    20/05/2015

    Strathearn Fleece & Fibre is the place where all things woolly happen. Fleece produced on the farm and locally sourced is hand-dyed and then transformed into fibre and yarns for spinners, felters and knitters. At the studio visitors can browse the fantastic range of yarns and fibres, learn about different sheep breeds, the uses of the fibres and take home a woolly piece of Perthshire.

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  • Orkney Crafts Association Craft Trail

    28/04/2015

    Established in the 1990s, the Orkney Craft Trail guides visitors to many workshops around the islands, where you can meet craft makers at work.

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  • Makers announced for Craft Scotland Summer Show 2015

    24/04/2015

    We are excited to be showing the work of 35 talented craft makers from around Scotland at our third Summer Show in Edinburgh, held at White Stuff on George Street from 07 to 30 August 2015, part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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  • Craft Tourism Experiences: Textile Printing with Laura Spring

    24/04/2015

    Located on the north side of Glasgow at Grey Wolf Studios, Laura's studio is easily accessible by public transport from Glasgow City Centre and also offers free parking. Here she runs her popular monthly one-day class in screen-printing, but Laura can also offer screen-printing classes at locations to suit the client. Previous workshops have been held in hospitals, day centres, museums, galleries and botanic gardens.

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  • Makers selected for SOFA Chicago 2015

    17/04/2015

    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.

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  • Craft Tourism Experiences: Jane Wilkinson of Special Branch Baskets

    17/04/2015

    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.

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  • Craft Tourism Experiences: Kilt Making with Askival of Strathearn

    13/04/2015

    Experienced kilt maker Marion Foster handcrafts and restores kilts using traditional methods, as well as running kilt making workshops at her studio in Perthshire.

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  • Meet Your Maker: Look Inside at Aberdeen's Look Again Festival

    08/04/2015

    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.

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  • Meet Your Maker at Edinburgh Zoo

    02/04/2015

    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.  

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  • Craft Tourism Experiences: Introducing Orains

    27/03/2015

    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.

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  • Meet Your Maker at Stirling Castle

    25/03/2015

    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.

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  • Craft Scotland Team Update - March 2015

    20/03/2015

    Find out what the team at Craft Scotland are working on this month.

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  • Meet Your Maker at Cambo Estate, Fife

    19/03/2015

    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.

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  • Laura Murray: Meet Your Maker at Stirling Castle

    18/03/2015

    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. 

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