News, blog posts, press releases and updates from the Craft Scotland team.
Visual Arts Scotland's open submission exhibition Converge offers the opportunity for artists, designers and makers working in all disciplines to test, showcase and engage work with a wider public. The exhibition is now open and we are delighted to announce that the inaugural Craft Scotland Prize of £500 was awarded to Polly Collins for her piece 'Slow Dining'.
The Crafts Council has selected 41 maker businesses to take part in the six-month Hothouse programme, delivered in partnership across the UK. Craft Scotland is once again sponsoring places for six Scottish-based makers.
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
Find out what we're working on this month in our September team update.
Read Natasha's blog on her visit to XpoNorth, Scotland's Leading Creative Industries Festival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Established in the 1990s, the Orkney Craft Trail guides visitors to many workshops around the islands, where you can meet craft makers at work.
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.
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.
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.
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.