Along with my own creative business designing and making Harris Tweed handbags, I am involved in a local collective of artisan makers and artists. This year we are opening a small artisan gift shop in my studio-workshop to showcase some of the collectives work. Guests can see and buy a variety of locally-made art and craft with something to suit every ones budget. Below you can see details of our inventory:
I make handbags using genuine Orb certified Harris Tweed, with custom made Italian veg-tanned leather handles and funky printed cotton lining fabrics, the bags are finished off with my trademark rosehip charm. I love the timelessness of Tweed and enjoy blending the use of this traditional and quintessentially Scottish fabric with contemporary informal design. Though I am not from Scotland, since settling here I have found great creative inspiration in the landscape and culture.
Maureen Crosbie graduated from Glasgow School of Art, and was immediately drawn to glass. Working in traditional leaded glass and mosaic, Maureen undertakes large public and private commissions as well as making smaller pieces for sale. She knows no limits regarding where she finds inspiration, it could be the natural environment, people, places, poetry, the Scots language, the glass itself or even just the possibility of recycling something!
Rachel Bower has spent more than 20 years weaving willow. She grows some of her own willow at The Whirlies (my smallholding!) which creates a local connection to her distinctive style blending age old technique and contemporary design ideas, often adding locally coppiced hazel handles. Rachel has a great eye for using colour in her basketry. She makes all sorts, from stylish shoulder baskets, onion baskets, classic shoppers, trays, platters, bird feeders and more.
Maria Nordgren, originally from Sweden, moved to Scotland in 2006 where she started Momentum Pottery. Maria works both in porcelain, and wood-fired stonewear. She makes unique, functional pottery that is both tactile and aesthetic, it deserves use and enjoyment. More recently she has been working with Rachel of Woven willow on truly one-of-a-kind collaborative pieces that perfectly marry the smooth clean visage of porcelain with the rustic earthiness of woven willow.
Victoria is an artist, designer and educator who makes contemporary landscape paintings. She graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone college of art and design having studied constructed textiles
and fine art. Victoria has a passion for open and remote places and finds great inspiration while walking in nature. Her paintings are a reflection from a particular place and offer viewers a gentle, yet bold aesthetic and a glimpse of the familiar.