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Thank You | Craft Week Scotland

Craft Week Scotland: Thank You

Thank you to the visitors, makers, collectives and craft destinations who participated in Craft Week Scotland - it was a fantastic celebration of Scottish contemporary craft. 

Running from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 November 2020, we started Craft Week Scotland with an energising speech from Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, and closed the week with QCV, a one-off craft TV shopping experience as part of the Associated Events. 

One of Craft Scotland's key aims as the national development agency for craft is to promote high quality contemporary craft practice locally, nationally and internationally. Through Craft Week Scotland, we wanted to encourage Scotland to shop handmade and local during this festive period, and showcase this country's talented craft community. 

If you attended an event and/or participated in Craft Week Scotland, we want to hear from you. We've got 6 quick questions to ask you and the survey takes just 5 minutes. Survey closes 5pm, Friday 4 December. 

We want to hear from you - 6 quick questions
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Craft Week Scotland Associated Events 

With events from Shetland to Edinburgh, Skye to Dundee, Aberdeenshire to the digital world, Craft Week Scotland hosted 40 vibrant events from makers, collectives and craft destinations. 

Image: TUFT love at Welcome Home
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Press Reception

The press reception to Craft Week Scotland was fantastic including weekend features in The Times and Scottish Herald. Featuring makers and craft destinations across the country including Angus Ross, Glass Lab, Collingwood-Norris, Nielanell, Vanilla Ink at The Smiddy and Lynne Machlaclan.

Image: Glass Lab in a Craft Week Scotland article in The National 
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You can still explore Scotland's makers, collectives and craft destinations with the week's hashtag #CraftWeekScotland on Instagram and Twitter.

Visit the highlight reel on our Instagram to catch-up on the fabulous takeovers from jeweller Olivia Taylor, textile artist Mariam Syed, glass artist Cressa Maclaren, weavers Araminta Campbell and ceramicist Kevin Andrew Morris

Image: @thecloudpottery via Instagram
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Craft & Cultural Conversations

"So much valuable information to digest. Practical but also very human and relatable experiences" (Attendee, COMPASS: Selling from a Maker Perspective webinar)

Over 250 attendees joined Craft Scotland for five online panel talks across the week. Thank you to all our attendees and speakers for the lively and insightful discussions.  

Placing craft in a cultural context, these free talks explored cultivating community, making and the circular economy, how makers are adapting their practice to the pandemic and the many routes into craft alongside other current social themes. 

Image: @helenruthscarf via Instagram
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Craft Directory

Looking for more Scotland-based makers and craft destinations, visit our Craft Directory

Meet the latest makers to join the Craft Directory this autumn, and delve into their inspiration and handmade objects:

Yellow Broom, Duke Christie, AMD Ceramics, Glass Lab, Violetta Pretorius Beadwork, and Megan Falconer.

Image: Yellow Broom / Photographer Paul T Cowan

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What's On in Scotland 

While this festive season will undoubtably be like no other, there are still plenty of ways you can support makers and shop handmade this Christmas. 

In-person, socially distant shopping has been organised around the country. In Dundee, visit Double Door Studios’s Festive Boutique (until 13 Dec, booking necessary) or discover Tea Green’s Pop Up Design Store at the V&A Dundee (until 31 Jan 2021). In Argyll, the newly opened Hayshed Gallery will be holding a Christmas Pop-Up Shop (28 Nov – 25 Dec, Tighnabruaich). 

Get a unique present at Deemouth Artist Studios’ first ever Christmas Pop Up Market (until 29 Nov, Aberdeen), or at The Barony Centre’s Alternative Giving Christmas Exhibition (until 16 Jan 2021, West Kilbride). At the Burntisland Heritage Museum, Central Fife Open Studios will be holding a Festive Pop-Up Shop (5 & 6 Dec), and in Edinburgh, the Dovecot Studios will present the Merry Makers Market (12 & 13 Dec, booking necessary).  

If in-person shopping is not possible for you this year, many fairs and organisations are moving online. Shop for unique, handmade presents from your home at Spot Design Market (4 – 6 Dec), or explore the Super Market Virtual Christmas, featuring over 150 Scottish Independent Brands (until 13 Dec).  

Makers are also opening their studios for a unique shopping experience: book in advance to visit ceramicist Clare Dawdry's annual studio sale in Castle Douglas (until 29 Nov), seatree Argyll’s studio in Innellan (until 5 Dec) or Jewellers Ann Shearer and Sheila McDonald’s studio in Edinburgh (until 23 Dec).  

If you are looking to make your present extra special this year, why not join one of these week-end workshops: create your own enamel decorationsdesign a piece of silver jewellery – two dates available at SilverHub Studios (11 Dec, 12 Dec and 18 Dec, Edinburgh) or make your own embroidered festive wreath at Dovecot Studios (12 Dec, Edinburgh) 

Image: The Super Market Virtual Christmas / Photographer unknown 

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