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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.
May's opportunities round-up offers a selection of funding and awards, in addition to several job and residency opportunities.
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.
Spring Fling, Scotland's premier art and craft open studios event will return for 2015, bringing thousands of visitors to meet skilled Scottish craft makers of every kind. We give you a run-down of some of the makers who will be participating in this year's event.
Hothouse is a programme of creative and business development for new makers run by the Crafts Council. Craft Scotland is currently supporting six Scottish-based makers through the programme. Find out how they are getting on in this blog by jeweller Ruth Hollywood.
Cyan Clayworks was recently awarded funding through Creative Scotland which will enable an exciting new phase of growth and development. Part of the funding will be allocated for equipment; and part for hosting an international guest artist (in 2016) as a pilot scheme. As the third element of the project, the studio intends to offer structured placements for recent arts graduates.
This month we have a Special Edition of our usual opportunities round-up. We have some new opportunities we didn't want you to miss, including a chance for makers based north of the Caledonian Canal to take part in a unique Meet Your Maker event at Timespan in Helmsdale.
If you find yourself in London next week, there is a wealth of opportunities to see and experience craft, including work and makers from Scotland. Highlights include the inaugural London Craft Week, COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery and the Heritage Crafts Association's Conference at the V&A.
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.
In another bumper round up, we bring you April's most exciting opportunities from Craft Scotland. Also in this month's round up: applications are now open for Dovecot Studios' 2015 Selected exhibition, Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts is offering a fantastic discount on their facilities and workshops to Craft Scotland community members; and Fife Contemporary Art and Craft is looking for makers to take part in their next treat Store collection.
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.
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.