The aim of the Year of Natural Scotland 2013 is to promote Scotland’s stunning natural beauty and biodiversity, and promote ways in which visitors can enjoy our beautiful landscapes, wildlife and heritage responsibly.
Eight key themes have been developed to cover Scotland’s vast wealth of natural product for the Year of Natural Scotland:
Find out more about the Year of Natural Scotland on VisitScotland, at www.visitscotland.com/natural
Craft Scotland celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland with a series of features on Scottish craft people and places who embrace the themes of YONS.
Our featured Year of Natural Scotland maker is Robin Fox, who works in mixed media and often incorporates heather, bark, rocks and driftwood in his pieces.
Our featured maker this month is Karen Suzuki, who makes urban animal forms with the aim to reflect their fragile and complex lives through exploring combined and reworked fabrics.
As part of our series celebrating the Year of Natural Scotland, we take a closer look at Louise Oppenheimer whose tapestries are inspired by the landscape on the west coast of Scotland.
Our featured maker this month is Joanna Kessel, who specialises in the design and fabrication of mosaic artworks for domestic and public spaces as well as pursuing a studio practice of more intimately scaled jewel-like artworks for exhibition.
Our featured maker this month is Fiona Byrne-Sutton, who creates earthy ceramic vessels from local Scottish materials.
A shortlist of just 30 has been selected from a record entry of 318 British projects in the Wood Awards 2013, the UK’s premier award scheme celebrating excellence in design in wood.
The Tormore Forest in Skye is the centre of a new project involving the making of statement jewellery by local residents with jeweller Heather McDermott.
Nancy Elizabeth Fuller makes wood-fired ceramics in rural Aberdeenshire using locally sourced wood, and employs processes and techniques she learned in Japan.
Aberdeenshire Council joins forces with textile designer Donna Wilson to create a new tartan inspired by the area’s stunning natural and built environment.
Our series celebrating the Year of Natural Scotland continues with a look at craft in the beautiful surroundings of the Falls of Clyde.
The fascinating story of the ancient agricultural crop will be brought to life at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival - Scotland’s leading celebration of nautical heritage and culture in Portsoy from the 22 to 23 June, 2013.
Harris Tweed is a type of cloth handwoven in the Outer Hebrides in the homes of islanders using pure wool yarns that are dyed and spun in the islands.
As part of our series celebrating the Year of Natural Scotland, we take a closer look at West Moss Side.
The Orkney Chair is a type of wooden seat with a high back made from straw which has been made in Orkney since the 1700s.
Cove Park recently announced the recipients of the 2013 Craft Residencies programme.
For the first in our series on Scottish craft people and places whose work closely ties in with the Year of Natural Scotland, we take a look at fibre artist Joanne B Kaar.
The Year of Natural Scotland 2013 was officially launched in January with the help of two Shetland Ponies, who modelled Shetland knitwear