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The Lothian region is part of the Scottish lowlands, with the Firth of Forth to the north and the Scottish Borders to the south. At its heart is Edinburgh, UNESCO World Heritage Site and Scotland’s historic capital city.

Edinburgh attracts millions of visitors every year, looking for culture, history, shopping, arts and entertainment and to use its central location as a base for trips into the countryside and along Scotland’s beautiful coastline.

The city is perhaps most famous for its cultural festivals, such as the Edinburgh International Festival and its huge and vibrant Festival Fringe, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

In fact, the whole region offers a year-round calendar of events and festivals showcasing local arts, crafts, heritage, music, food, storytelling and much more.

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Recent craft news for Edinburgh and the Lothians:

  • Making Memories / Meet Your Maker

    13/12/2016

    Over the past few months, The Living Memory Association (TheLMA) has been exploring craft and making through a craft reminiscence programme called Making Memories. To tie into this, we partnered with TheLMA to deliver a series of Meet Your Maker events in the form of drop-in craft workshops at The Little Shop of Memory in Edinburgh’s Ocean Terminal. We caught up with the team from TheLMA to hear about their Meet Your Maker experience, and get the low-down from their makers. 

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  • Craft Scotland Prize Awarded to Andrea Walsh

    09/12/2016

    Craft Scotland is thrilled to announce that The Craft Scotland Prize 2016 was awarded to Andrea Walsh for her piece Contained Boxes, currently on show in the Visual Arts Scotland Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy Building in Edinburgh. 

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  • Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion - Talks

    20/09/2016

    The Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion, presented by Craft Scotland & Emergents, will launch at London Design Fair on Thursday 22 September 2016. 

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  • Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion - Meet the Makers

    12/09/2016

    The Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion, presented by Craft Scotland & Emergents, will launch at London Design Fair on Thursday 22 September 2016. Ahead of our grand opening, we chat to Meg Held of The Store Hus all about the inspirations behind her brand's pieces, and the Scottish creative identity. 

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  • Summer Show: Get To Know Warped Textiles

    27/07/2016

    Get to know the Summer Show makers with our behind the scenes blog series. This week, we're chatting all things warp and weft with Chantal Allen from Warped Textiles. 

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  • Summer Show: Get To Know Natalie J Wood

    08/07/2016

    This week, we're chatting tableware, mixing it up in the studio and kiln surprises with Natalie J Wood. Get to know the Craft Scotland Summer Show makers with our behind the scenes blog series. 

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  • Summer Show: Get To Know Laura Spring

    29/06/2016

    Get to know the Craft Scotland Summer Show makers with our behind the scenes blog series. This week, we're chatting squeegees, colours and best place to get sweet treats in Glasgow with Laura Spring. 

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  • Summer Show: Get To Know Niki Fulton

    24/06/2016

    Get to know the Summer Show makers with our behind the scenes blog series. This week, we're chatting all things patterns, Breton holidays and the making process with Niki Fulton. 

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  • The Craft Scotland Summer Show: Meet our Makers

    14/06/2016

    The Craft Scotland Summer Show is back for a fourth year! Our Summer Show blog series will introduce you to some of our exhibiting makers; cleverly keeping you distracted until the show opens in August. And you can get a head-start at curating your shopping list.

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  • Makers announced for Craft Scotland Summer Show 2016

    13/04/2016

    We are excited to be showing the work of 31 talented craft makers from around Scotland at our fourth Summer Show in Edinburgh, held at White Stuff on George Street from Friday 5 to Sunday 28 August 2016, part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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  • Inaugural Craft Scotland Prize awarded to Polly Collins

    29/01/2016

    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'.

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  • Craft Scotland Summer Show Film Series: Introducing Textile Designer Fiona McIntosh

    26/08/2015

    Watch our short film introducing Textile Designer Fiona McIntosh, who produces a range of fashion accessories which are hand-dyed and screen-printed.

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  • Craft Scotland Summer Show Film Series: Introducing Weaver James Donald

    19/08/2015

    Watch our short film introducing weaver James Donald, whose wearable fabrics explore the rich Scottish landscape through repetitive pattern and texture.

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  • Craft Scotland Summer Show Film Series: Introducing Ceramicist Myer Halliday

    12/08/2015

    Watch our short film introducing ceramicist Myer Halliday, whose work is driven by his interest in pattern and its application to different forms.

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  • Craft at the Edinburgh Festivals 2015

    29/07/2015

    Craft Scotland presents a round-up of craft related events taking place in Edinburgh during the 2015 festival season.

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  • Craft Events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

    10/06/2015

    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. 

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  • Cyan Clayworks: New Funded Project - Studio Growth and Development

    12/05/2015

    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.

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  • Makers announced for Craft Scotland Summer Show 2015

    24/04/2015

    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.

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  • Meet Your Maker at Edinburgh Zoo

    02/04/2015

    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.  

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  • Tales in the Making at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

    10/12/2014

    Craft Scotland has commissioned a series of three events called Tales in the Making and teamed up with the Scottish Storytelling Centre to present the events between Christmas and New Year.

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