The luscious landscapes of Perth and Kinross provide visitors with ancient forests, Roman camps, medieval castles and plenty of cultural attractions to see.
Towns in the region include Aberfeldy, Loch Tay, Dunkeld, Pitlochry, Blairgowrie and the City of Perth.
With over half a million objects, Perth Museum and Art Gallery has a Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland. Another local gallery to Perth, the Fergusson Gallery, celebrates the life and work of the great pioneers of modern art and dance, John Duncan Fergusson and Margaret Morris, and often houses craft exhibitions and classes.
Visitors to Aberfeldy should take time to visit the workshop of furniture maker Angus Ross, who takes inspiration from his local countryside and uses natural materials from the Perthshire countryside to create his beautiful furniture. The Aberfeldy Watermill is also a fantastic place to visit, with an award-winning bookshop, gallery, cafè and craft and design homeware, all on three floors of a converted oatmeal mill.
In Dunkeld, Broughton-Stuart Jewellery shop on the main street provides an opportunity to purchase work by Mokume-Gane goldsmith Craig Stuart, one of the only makers in the UK working in this technique with precious metals.
The annual Perthshire Open Studios take place in September, and provide a fantastic opportunity for people to see behind the scenes in maker and artist studios in Perthshire and Kinross.
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Georgia Crook is an artist/maker who lives and has a workshop overlooking Loch Tay in Highland Perthshire. She has over 20 years' experience in arts/crafts making and tailored workshop provision, for a wide range of client groups. Her own work is mainly inspired by cultural and natural heritage, combining basketry, paper and textile techniques.
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.
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.
Pupils at Kilgraston School in Perthshire were inspired by traditional millinery techniques after spending a morning working with local milliner Sally Orr Ewing as part of their cross-curricular studies.
Lagom Felt Studio is a textile art and craft gallery and supplies shop based in the Perthshire town of Crieff. It is also home to the working studio of feltmaker and artist, Tracy Markey.
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.
Meet Craig Stuart, a maker based in Dunkeld, Perthshire, who creates intricate works of jewellery using the technique of Mokume Gane.
Following on from a season of spring Open Studio events, it’s now time for a fantastic range of summer Open Studios in Scotland.
Artmag and Creative Scotland have announced a new partnership that will help promote Scottish visual arts to a wide audience.