Two hundred kilometers off the north coast of Scotland and some eighty kilometers north of Orkney is the archipelago of Shetland, made up of more than 100 islands, fifteen of which are inhabited. The largest is called the Mainland and it’s the fifth largest island in the British Isles.
The Shetland Islands are closer to Norway than they are to mainland Scotland, and the culture and language of the islands is a unique blend of Scottish and Scandinavian.
There are more than 6,000 archaeological sites across Shetland and all kinds of fascinating historical attractions for visitors to enjoy, including castles, ruins, prehistoric settlements and the remains of Viking longhouses.
Every January, visitors flock to Shetland to witness Europe’s largest fire festival, Up Helly Aa, which culminates in a torch-lit procession and the burning of a Viking longship. Yet more visitors come to enjoy the island’s lively music, performance and arts festivals such as the Shetland Folk Festival and the seven-day Shetland Fiddle Frenzy.
And if you make the long journey north to explore Shetland’s craft scene, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome.
Intended to help secure the future of Shetland textile design, future Shetland knitwear business, children’s creativity, and the continuing textile culture in Shetland; PeerieMakkers looks to secure free Shetland hand-knitting lessons for all children within local communities in Shetland.
Artlands North is an online, interactive map showcasing the wealth and diversity of art and craft in the north of Scotland.
Over the weekend of Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October, Bonhoga Gallery in Shetland will host textile artist Jen Deschenes for the Gallery's second Meet Your Maker event of 2014.
Visitors to Bonhoga Gallery at Weisdale Mill can get a rare behind the scenes look at the practice of ceramicist Bill Brown when Bonhoga host the first of their two Meet Your Maker events for 2014.
Craft Scotland is pleased to present the ten venues that will be taking part in our Meet Your Maker 2014/15 programme.
Meet Your Maker 2013 is a new, national celebration of Scottish craft making.
Emergents is a new organisation supporting craft, fashion and textiles in the Highlands and Islands.
The kishie is a multipurpose basket traditionally made and used in Shetland to carry fuel, manure, crops and other goods. Shetland harvests were once measured in ‘kishie-fills’.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been awarded funding for a Harris Tweed Training and Development Programme
In the first of a new series of blog posts looking at craft in film, we bring you a film on Andrea Williamson’s Shetland studio from which she runs her textile business.
Craft Scotland have rounded up regional funding deadlines for makers, which are approaching in January.
Rebecca writes of her recent travels to the Shetland Isles with the Rural Craft Forum, as well as a round up of the office move and AGM.