Orkney is a mecca for craft lovers. A multitude of makers have chosen these islands, located off the north coast of Scotland, as a base for their studios, with many finding inspiration in the unique location. Ever-changing skies and wild seas are captured in the warp and weft of Leila Thomson’s unique tapestries, on display at Hoxa Tapestry Gallery. Visit silversmith Roger Philby at Fluke Jewellery and see first-hand how Orkney’s marine life, often glimpsed from his studio window, informs his delicate designs.
Orkney craft often embraces the traditional skills and products of the past, albeit with a contemporary twist. Orkney’s craft heritage is kept alive at The Orkney Furniture Maker and Scapa Crafts, where traditional Orkney chairs are partly woven with straw, the same sustainable natural resource used by centuries of skilled furniture makers. Going even further back in time, Andrew Appleby of Fursbreck Pottery conducts experimental research into the making of prehistoric pottery. He can be seen working in his studio, where he melds landscape with heritage in his distinctive, practical designs.