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SKILLS FROM THE PAST,
PRODUCTS FOR THE PRESENT

Welcome to Orkney Arts and Crafts.

We are an expanding and thriving group of artists and crafters, ranging from teenagers to octogenarians, living and working in the beautiful setting of the Orkney Islands. These islands of the North, only about 50 miles south of Greenland, have traces of occupation from as far back as 8000 years ago and have a very long history of art and craft. Recent archaeological finds at the Ness of Brodgar, along with earlier finds from
places like Pierowall on the island of Westray show the Neolithic settlers of Orkney had great skill in stone carving and the use of natural minerals for colour. Since these earliest times, Orkney has been a place of ‘incomers’ bringing their own artistic and craft skills to the islands, leaving a rich legacy for present generations. We members of Orkney Arts and Crafts embrace this past and the time-honoured skills handed down through the generations whilst welcoming modern crafts, techniques and materials for our products. Of course the Northerly position with regular displays of ‘The Merry Dancers’ (Aurora Borealis), and the wide, open landscapes framed by the sea, play a big part in inspiring the painters and photographers. The traditional occupations of farming and animal husbandry have also led to long-practised crafts such as spinning, weaving, knitting and straw-work. Whether it’s a traditional item you are looking for, or something more contemporary, the variety of products from our artists and crafters should offer you an excellent choice.  Our members work in different materials and use a range of techniques to produce quality hand-made items that have the designer touch.  From bonnets to bags, creepies to chairs, bangles to bowls, the choice is truly amazing. Adding that extra touch to your home, finding a gift for someone special or just treating yourself, you can find the ideal item with us. Here you can browse our extensive members directory, find people who specialise in a specific craft (for example, textiles or woodwork), view members galleries, and keep up to date with the latest news and events. If you like what you see, why not check to see if you can commission work? If you’re socially inclined, follow us on Facebook and Twitter! But most importantly, please keep popping back as we will be adding more members, news and events.
 

CATEGORIES

  • Textiles

    • North Weaving

    • Dawn Wylie

    • Peedie Crafty Things

    • Isle of Auskerry

    • Orkney Star Island Soap & Textiles

    • Georgina Low

  • Yarn Crafts

    • Kate Laughton – Handmade Jewellery and Crafts

    • Dawn Wylie

    • Ann Mackie Knitting Services and Design

    • Rural Horizons

    • Jean Tulloch Knitwear

    • Rendall Knitwear

  • Art, Print & Photography

    • Liz Rickard

    • UpperCaseCraft

    • Harry Jess / Artist

    • Vera Jess / Artist

    • Drawings by Anna

    • Kelpie Animal Crafts

  • Woodwork

    • UpperCaseCraft

    • Peedie Box Company

    • Rural Horizons

    • Billy Jolly

    • Sandra Higgins

    • Quoyloo Wood Crafts

  • Paper, Glass & Straw

    • Quoyloo Seaglass

    • Swartland Slate

    • THE CORNER, Art & Craft

    • Lynn’s Glass

    • Orkney Molten Glass

  • Jewellery

    • Kate Laughton – Handmade Jewellery and Crafts

    • Made of Metal

    • THE CORNER, Art & Craft

    • Orkney Molten Glass

    • Marion Tait

    • DragonLadyDesigns

  • Soap & Candles

    • Orkney Organics

    • Orkney Star Island Soap & Textiles

  • Orkney Arts and Crafts Newsletter October 2021

    Having had two seasons where the pandemic  restrictions meant all craft fairs and our exhibitions had to be cancelled,  here’s the good news… we are holding our Christmas Craftastic Fayre in the Kirkwall Grammar School

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  • Helen Galland (Woolly Wally Gifts) Receives Grant!

    I have been lucky enough to be successful in my application for funding through VACMA (Visual Artist and Craft Makers Award). I am a long time needlefelt artist and model maker and a more recent

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  • 2020

    2020 has been a funny old year and one we won’t want to repeat in a hurry. As I write some restrictions are in place again, and though frustrating, as these are meant to keep

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