XpoNorth 2015 Crafts, Fashion and Textiles Showcase
We are delighted to present a showcase the work of 11 of the top Highlands and Islands designer makers at XpoNorth in Inverness on the 10th & 11th June 2015.
The XpoNorth Cr&FT platform will be both a showcase and a celebration of the most talented designers & makers in craft, fashion & textiles who are currently developing successful businesses in the Highlands & Islands region. The focus of the showcase will be to promote the quality and creativity of the businesses involved and the international geographical reach of their products from their base in the area.
The work will also be available to purchase and commission at a retail showcase on the 11th June.
Paulette Brough spent 2 decades in clothing manufacture before moving to the Western Isles and starting Rarebird. Concentrating on handmade quality and clean design her Harris Tweed based accessories sell across Scotland and export to Japan, EU and USA. www.rarebirdhandbags.com, @PauletteBrough
Jewellery designer Eileen Gatt graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee over 20 years ago, and then went on to do her Masters at London’s Royal College of Art. Eileen’s work is inspired by her home in the Highlands with its rich cultural heritage, exquisite wildlife and diverse landscapes. www.eileengatt.co.uk
Hilary Grant is a knitwear designer based on Orkney. She is inspired by Fair Isle knitting and the traditional rules of pattern-making. She designs each scarf, hat and mitten stitch by stitch- through a contemporary and graphic lens yet with a reassuring rhythm and meter. Her scarves, hats and mittens can be found in boutiques across the UK, and as far as Hong Kong, New York and Tokyo. www.hilarygrant.co.uk, @Hilary_Grant
Gilly Langton is a contemporary jewellery designer based in the Scottish Highlands in the prettiest little fishing village of Plockton. Her luxury jewellery company focuses on unique design and craftsmanship. The stunning coast line of breathtaking seascapes and heather covered hills is the inspiration behind Gilly’s striking sterling silver and hand dyed elastic jewellery of necklaces, bangles, earrings that’s sold national and internationally in museums, galleries and concept stores. www.gillylangton.co.uk, @Gillyjewel
Helen Lockhart established Ripples Crafts (www.ripplescrafts.com) in 2008 as a development of her creative aspirations, hand dyeing yarn using varied techniques. Helen says “the landscape around my home in Assynt, north west Highlands, inspires the colour combinations I develop for my yarns.” Blog: www.ripplescrafts.com/dropone, @ripplescrafts
After completing her BA (Hons) and a 1 year MA at Edinburgh College of Art in 2011, Heather moved home to the Isle of Skye to establish her business. She takes her inspiration from the ever-changing shoreline and landscapes of Skye and uses stainless steel with elements of silver with vivid discs of colour. www.heathermcdermott.com, @heathermcdermo5
Melanie Muir is an internationally award winning contemporary jewellery designer, teacher and entrepreneur, based in Nairn. Her bold, colourful work in polymer is inspired by the colours, patterns and shapes of the Highland landscape. Each of her creations is unique and unrepeatable. www.melaniemuir.com, @melanie_muir
Niela Nell Kalra
Niela Nell Kalra is a former lawyer from Moray, currently enjoying her second life successfully designing distinctive knitwear which now sells globally under her label nielanell. She is passionate about all things wool, and how we relate/react to the security it encourages. A keen handspinner, dyer and tutor, her studio/shop in Shetland is a place of pilgrimage for those in the know. www.nielanell.com, @nielanell
Gavin Robertson has been designing and making bespoke furniture for over 20 years, the now well established company enjoys prominence as one of Scotland’s leading bespoke business specializing in the design and production of furniture of superlative quality. Our ethos is to fuse contemporary design with exquisite cabinet making. www.grfurniture.com, @grfurniture
Julia Smith Ceramics is made at her home studio by the Moray Firth near Inverness. She makes distinctly handmade ceramics intended for every day use. Her simple modern pottery combines a love of making simple utilitarian forms with colours and drawings from nature. www.juliasmithceramics.com, @juliaceramics
Kirsteen Stewart started her fashion career studying Fashion Design & Surface Print at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle. Kirsteen worked in New York with independent label Elizabeth Powell and Gap as a design assistant. After returning to her hometown of Kirkwall, in Orkney Kirsteen started her design and retail business. Opening The Studio Shop in 2009, in Kirkwall, which stocks own brand products alongside UK independent and up and coming UK designers.
The Kirsteen Stewart collection consists of a capsule collection of clothing with complimentary accessories. The collection features a strong surface design element which is translated using many techniques including knit, embroidery, laser cutting & embossing. Each product is handcrafted in the UK. www.kirsteenstewart.co.uk, @KirsteenStewart
Fashion Foundry participant 2013. Winner of the Scottish Princes Trust Growth Award 2013.
Winner of the Scottish Edge Award 2014