If you’re like me and like to support local businesses and like unique pieces of jewellery and crafts, hearing the story behind the designs and how the makers created the piece, you’re in the right place. The Craft Scotland Summer Show is back for the 70th Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Designed as a calming escape from the hustle and bustle of the Edinburgh Festival, 33 of Scotland’s most talented makers and designers have been given the opportunity to contribute to the Craft Scotland Summer Show. A career highlight for any maker this focal point in the year is an opportunity to understand why design led Scottish contemporary craft is sought after by customers worldwide. This year’s show is about much more than retail therapy as the second floor of White Stuff will also play host to series of workshops throughout the month of August allowing visitors to get their own ‘feel’ for Scottish craft.
I enjoyed attending the show last year (see my previous post here) and this year was no exception. I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful designs made by talented designers. Every year, the team at Craft Scotland receive lots of requests to be included in the show and they have the difficult task of selecting a sample of these designers to feature at their show.
There are plenty of talented designers, but unfortunately I haven’t featured them all as some designers have used materials that aren’t vegan friendly, but I would highly recommend going to see the products in person. This year, the show is also joined by the team from William & Johnson Co. Coffee so you can browse the beautifully curated show (pieces are also available for purchase by the way, just speak to one of the Craft Scotland team!) while sipping on an artisan cup of brew.
The Craft Scotland team have been very accommodating in allowing me to take photos of the designers’ pieces and I was very pleased to see my jewellery making tutor, Nicola Turnbull, there as one of the crafters on site that day. It was difficult to showcase all the beautiful designs from all 33 designers, but I’ve tried to include some of my favourite pieces from the show below.
Note: This blog post is not endorsed or sponsored in any way and is a true reflection of my own opinion. The photos are also my own and should not be used without prior permission from me.
William & Johnson Coffee Co.
Aubeebop Jewellery, Aberdeen
Beth Lamont Design, Edinburgh
Cristina Zani, Edinburgh
East End Press, Glasgow
East End Press
Evgeniia Balashova, Glasgow
Fitch & McAndrew, Castle Douglas
Gavin Burnett, Strathmiglo
Grainne Morton, Edinburgh
Hannah Grace Ryan (HGR Jewellery), Glasgow
Jo Pudelko Jewellery, Menstrie
Joanne Thompson, Edinburgh
Julia Smith Ceramics, Ardersier
Karolina Baines Jewellery, Edinburgh
Karolina Baines Jewellery
Laura Spring, Glasgow
Little Axe, Edinburgh
Lynne MacLachlan Studio, Bishopton
Lynne MacLachlan Studio
Morna Darling Jewellery, Glasgow
Morna Darling Jewellery
Natalie J Wood, Edinburgh
Nicola Turnbull, Musselburgh
Rebecca Wilson Ceramics, Musselburgh
Ruth Leslie Jewellery, Edinburgh
Scarlett Cohen-French, Glasgow
The Cloud Pottery, Peterculter
Tracy Wilson Jewellery, Edinburgh
Yellow Broom, Granton-on-Spey
There are many beautiful pieces and the show does give you a good insight into where each designer got their inspiration from. After completing two terms of the silver jewellery making course with Edinburgh Council, I have a better appreciation for the time, dedication and patience it takes designers to produce their craft. Maybe it’s because I have a better understanding of jewellery making, but I have had a fascination with the mechanics of practical jewellery and Nicola Turnbull’s pieces are intricate and also unique. I remembered visiting the exhibition one year at the Dovecot Studios and was involved in producing sound waves for one of Nicola’s projects at the time. Tracy Wilson and Scarlett Cohen-French’s pieces also remind me of Nicola’s interest in geometry and the influence of science. Maybe that’s why their designs appeal to me so much?
I also absolutely love the functional intricacy of Joanne Thompson’s chain maille pieces (you can also read about my interview with another chain maille jewellery designer Anne Tweed from White Oak Jewellery here). How can a traditional technique that was used for such a sombre and important purpose of protecting warriors in battle also be so beautiful?
Karolina Baines’ necklace also appeals to me, possibly because of the contrast between the somewhat Asian-inspired gold pattern on metal that reminds me of Japanese art with texture and geometric shapes. It seems like an unlikely combination, but it is a piece that really catches my eye. There are so many facets to the piece that you really have to go and see the detail in it for yourself to know what I mean.
The Craft Scotland Summer Show is on now until Sunday 27th August at the second floor of White Stuff, 89 George Street, EH2 3ES between 11:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; till 7:00pm on Thursday; and 12:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday.
Thank you to Veronique Lapeyre and the team at Craft Scotland for letting me take photos of each designer’s crafts.