Shetland Arts & Crafts Assoc. Represented at Ideal Homes Show

by Deborah Leggate -

Shetland Arts & Crafts Association were represented by three of its full members in last weekends Ideal Homes Show Scotland at the SECC in Glasgow.  Burra Bears, Jane P Jacobs and Paparwark furniture, who are also part of the Shetland Craft Trail, were individually invited to send work down to be displayed in the Prince's Foundation House, influenced, inspired and opened by HRH The Prince of Wales, the Arts & Crafts House aims to showcase its ability to be both beautiful and sustainable. Inside, it houses an array of decorative and functional items crafted by partners and collaborators, including the Prince's School for Traditional Arts, the Building Craft Apprentices and a wide selection of suppliers.

Jane Jacobs who sent down a collage and 5 paintings said, "this is great opportunity for me, I don't think it would have happened without the Shetland Arts & Crafts website".

Shetland was represented in grand style by Cecil Tait from Paparwark furniture in the form of his Shetland Chair, a stunning piece from a master craftsman.

Ian Gidney, Chairman of Shetland Arts & Crafts Association said, "we are absolutely delighted that 3 of our members were hand picked to be showcased to such a huge audience, the Ideal Homes Show which attracts 44,000 visitors over 4 days, gives fantastic exposure and will be a great benefit to our incredibly talented makers, Wendy Inkster from Burra Bears has already had enquiries".  

Shetland Arts & Crafts Association is a collective of over 70 makers and artists.  Originally set up in 1995 the group organises the highly successful weekend Craft Fair held in Shetland in November each year, runs the Craft Trail which started in 2011 and this year, for the first time will hold their very own Big Summer Crafty Fair.  Run by a completely voluntary committee, Shetland Arts & Crafts Association are proud to promote so many wonderfully talented people.

Find out more about Shetland Arts & Crafts or download the NEW 2012 Craft Trail leaflet here