Mati moved to Fair Isle in 2007 where, alongside running a croft, she has developed her own successful business designing and knitting bespoke garments from her studio in the isle. She says she has been massively supported by the Shetland community, something she is seeking to celebrate at the London Craft Week exhibition.
She took over a reception room at The Great Scotland Yard Hotel where invited guests have been treated to lamb from Mati’s own croft, expertly smoked by Shetland Food and Drink chairwoman Marian Armitage. Visitors also sampled Shetland Reel gin and witnessed some of the incredible craft skills of Shetlanders.
Other culinary delights included Uradale beef, named after the croft where the native breed cattle are farmed by Ronnie Eunson. Ronnie also sent sassermaet – a spiced beef mince much loved by many Shetlanders – to London for the event, along with yarn from his Shetland sheep.
Mati’s event also profiles several skilled craftspeople, including Eve Eunson who makes traditional Fair Isle chairs, Cecil Tait of Paparwark Furniture and Oliver Henry from Jamieson & Smith Wool Brokers.
Films produced by Promote Shetland were screened at the event, along with other films and photography, along with information about Shetland Wool Adventures.