Ortak returns home to former Kirkwall premises

Revitalised Orkney jewellery brand, Ortak, is relocating back home to its former premises in Kirkwall, it was announced this week. Ortak’s move, from its current workshop in the town’s Great Western Road to the much larger building on the edge…

Iconic Orcadian jewellery brand Ortak celebrates half century

Iconic Orcadian jewellery brand Ortak is marking its 50th anniversary by releasing five special commemorative pieces – one for each decade – throughout 2017. Choosing the designs to mark this milestone in the brand’s history has been a company wide…

Orkney’s Churchill Barriers inspire unique new collection by islands jeweller

Orkney’s iconic Churchill Barriers have inspired a unique new collection by young islands jewellery designer, Zoe Davidson. The barriers, created during WWII to protect Royal Navy ships anchored in Scapa Flow, now act as causeways linking the Orkney mainland with…

Jewellery community comes together for refugees

Orkney jewellery designer Alison Moore is one of more than 60 jewellers from throughout the UK to donate work to a Facebook auction in aid of refugees in Europe and the Middle East. The Auction for Aid gets underway today…

Orkney designer Hilary Grant commissioned for major exhibition

Orkney knitwear designer Hilary Grant has been commissioned to produce new work for a high profile exhibition, being staged at Edinburgh Airport next month. The exhibition, titled Local Heroes, aims to take a snapshot of contemporary design in Scotland, working…

Orkney’s Hoxa Tapestry Gallery marks 20 years in business

The Hoxa Tapestry Gallery in South Ronaldsay, Orkney, is marking its 20th anniversary this year. The gallery was built in 1996 by Leila Thomson and husband Benny, to showcase Leila's large hand-woven tapestries, inspired by the landscapes, folklore and heritage…

New jewellery business launches in Orkney

A young Orkney jewellery designer is using an ancient form of metal origami to create a unique new collection of handcrafted silverwork, which launches in the islands this weekend. Twenty-five-year-old Zoe Davidson graduated in Jewellery and Metal Design from Dundee’s…

New brochure marks 20 years of Orkney Craft Trail

The 20TH anniversary edition of Orkney’s unique craft trail brochure, which highlights the workshops, studios and shops of local artisans, is set to be launched this week at a major tourism event in Edinburgh. Twenty-one businesses - covering everything from…

Final preparations underway for Orkney crafts festival

Orkney is gearing up to host its first ever large-scale crafts festival this month, with a bumper programme of events scheduled to take place during the three-day community event. Laldie Haans, as the festival has been named, will bring together…

Ortak head to Japan on trade show mission

Jewellery manufacturer Ortak is heading to Japan this weekend to fly the flag for Orkney at a brace of major trade events showcasing British-made goods. The Kirkwall-based firm will first exhibit its range at the Hankyu British Fair in Fukuoka…

Orkney Crafts Association launch online shop

Orkney Crafts Association (OCA) has launched an online shop in a bid to boost sales of locally handcrafted goods, throughout the UK. Visitors to the OCA website now have the opportunity to buy everything from jewellery, textiles and knitwear, to…