Orkney jewellery designer’s collection helps lifeboat museum fundraising

Orkney jewellery designer Zoe Davidson has been raising funds to help with the refurbishment of an island lifeboat museum through sales of a limited-edition collection of her work. Stromness-based Zoe created the special silver Longhope collection after learning that the…

Young Orkney jewellery designer recreates rare Pictish necklace

A young Orkney jewellery designer has re-created a rare, 1,400-year-old Pictish necklace, the original of which is kept within the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Zoe Davidson crafted her 1kg solid silver version of the famous Whitecleugh Chain, discovered in Lanarkshire…

New Dundee hotel is blanket fan of Orkney designer

Orkney knitwear designer Hilary Grant has provided bespoke blankets for rooms in a new high-end hotel that’s just opened in Dundee. The commission, for the 102 room, multi-million-pound Hotel Indigo®- operated by IHG and located in a former mill building in…

New Sheila Fleet Jewellery visitor centre opens its doors

“It’s been about blending elements of its past with the future and finding it a new purpose,” says Sheila Fleet of the former St Andrew’s Kirk, now serving as a visitor centre for her Tankerness based jewellery business. “We hope…

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…

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…

Orkney showcased at Glasgow food and trade fair event

Fourteen Orkney businesses are set to showcase their products at a major food and trade fair event, which gets underway in Glasgow this weekend. Scotland’s Speciality Food Show 2016 brings together 130 exhibitors offering the very best of fine food…

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…

New Orkney Craft Trail brochure launched

The latest edition of Orkney’s unique craft trail brochure, which highlights the workshops, studios and shops of local artisans, is launched this week. Eighteen businesses - covering everything from jewellery, ceramics and artwork, to textiles and traditional Orkney chair making…

Orkney’s new digital communications manager logs on

Orkney’s new digital communications manager logged on for business this week, overseeing several key islands websites in a bid to boost the county’s online profile. Former BBC journalist Andrew Learmonth will act as webmaster for the recently revamped Orkney.com portal,…