As it’s the end of the year and a time to reflect I thought it would be fitting to share some lovely goodies I’ve bought from Sottish crafters. I’d love to get a glass cabinet to keep everything in but the pieces are meant to be used, worn and loved so that’s what I’ve done.
I know the word craft has been debased in the past but we are taking it back and the level of talent is increasing year on year. Everyone I am showing here either sells on their own website, ETSY, Folksy or MISI and they have twitter, Flickr and blogs pages too if you want to delve in deeper. So…here we go…
The first person I’d like to introduce you to is Laura Baillie who is based in Paisley http://www.laurabailliedesigns.bigcartel.com/ I really love the mix of beads and colours she put in this necklace. It is delicate but makes a lovely statement.
Based in Glasgow (& Morayshire) is Rebecca Holland who makes beautiful brooches http://www.cottoncandycorsage.com I’ve bought several from her and they brighten up any coat or bag I put them on. Upcycling an old tartan tie into this fabulous brooch is a great idea and I always get comments when I wear it.
Moving over to Edinburgh is Alison Reid and her lovely silverwork http://www.folksy.com/shops/alibalijewellery When I saw the felt necklace (above) it made me smile and I had to buy it. It’s a bit of fun and slightly different to her other work. In the picture with different pieces of jewellery you can also see some beautiful silver love heart ear-rings I bought from her. In fact I loved them so much I bought a similar pair fo a friend’s 30th birthday present.
More recently I’ve been introduced to Julia Smith who is based in Govan, Glasgow http://www.juliasmithceramics.com/ and Lucy Jackson http://www.lucyjacksondesigns.com/ I have been eyeing up their work and was lucky enough to buy some at the last Dennistoun Craft Fair. In fact the ring is a collaboration between them as the centre of the ring is one of Julia’s ceramic buttons that Lucy made into a ring.
Well I hope you like that quick guide to some unique items I’ve bought this year has inspired you to think about buying local…or certainly away from the high street. Will leave you with a collection of pictures which probably don’t do any justice to the items but you’ll no doubt see me wearing them soon.