Marchmont Makers Market

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I’ll be heading back to the Scottish Borders in August for my first event since graduating university for the Marchmont Makers Market.

 

Find me there along with a variety of resident and visiting artists in a beautiful country setting.

House Tours and Garden Sculpture Tours are also available on the day and all must be pre-booked via the link below.

 

Open from 10am to 5pm – FREE arrival slots can be booked every 30 minutes

 

27th and 28th August

Marchmont Estate, Duns - book your free visit here

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The Ghillie's Larder Markets

The Ghillie’s Larder Markets have been a great monthly addition this year. I’ll be at the next couple of markets from 10am-3pm on Sunday 14th August and Sunday 11th September in St Margaret’s Church, Braemar.


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14th August 10am-3pm

11th September 10am-3pm

11th December 10am-3pm

St Margarets Church, Braemar

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The Summer Market at V&A Dundee

Find me at the V&A Dundee on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th July where I'll be taking part in their Summer Design Market. 

The V&A Dundee,

1 Riverside Esplanade,

Dundee DD1 4EZ

 

Open 10am - 5pm

29th-30th July

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An Honest Representation of the Modern Maker Documentary

Find me in a new documentary by We Are Makers "An Honest Representation of the Modern Maker".

"Through this docuseries, we will be taking you behind the scenes of what it’s like to be a maker and run a small business. It’s something a lot of us will relate to and to show everyone what goes into creating a handmade product. How do makers balance their work and home life? We will be showing you through this documentary ”

Stream the documentary:

We Are Makers (vhx.tv)

Save 10% on We Are Makers publications by using the referral code MACDONALD48 here.

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Our Journey - Sustainability Blog Post

A series on the stories behind the new exhibition Design-Nation: Our Journey, this month we explore the second theme, sustainability, and how our exhibitors imbed this into their working lives. 

Find it here

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Design Nation: Our Journey

Showcasing excellence, sustainability and diversity in craft & design

At the end of January 2022 we will launch Design-Nation: Our Journey, an exhibition which captures important milestones in the evolution of Design-Nation’s portfolio of leading contemporary designer-makers from across the UK.  A showcase of diverse material-led practices, Our Journey emphasises excellence and beauty of design and craftsmanship, and highlights the sector’s increasingly committed focus on innovative ways to address sustainability and embrace ethical making. The exhibition is being hosted by our sister gallery, The Hub, in Lincolnshire.

Take the virtual tour here!

Jan 28th - April 23rd

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House and Garden UK

Why handicrafts are having a moment.

Making things with our hands is a natural human instinct; happily, designers – and society more widely – are rediscovering that instinct as we try to move away from living in a throwaway culture

By Fiona McKenzie Johnston

25 February 2022

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"Highly Commended, One To Watch"

I was over the moon that my collection "Seasons of the Sea" was awarded "Highly Commended, One To Watch" by the Collect Open judges at Collect Art Fair 2022!

They said that my work was a brave step in a new direction. It was great to have my work of the past two years recognised in this way and I look forward to seeing where it will lead me next!

24th February 2022

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Collect Art Fair

Collect: the leading international fair for contemporary craft and design 25-27 February 2022 (previews 23-24 February)

I'll be exhibiting my new collection of textile artworks as part of Collect Open. 

Collect is one of the world’s most influential fairs focusing on contemporary craft and design and living artists, and takes place each year at Somerset House in the heart of London.

Visit my stand on Artsy until March 6th.

Somerset House, London

23rd - 27th February

We Are Makers Mini Doc Series filming

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Ko-Fi Fundraiser for Collect Open 2022

Support me in bringing my 'Seasons Of The Sea' Collection to Collect Open 2022 by donating the cost of a coffee!

With costs upwards of £3800, I’m hoping to raise around a third of the total to go towards my place at Collect Open and to share part of the journey and collection with you all.


If you’d like to help (and a huge thank you to everyone who already has!) the link is below to donate but a share, like or comment on social media is just as helpful!

KoFi Fundraiser

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Crafts Magazine Feature

I was very excited to see one of my large artworks "Oceanic", created for Collect Open, featured in the January/February issue of Crafts Magazine.

 

Crafts magazine is the leading international authority on contemporary craft. For nearly 50 years it has championed the finest makers, artists and designers in the UK and across the world. With in-depth features, beautiful photography and expert commentary, the bi-monthly magazine shows how making enhances every facet of our lives, from the clothes we wear to the houses we live in and the bikes we ride.

Jan 2022

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A bi-annual publication that showcases a wide array of wonderful, dedicated, and talented makers from across the globe.

October 2020

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I was invited to be a guest on the Professional Weavers Society Podcast to chat with Eric and Tegan about all things weaving. During the podcasts they aim to answer your questions, or finding weavers who can, and interviewing amazing professional weavers about their career, how they got where they are, and what makes weaving special to them.

 

Listen by clicking here.

February 2021

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I was delighted that my Trade Winds design was awarded first place in “Best New Woven Fabric Or Textile” competition 2021 by The Incorporation Of Weavers Of Glasgow! The award considers elements such as colour and technical ability along with overall design.


The double cloth design was inspired by a trip to Australia and took the larger part of a year to get right. The final pieces were bought by collectors all over the world in locations including Japan, California, Australia, Thailand and of course the UK.


You can find the pattern used in the Trade Winds Cowls and Blanket Scarves and also in some of the larger artwork pieces.

May 2021

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Exhibition of a range of my handwoven artwork and cushions in the Form Made From group. Find an excerpt from the exhibition website below.

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Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London

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VACMA Award

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The Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) are a programme of small grants schemes with a range of local authorities and art agencies across Scotland to support Scotland-based visual artists and craft makers in their creative and professional development. I successfully applied for and was awarded a £750 grant to investigate and experiment with natural dye techniques and sustainably sourced fibres.

April 2021

Joe Lycett's Got Your Back

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Contributed to the Channel 4 primetime TV show as part of a feature on the British wool industry. As part of my pledge to use more British wool I'll be producing a capsule collection of hand dyed scarves.

September 2021

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Craft Week 2021

I'll be joining Design-Nation as it returns to London Craft Week in October, presenting a digital-only exhibition, through original films, an online showcase and talks programme. View the film and talks here.

This exhibition selects new work created over the past 18 months that celebrates the stories of our makers and their outstanding work – craft that is produced with heart as well as hands. What makes great craft? And what drives makers to keep creating?

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Hothouse

Set up by the Crafts Council in 2011, Hothouse is a six month programme designed to help makers cultivate their creativity and develop their business know-how with equal measure.

Throughout the course, makers will travel across the UK completing a series of workshops including finance, self-presentation, marketing, business growth and creative thinking, with the added bonus of mentorship with weaver Margo Selby and 1:1 support.

January 2019

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Haan Christmas Market

HAAN Christmas Design Market is a new, high quality showcase of creative products from local, national and international designers and makers. A local word for ‘hand’, HAAN celebrates the best crafted and handmade treats from the region.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Friday 3 / Saturday 4 / Sunday 5 December 2021

Country Living Magazine open at an artical about Arra Textiles

Country Living Magazine

A five page detailed feature about my business/studio with images of the current and new collections.

 

December 2018

Press, Awards & Events