Meet The Makers returns to Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield are delighted to welcome back Exclusively Highlands following a very successful arts, crafts and food event in May.

Visitors and locals alike so enjoyed seeing many of the crafters at work as well as crafts and foods that connected on an historical level with Culloden Battlefield, that every endeavour has been made to repeat the event.  As a result the makers will be back on 31st August, for a one day fair from 10am until 5pm.  Entrance to the Meet the Makers Exhibition is free.

There is a further opportunity to see a silversmith at work.  Other jewellers will also be working with traditional tools in copper and other materials, in one case with beautiful Pictish design jewellery. Handbags and hats made with local materials, driftwood art and furniture made with locally sourced wood.  All exhibitors live and work in the Highlands and where they are not actually demonstrating their art can they can talk knowledgably about their subject. A Scottish wildlife photographer for example who is an expert on the animals he captures on film.   However, perhaps no claims about personal knowledge of local wildlife from the children’s author who has recently published a story about Nessie (in six different languages).

Isabel Stewart, founder of Exclusively Highlands says “Visitors to our first event here really enjoyed meeting the makers.  It was inspiring to have such a positive response from the public to our own knowledge and enthusiasm.  We are delighted to return to Culloden Battlefield. ”

Exclusively Highlands has over 80 members.  All members are artists, crafters or food producers living and working in the Highlands of Scotland.  They attend events personally and so can assure visitors of the provenance of every single item.  All the goods are carefully chosen for their unique and excellent quality. Group members make a diverse range of goods including handbags, bodices, millinery, jewellery, knitwear, upcycled vintage clothing, soaps, paper and silk crafts, glass art, wood and ceramic sculpture, photography, pottery and furniture. There are also a whole range of food items such as preserves and sauces, baking, chocolates and hand-reared meats.  Members travel from all corners of the Highlands to bring their arts, crafts and foods to these events.   Prices range from a few pounds upwards so visitors can find something special whatever their budget.

Melanie McKay
Member of Exclusively Highlands
www.exclusivelyhighlands.co.uk
01463 250127
[email protected]


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Summer At Eden – Meet The Makers

Exclusively Highlands presents Summer at Eden – a Meet the Makers event at the Bishops Palace, Eden Court, Inverness, where visitors can meet the artists and craftsmen, see some of them at work and have the opportunity to purchase something unique and exquisite from them.

Harris Tweed and Felt Trinket BoxesTaking place in the beautifully restored Bishops Palace, there will be over 40 exhibitors all bringing the very finest of Highland Arts, Crafts and Foods to Inverness on 7th and 8th July.  Visitors will be able to meet the Exclusively Highlands craftspeople and see some of them at work making traditional to contemporary arts and crafts.  Talk to the artists about how the local Highland landscape inspires them, how they use traditional Scottish crafting techniques and where possible Scottish materials to make authentically Highland arts and crafts, albeit often with a modern twist.

With over 40 exhibitors from all over the Highlands of Scotland, there are a wide range of crafts, including silversmiths and jewellers; felters, knitters and other textile artists; pottery, woodwork, glassware, sculpture, miniaturists and many others.  Items range from little purses or vintage style collectible toys up to sculptures and furniture crafted from whisky barrels and with price ranges to suit every budget.

HareThis new event will be on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July from 10am until 5pm daily.  Entrance into the Meet the Makers Exhibition is free.  Eden Court is close to Inverness city centre, has ample parking and a friendly restaurant for those in need of refreshment.

Isabel Stewart, the woman behind Exclusively Highlands says “Visitors love speaking to the people who’ve actually made the items they are selling.     Members of Exclusively Highlands are extremely knowledgeable about their field of work and this gives them a chance to share that knowledge and enthusiasm with the public.”

Exclusively Highlands showcases quality wares by Highland artisans in beautiful venues around Scotland.  With a membership of over 70 artists and crafters – a  testament to the strength of their Eden Court Theatreevents and brand and an ever-growing reputation for the finest Arts, Crafts and Foods in the Highlands.  All the goods are hand crafted in the Highlands of Scotland and are carefully chosen for their unique and excellent quality. Group members make a diverse range of goods including handbags, bodices, millinery, jewellery, knitwear, soaps, paper and silk crafts, glass art, wood and ceramic sculpture, photography, pottery and furniture. There are also a whole range of food items such as preserves and sauces, baking and chocolates.  Members travel from all corners of the Highlands to bring their arts, crafts and foods to these events.   Prices range from a few pounds upwards so visitors can find something special whatever their budget.

Last year was the busiest on record for Exclusively Highlands with craft fairs across the Highlands. Isabel Stewart concluded ‘It is clear that there is a huge demand for unique and bespoke craftwork providing it is top quality and it is that that has been the secret of our success. I fully anticipate that this event will prove to be hugely popular.’

From 07/07/2012 To: 08/07/2012  10:00 – 17:00

Melanie McKay
Member of Exclusively Highlands
www.exclusivelyhighlands.co.uk
01463 250127
[email protected]


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