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.
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