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Craft Scotland Summer Show makes waves in Edinburgh

Craft Scotland Summer Shiw

Photo: Susan Castillo

The Craft Scotland Summer Show is a firm fixture on the Scottish craft calendar. Their annual selling exhibition showcases contemporary, design-led craft throughout August, all housed in a unique location - the second floor of White Stuff, George Street, Edinburgh.

Taking place against the bustling backdrop of the Edinburgh Festival, the show offers visitors a chance to shop a carefully curated selection of distinctive homewares, handcrafted textiles, design-led jewellery and considered furniture. We spoke to makers Flora Collingwood-Norris and Joanne Thompson about their work.

Craft Scotland are one of Creative Scotland's Regularly Funded Organisations.

Craft Scotland Summer Show 2017 from Creative Scotland on Vimeo.

Read more: Here, a selection of other Summer Show makers talk about their favourite pieces they have made for the show, and what makes them extra-special.

Aubeebop Jewellery (Aberdeen)


Aubin Stewart of Aubeebop Jewellery is a jewellery designer/maker practising from her studio workshop in Aberdeen. Aubin’s design process is experimental, playful and similar to collage, with strong influences from her time working in the antique jewellery trade. Traditional silversmithing techniques are employed along with digital laser printing methods on materials such as wood and acrylic.

Aubin on her favourite piece: "My Agatha Ring is definitely my favourite. It’s a ring featuring a large white cultured pearl set into a silver beaded bezel setting with a beaded detail surround.

It’s important to me to make jewellery which I think is beautiful, wearable and that I would proudly wear myself. I absolutely love pearls and much of my design inspiration harks back to the past. To me, this design captures these elements perfectly which is why it’s my favourite and it’s why I wear mine every day.”

Helen Ruth Scarves (Aberdeen)

Helen Ruth

Helen Greensmith is a printed textile designer, trained at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen with an emphasis on digital printing. She started her luxury scarf label Helen Ruth Scarves in early 2010, specialising in high-quality printed silk and wool scarves. It has always been important to Helen to keep her production local and ethical. All her printing is carried out in Glasgow, and she does the hand-finishing herself.

Helen on her favourite piece: “The Rainy Day scarf. It's looking into a pond and seeing all the creatures and life cycles going on. Tadpoles becoming frogs and leaping across lily pads, water snails in the reeds, and blossoming water lilies. It's a celebration of Scottish summer weather, and makes me think of childhood summer days out spent at the park pond dipping with a bandy net. No matter the weather is was always fun to be out discovering new things and getting wet was part of the experience!”

The Cloud Pottery (Peterculter)

Craft Scotland Pottery

Juliet Macleod of The Cloud Potter makes wheel-thrown stoneware and porcelain pottery for functional and decorative use. Self-taught, she uses time-honoured techniques of slip trailing, sgraffito and mishima, and is heavily influenced by the marine environment and its naturally occurring colours and patterns.

Juliet on her favourite piece: “Abstract Yunomi, it is a porcelain handle-less tea cup. Although they are a relatively simple piece to throw, each one is decorated differently. I use beachcombed ephemera for mark making through printing, scratching and impressing to make a narrative about particular beaches I have visited.”

BAKKA (Shetland)

Craft Scotland BAKKA

BAKKA is a new Fair Isle knitwear venture located at Bakka, Shetland; a remote peaceful croft surrounded by outstanding natural beauty. Run by Mary Macgregor, BAKKA aims to promote the tradition and heritage of Fair Isle knitwear, with one significant difference: instead of Shetland wool, the garments use 100% extra fine merino yarn. Her designs are inspired by the oldest garments in the Shetland and Edinburgh Museum collections.

Mary on her favourite piece: “One of my favourites in the collection is the wrist warmers VEBJ. This pattern was inspired by a garment which is held in the collections of the Shetland Museum and Archives. The wrist warmers have five large bands of pattern in the traditional four colours, separated by a small blue and white wave pattern. The introduction of this small pattern brightens up the overall effect. They are fully lined for warmth and comfort, and extremely cosy to wear on dreich summer days!”

Ruth Leslie (Edinburgh)

Ruth Leslie

Ruth Leslie is a recent Silversmithing and Jewellery graduate from The Glasgow School of Art, working in a variety of metals including silver, gold and titanium. She creates contemporary jewellery that is both inspired by the subtle details within fabrics, as well as the structural forms within textile machinery. Ruth finely twists wire by hand, which results in three-dimensional, playful forms that really are one-of-a-kind.

Ruth on her favourite piece: “Probably the Inkle neckpiece. A silver neckpiece made of lots of finely twisted wire attached to different sized jump-rings. I have only made it a handful of times, as it takes so long to make. But every time I make it, I feel it gets better and I get quicker! I believe it is very distinguishable as ‘my style’. It’s a proper statement piece.”

Visit the Summer Show

You can explore more of these makers’ work alongside 27 other talented Scottish makers at the Craft Scotland Summer Show. The makers and friendly Craft Scotland team will be on-hand to offer you guidance and talk you through the process and materials behind the work.

Friday 4- Sunday 27 August

Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat: 11am-6pm, Thurs 11am-7pm, Sun 12-5pm

White Stuff, 89 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES


Craft Scotland is the national development agency for craft. They put makers at the heart of all they do, championing diverse and high-quality contemporary craft. They help people learn about, appreciate and buy craft, promoting the contribution of craft to Scotland’s cultural, economic and social well-being. They are a registered charity supported by Creative Scotland. This event is also supported by White Stuff, The List, and Williams and Johnson Coffee.

This article was published on 09 Aug 2017