Crafts & Company are delighted to be collaborating with Brodick Castle this summer to put on a Makers’ festival to celebrate all things handmade on the island. The festival runs over three days and is aimed at locals and visitors. The focus is participatory with workshops for adults and children taking centre stage. There are four workshop slots each day with multiple options running in each slot. Workshops include sewing, knitting, nature crafts, working with clay, working with paint, jewellery making and much more. Each workshop lasts a maximum of an hour and you will have something to take away with you.
As well as the workshops we have a Makers’ Exhibition inside the castle. The theme is work inspired by the castle and/or the gardens and there will be a range of media included. The theme running through the whole festival is sustainability so we have asked every maker to think about their practice and make it as sustainable as possible.
We have a range of makers giving talks and demonstrations about their practice over the three days. We will also be welcoming a range of makers to sell their handmade work. Continuing the theme of sustainability we have a number of Arran based environmental charities joining us for the three days to include COAST, Eco Savvy and the Land Initiative. We also have Simon, the author of the Arran Green Map, with us so that we can talk to him about this fabulous and much needed project. Rumour has it there will also be some live music on one or more of the days.
This is our very first Makers’ Festival on the island and we do hope you will pop along and join in the adventure. Normal castle entrance fees apply over the festival but many of the workshops are free. Where there is a charge it is nominal just to cover the makers cost of materials. People from all over the island are working so hard to make this first event a success and there is a real and lasting community spirit in all the preparations. Now all we need is the weather to be kind to us.
See you there. X
Check out our event schedule for 2018 on our Events Page – share with Arran friends who love to craft.
We will also be starting a new crafting for charity project very soon. Further updates in the next few weeks. xx
It has been an incredible year for Crafts and Company, In the spring 2 became 7 as a collective was formed to take the project forward. It had become too big for 2 people to run and Coral & Fiona were delighted at the offers of help.
Since then the project has gone from strength to strength and a full review will close the year as well as begin to map the new year ahead. However, we have one more event this year and we hope it will be the best yet.
On Saturday 11th November in Whiting Bay hall 11-3pm we are hosting our very first Christmas Craft Fayre. We have over 20 stallholders booked all offering wonderful handcrafted gifts. Every stall with have a ‘Deal of the Day’ to attract the keen eye of the ‘Early Bird’ Christmas shopper.
We are having a pop up Christmas tearoom with lots of yummy treats just to allow for that wee pre-season treat that we all probably need at this time of year.
There will also be a Crafty Tombola where you can try and win some craft materials perfect for your next creative project.
There will be a chance to get involved with our current charity campaign stitching for Disability Africa.
This is an opportunity for the islanders to come and support handmade on Arran at its very best. This is our chance to say thank you to all who have supported the project in 2017. People often ask us ‘did you get a grant to set up Crafts and company ‘ or do you have an employed coordinator. The answer to both of those is NO. We are all volunteers doing our very best to make Arran a ‘Crafty wee island’ …….. as well it should be. xx
At Crafts & Company we have worked with a whole range of charities. Our current campaign is called Project Friendship Quilt and it is for Disability Africa.
The idea is that, together, we are working on contemporary lap quilts. Each member of the project purchases a simple embroidery pack from our online store HERE. They then stitch their wee square – we have included a basic stitch guide and full instructions.
When you have completed the square you send it back to us – deadlines are in the pack.
We then stitch them altogether to make as many contemporary lap quilts as possible to auction sometime in the spring.
The packs cost £6 and of this £5 goes to the charity.
We need all the support we can get so if you are interested go to our ONLINE STORE – HERE and find out more. Project Friendship Quilt is suitable for all levels of experience.
Thank you. xx
September is absolutely the time to learn a new skill, have fun and meet new people. Join us for these events – you would be so welcome. xx
Tuesday 12th September 10-12pm Lesser hall, Whiting Bay
£6 to include all materials and refreshments
Tuesday 19th September 11-3pm Arran Crafts Fayre 11-3pm Whiting Bay hall
Over 20 stallholders, crafting demonstrations, paper folding workshop and fabulous tearoom.
Tuesday 26th September 10-1pm BRAND NEW CRAFT CLINIC
Drop in skills workshops. Come in and learn a new skill or more?
Workshops in –
Introduction to corchet
Free motion machine embroidery
Wire wrapping in jewellery making
£5 for one workshop or £10 for as many as you like – to include all materials and refreshments.
Find out all about our brand new crafting for charity campaign with Disability Africa – Project Friendship Quilt