Emergents at Select Showcase

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The Highlands and Islands are recognised as an area that truly values the nurturing of creative talent and we are home to some of the most outstanding and successful creative businesses.

Emergents is a community interest company that supports and develop this talent, from emerging to well established businesses working in craft, fashion and textiles.

Our Cr&FT platform showcases the work of designers from throughout the region and this October we are exhibiting the work of 4 Highlands and Islands designer/makers at the Select Showcase (presented by SITselect) in Cheltenham which is taking place from 23 – 25 October 2015.

Emma Noble, Chloë Windle and Rae Anne Sutherland have all participated in the Emergents’ Making Progress for New Start Ups programme and Catherine MacGreur has just taken part in the Crafts Council’s Hothouse 5 programme.

Below is information about each of the designers who are taking part in this event.

You can find out more about the Select Showcase event here: http://sitselect.org/showcase/index.html


Emma Noble offers a collection of luxurious wearable accessory pieces featuring her own unique textile designs. Working from her studio in the Scottish Highlands, Emma uses traditional processes in combination with her contemporary designs to create a range of bespoke silk scarves and bow ties. Each accessory is hand dyed and individually screenprinted to create truly one-off pieces of wearable art which can be tied/wrapped to show off the printed detail in a variety of ways.



Ceirsle Design Studio is an embroidery and textile design studio based in the Scottish Highlands.

Merging fine art and contemporary craft, illustrator and textile designer Chloë Windle creates embroidered, embellishments and printed textile designs for the fashion industry.

Inspired by materials, textures, patterns and the tactile nature of fabrics, traditional techniques like hand embroidery are reinvented to create beautiful and contemporary textile designs. Passionate about sustainable fashion and sourcing vintage textiles, they provide inspiration and form the foundations for unique collections. A custom design service is also available.




Rae Anne is a textile designer living in the Scottish Highlands who creates vibrant printed textiles which are inspired by her surroundings. Her use of contrasting colours used in each layer shows off the organic shapes and intricate detail of each of the designs. All prints are highly decorative and used to make cushions and lamp shades that will make a statement in the home.




Catherine MacGruer is a knitted textiles designer creating bold and heavily patterned knitted merino products for both body and home, inspired by the diverse styles within tile mosaics and patterns discovered whilst travelling.

Balancing of both craft methods and new technologies plays a crucial role in the construct of the contemporary textiles.

Each design is initially evolved by hand, collaging fragmented shapes, experimenting with colour and composition. The designs are then transposed into knitted home and accessory products using advanced digital knit techniques.

The textiles are manufactured in small numbers in the UK.  It is important to keep production in the UK and have a close working relationship with our small manufacturer in Leicester, all products are then sent to Catherine’s studio in Inverness where they are finished by hand. They are made with 100% super fine Merino wool giving them a luxurious feel, made to last and be treasured.

Catherine graduated with a degree in Textile design from The Glasgow School of Art and since then has participated in the crafts council Hothouse programme for emerging makers and won the New Design Britain award for her fabrics.




The work of XpoNorth Crafts, Fashion and Textiles through Emergents is funded by HIE (through European ERDF funds) and is a key part of HIE’s support strategy for the creative industries in the Highlands and Islands.