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Naked Craft at An Lanntair, Stornoway
Contemporary Craft from Canada and Scotland
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Naked Craft is an international exhibition of work by 22 contemporary, professional makers from Canada and Scotland.  It covers a broad spectrum of media including ceramic, glass, jewelllery, metalwork, textile and wood.  Makers from each country united to share, highlight and showcase the craft traditions and heritage which define their identities and cultures.

Like most places, craft making in the Islands grew primarily out of utility and necessity:  The need for baskets, blankets, furniture, creels, pots and clothes, often using indigenous available materials, from wool to willow.  The exhibition though, also shows how far craft has traveled from that principle.  Practice, process and product are constantly evolving, routinely challenged and sometimes the boundary between art and craft is neither relevant nor distinguishable.

To supplement, enhance and give an enhanced insight into contemporary craft, there is a comprehensive programme of workshops across a range of media teaching various techniques and leading-edge principle and practice.  This extends beyond the studio workshop to online promotion, practical pricing and the business of sales and making a living.

Find out more about a limited number of FREE spaces at these inspiring Naked Craft workshops for practicing H&Is craft makers and possibly Go & See support from Emergents/XpoNorth Crafts Fashion and Textiles here: (closing date for applications 15 April 2017).  

A focal point will be a Food and Craft festival featuring local makers, with a variety of stalls and activities.  The food aspect will cover foraging and also celebrate the global food culture available in Stornoway.  A world tour of cuisine presented by the town’s diverse communities.

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.

Below are details from the Naked Craft brochure: