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Craft Showcase at XpoNorth 2017

Thu 8 June

Craft Showcase at XpoNorth 2017
SHIFT: a change of emphasise, direction or focus
8th June 2017 10am – 5pm, Eden Court, Inverness

Shift is a project that brings together a diverse group of 5 Highlands and Islands and 4 Icelandic designers and makers to talk, explore and inspire one another. Coming together first at DesignMarch 2017 in Reykjavik, the group are now showcasing their work at XpoNorth as well as participating in a panel discussion, ‘Exploring Icelandic markets’ and meeting up informally to exchange ideas and investigate one another’s location, environment, influences, skills, experience, materials and techniques.

Through discussion and experimentation each participant will consider how this has stimulated a shift in the emphasis, direction or focus of their practice. This project is a catalyst for fresh ideas, new approaches to creative production, making contact with new audiences and markets and fostering a deeper connection between cultures.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT HAND CORNER: Julia Smith, Hilary Grant, Guðný Hafsteinsdóttir, Arndís Jóhannsdóttir, Diggory Brown, Yellow Broom, Eileen Gatt, Doppelganger (Gudrun Larusdottir and Ragna Fróða), middle image: Agustav (Agusta Magnusdottir and Gustav Johannsson)

The exhibiting makers are:

Highlands and Islands


The showcase is curated by ilka North  – a collaborative creative practice of designers, visual artists, curators, writers and creative thinkers. Based in the Highlands of Scotland, they exist to interpret and facilitate diverse projects in the creative industries. www.ilkanorth.com

Further information: http://www.emergents.co.uk/shift-change-in-emphasis-direction-or-focus/

Designers Biogs

Netty Sopata, Designer/Owner, Diggory Brown
Diggory Brown was established on the Isle of Lewis as a bespoke kilt making business by Netty Sopata in 2008. Netty specialises in using locally woven cloth: Harris Tweed, Breanish Tweed and her own range of Zero Waste Tweeds (developed by Uist Wool) in her designs.


Eileen Gatt, Designer/Owner, Eileen Gatt
Jewellery designer Eileen Gatt graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee over 20 years ago, and then went on to do her Masters at London’s Royal College of Art. Eileen’s work is inspired by her home in the Highlands with its rich cultural heritage, exquisite wildlife and diverse landscapes.



Hilary Grant, Designer/Co-Owner, Hilary Grant
Hilary Grant is a knitwear studio and design partnership by Hilary Grant and Robert Harvey founded in 2011. Based on the remote archipelago of Orkney, they design knitwear and home accessories, which are sold in department stores and independent design stores in the UK, Japan, Hong Kong, US and Europe.



Julia Smith, Designer/Owner, Julia Smith Ceramics
Julia Smith creates contemporary pottery using traditional making methods combined with experimental glazed and printed surfaces. Her rustic illustrative style is applied across simple thrown and hand built forms. Her work is strongly influenced by her coastal location in the Scottish Highlands and often features windswept trees and manmade structures.


Yellow Broom – Designers/Owners – Clare Waddle and David Robson
Each separate Yellow Broom product is co designed and crafted by hand within the Cairngorms national park; valuing good craftsmanship and the design process they have created a collection of sustainable wooden lighting with a zero waste approach to making that is both utilitarian and aesthetically pleasing.

Designers/Owners – Agusta Magnus
dóttir & Gustav Johannsson
AGUSTAV is a furniture design and production company focusing on creating high-end furniture and aims at making pieces that can last lifetimes. At AGUSTAV the creation process centres on weighing out aesthetics and functionality. Product quality is assured by using carefully chosen, high quality materials that are skillfully crafted by furniture makers.

Arndís Jóhannsdóttir, Designer & Saddlesmith
Arndís Jóhannsdóttir lives & works in Reykjavik. She has worked with fish skin since 1984, making mostly bags, bowls and smaller products. Arndis has taken part in various exhibitions in Iceland and abroad including Nordic Cool 2004, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Transform Via Paris, Expo, Hannover 2000, and in Japan, Paris, Germany and Scandinavia.

Guðrún Larusdóttir and Ragna Fróða
Doppelganger collection is a co-lab of designers Guðrún Lárusdóttir and Ragna Fróða.  Their design is built on national heritage and traditional Icelandic textile patterns from the 17th and 18th centuries, using natural silk and merino yarn manufactured under environmental standards of oeko-tex® and bluesign®.  Focus is on classic design, endurance and aesthetics.

Guðný Hafsteinsdóttir, Ceramic Artist
Guðný Hafsteinsdóttir is a ceramic artist and her background is first and foremost Icelandic. Iceland has a great story-telling tradition and it shows in her works which are often characterised by story-telling features. In addition to her studies at the Icelandic School of Arts and Craft, Guðný has also studied and experienced ceramics in Denmark, Finland and Hungary.


We also have Sunneva Hafsteinsdóttir and Fjóla Guðmundsdóttir (of Crafts and Design in Iceland) attending XpoNorth and they will be taking part in our Scottish/Icelandic panel and showcase.

Sunneva Hafsteinsdóttir, General Manager Crafts and Design

Sunneva has been a general manager at Crafts and Design a government run project established in 1994 from 1999. In 2007 the project became private non-profit institution. The institution is operated with financial support from The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in Iceland.


Fjóla Guðmundsdóttir. Project Manager, Crafts and Design

Fjóla is a project manager at the non-profit institution Crafts and Design in Iceland.  Her main job is to administer the website and social media, publish the weekly newsletter and assist with event organisation.




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