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Highlands and Islands makers get set to impress at CRAFT London

06 January 2014

With only a few days to go until the prestigious new Trade Show, CRAFT, seven top designer makers from throughout the Highlands and Islands are making their final preparations for the show.

CRAFT is a dedicated space celebrating the handmade as part of Home and Top Drawer, the highly successful homeware, interiors and gift shows, all three events are taking place at Earls Court, London from the 12th - 14th January 2014.

Exhibiting at the show on Emergents’ two stands (CC25 and CC26) are Black Isle silversmith Eileen Gatt, jeweller Gilly Langton from Plockton, Ullapool Jewellery Designer Merlin Planterose , fashion designer Annette Sopata (Diggory Brown) from the Outer Hebrides, Ardersier based Ceramicist Julia Smith, Tain glass studio Glasstorm and textiles designer Julie Williamson from Shetland.

Jeweller and silversmith Eileen Gatt who is based in the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands is inspired by her location which also provides her with the perfect environment in which to work as she is inspired by the mystical interaction between man and the sea. The beautiful frosty finishes that adorn her work echo the cool wintery landscapes.

Eileen’s new ‘Silver Darling collection’ is a range aimed at the high end of the children’s giftware market. The pieces are unique and enchanting, every piece telling a story, making them the perfect gift to commemorate any special occasion, timeless keepsakes that will be cherished for years to come.

Shetland based textile designer Julie Williamson is also showing a new range of 'Fair Isle Shetland Pony’ textiles range which has been inspired by the TV advert with ‘Socks’ the moonwalking pony along with drawings of her own Shetland pony.

Emergents, through funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, is providing this opportunity for these designer makers as an integral part of their training and showcasing programme and are supporting this group of makers through marketing, training, promotion and stand costs.

This is a unique opportunity for the makers to meet a wide audience of national and international buyers from high street retailers, museum and galleries and to raise the profile and highlight the wonderful work being created in the Highlands and Islands.

Find out more about the event at

Please note that these are Trade only events, trade buyers can register at the above website.

About Emergents 

Emergents Community Interest Company provide training, mentoring, showcasing and career development to the fashion, craft, textiles, publishing and writing sectors in the Highlands and Islands through funding from HIE Trade Networks and Creative Scotland Talent Incubators. Find out more at

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