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Top Highlands and Islands makers to showcase their work at prestigious trade show in London

19 November 2013

Issued by Emergents who have been supported by HIE

Emergents is delighted to be participating in the prestigious new Trade Show, CRAFT, a dedicated space celebrating the handmade as part of Home and Top Drawer, the highly successful homeware, interiors and gift shows taking place at Earls Court from the 12th - 14th January 2014.

Emergents’ two stands will feature the work of seven top Highlands and Islands designer makers working in textiles, ceramics, glass, silver and jewellery.

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.

Two trainee places have been awarded to jeweller Merlin Planterose from Ullapool and interior textiles designer Julie Williamson from Shetland. These designers have not exhibited to trade before and Emergents believe that by being part of a group of experienced makers they will have an opportunity to learn from the wider group and Emergents’ training programme, delivered in partnership with The Design Trust (

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.

Taking part with Merlin and Julie are Black Isle silversmith, Eileen Gatt, jeweller Gilly Langton from Plockton, fashion designer, Netty Sopata (Diggory Brown) from the Outer Hebrides, Ardersier based Ceramicist Julia Smith and the Tain glass studio, Glasstorm.

Emergents Director of Craft, Fashion and Textiles, Pamela Conacher, says

'We are delighted to be showcasing the work of some of our top Highlands and Islands makers to the wider audience they deserve and alongside this opportunity, working with them to increase their skills and knowledge so they are equipped to deal with challenges faced in selling to trade in a highly competitive market.

The handmade is experiencing a huge revival and the Highlands and Islands have some of the most skilled and talented artisans whose work reflects our stunning landscape but through distance are at at disadvantage when reaching an international market.

We would like to thank Highlands and Islands Enterprise for providing the financial support to allow us to participate in the exciting new venture.'

Image enclosed: Love Bird Egg Cup and Spoon by Eileen Gatt (Photo Ewen Weatherspoon)

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.

Makers Exhibiting at CRAFT (Stands CC25 and CC26)

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