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salute our crafty scots
Indies and creatives from all over the UK showcase their imaginative makes and gift ideas on the weekend Twitter marketplace #UKGiftAM.
But we thought we’d break it down a little with occasional region-by-region looks at some of the splendid artists and designers who regularly grace us with their talent.
Starting here with Scotland – which, as we all know, is more of a magnificent dominion than a region (can you tell we’re based in Glasgow - Ed).
Of course, there are many, many more gifted artisans than those featured here. But you can rest assured, we’ll be back at the end of our round-UK tour to start a new cycle with them.
It’s going to be a bit like painting the Forth Road Bridge. . .
Clockwise (from top left):
No round-up of Scottish craft or guile would be complete without the inclusion of west coast jewellery designers ArgyllSeaGlass who ‘rescue mermaid’s tears and transform them into beautiful seaglass jewellery like this frosted aqua necklace and earring set
Puffin painting from Edinburgh artist and designer Morvenna – in this case, transformed into a pack of five greeting cards. Her ‘unique Scottish artwork for distinctive living’ also embraces original art, prints and homeware and accessories
Aquamarine pebble stack jewellery from Glasgow jewellery designer Chalso Jewellery Semi-precious stones, Swarovski, crystal and Sterling silver all feature imaginatively in her designs
Scottish thistle art from Glasgow artist Amazingraceart – one of the many vivid Caledonian visions she bestows upon wildflowers; forest, lake and sea scenes (sometimes with their angel or fairy inhabitants) and, of course, Heiland coos
Single pink tulip seaglass artwork from Fife beach-find artist and potter Fifeseaglass Wave upon wave of cute images in all sizes of frames, also available as cards
Seascape by Ayrshire landscape and abstract artist Rose Anson Rose builds and layers directly onto canvas until she captures the moods and emotions she feels are right. Commissions make up a lot of her work
Celtic hip flask handcrafted in Scotland from polymer clay - Lothian designer Bedecked Beads also fashions the modelling clay into stunning classic and contemporary brooches, necklaces, bracelets and pendants
Kitsch pins and cards from colourful Edinburgh illustrator and pun-peddler Lady Kerry
Centre - Salad bowls from Highland ceramic artist Mudness Ceramics - just one example from a range of richly-coloured and exquisite collections of mugs, plates, yarn bowls and objets d’art
If you like to spend weekends in fun and supportive company, join us for #UKGiftAM on Twitter every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-noon – whatever part of the UK you’re from!
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