Inspired by Shetland’s dramatic scenery, heritage and culture, Shetland Arts and Crafts producers offer a unique range of woodcraft, knitwear and textiles, fancy goods, fashion and home accessories, gifts, and fine art, The diverse collection ranges from the islands’ traditional designs of knitwear and woodcrafts, which have been handed down through generations, to the more modern and highly original designs and craft items.
Take a moment to browse through the products of our uniquely gifted craft makers
Shetland Arts and Crafts aim to encourage the highest standards of design, workmanship, packaging and production.
Full members of the Association must demonstrate an original approach to the styling of the artefact, a thorough understanding and mastery of the materials they are using, consideration to the presentation of the product to enhance and protect it, and must maintain consistency of quality throughout.
To ensure consistent quality all members are regularly assessed by the Shetland College, under a scheme administered by local Government.
Many members use swing tags or stickers carrying the Shetland Arts and Crafts logo, showing they have successfully passed quality assessment.
Shetland Arts & Crafts Association Craft Trail 2014. More craftspeople, artists and related shops and outlets than ever are participating in opening their workshops or studios – sometimes purpose built and professional; sometimes just a corner of a house – to visitors.
The current strength of the art and craft sector is reflected in the number and variety of participants. Wendy Inkster, secretary of the Association said:
“We have members from Fair Isle to Unst , from Sandness to Whalsay, with crafts ranging from to traditional knitwear to innovative designs in textiles, wood, glass and pottery; as well as some truly original artwork.”
“Many Shetland crafts can only be seen at events like the Clickimin Craft Show (which we also organise) so this is a great opportunity for manufacturers to sell to visitors and Shetlanders alike, and for customers a chance to buy genuine Shetland produce throughout the year.”
“A strong and growing industry has been hidden away from view for too long”.
Despite the name, there is no set route to follow – concentrate on one geographical area, if you like, or on one type of work (knitwear or art, maybe) or just wander at random. The Craft Trail is the perfect excuse to “go for a run”; wherever you go you’ll find great variety and interest – in fact there are only two certainties; quality products, and a warm welcome.