Shetland has a thriving craft industry and visitors will have the chance to browse through the numerous stalls and buy traditional and contemporary knitwear and textiles, pottery, glassware, leatherwork, furniture, jewellery and photography.
Visitors will have the opportunity to chat with the craft makers and see demonstrations of furniture making and pottery work.
In addition to the craftwork, visitors will be able to sample and buy a selection of soft and hard cheeses from one of our local cheese makers along with tasty oatcakes and other bakery goods.
The Shetland Showcase will be located along Alexandra Wharf and will open from 11am daily.
Aamos Designs is a unique and talented textile design company, who specialise in contemporary woven textiles started by textile designer Emma Blain after graduating from Glasgow School of Art. Aamos Designs is well known for playful but confident use of colour, and contemporary use of time-honoured woven structures to create beautiful scarves, shawls and accessories.
Cheerful and contemporary knits in cosy wools, drawing on elements of traditional Shetland textiles to create new colourful useable pieces and home accessories.
Artisan Island Cheese
Artisan Island Cheese produce a range of delicious home-made cheeses, using the finest Shetland dairy herd and goats milk from Fair Isle. Try the Birls soft cheese spun with flavours including beremeal, black pepper, garden herbs and Bod Ayre’s edible seaweeds. Peerie Isles are an established favourite, as is our semi-hard house cheese Boorik. We also have a range of more mature cheeses. Our small batch production ensures each one is unique. A must-see stall for any cheese appreciator at the Tall Ships Race.
Austin Taylor Photography
Austin Taylor creates stunning photographs of wildlife, viewpoints and events from around Shetland and these are available as prints or licensed. His images reflect Austin’s lifelong fascination with all aspects of the natural environment, as well as his interest in photographing people and events. Austin says that ‘Shetland is a fantastic place to take pictures with landscape and wildlife as fine as anywhere matched by a constantly changing light to add atmosphere’. Take time to view some of the landscape, wildlife and nighttime drama he has captured.
Barbara Isbister Knitwear
Traditional and modern Fair Isle designs including hoodies, jumpers and cardigans. Also order taken for your own requirements.
The original Shetland teddy bear, established 1997. Delightful, collectable bears handmade in the Shetland island of Burra and produced from recycled traditional Fair Isle knitwear, recycled commercial Fair Isle waste and Shetland tweed. Each bear comes with his own name and personality, making them as individual and unique as we are!
Cheryl Jamieson of Glansin Glass designs and hand makes fused glassware at her studio in Unst. A very proud Shetlander, she is inspired by her stunning homeland which is reflected in her unique jewellery and art pieces.
Jeanette Nowak is an artist/maker based on the island of Yell, producing unique baskets from Shetland plants; handmade jewellery from repurposed, beach found sea glass and pottery shards; and original paintings, cards and collages – all influenced by Shetland’s wild and beautiful landscape.
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The best in the world? It’s a big claim, but one Journeyman Leather can at least try and justify. Here in Shetland Journeyman Leather makes belts and bags, saddlery and tack of quality to rival any in the world. Everything they make is of the best materials – genuine bridle leather, solid brass, stainless steel and pewter fittings – all put together using age-old saddlery skills. No fashion, no form over function, no compromise. Just solid, well-made items to do a job, and to do it for a very long time.
Knitwear with attitude! Innovative, striking knitwear and accessories designed and made in Shetland. Vibrant colours and scrumptious textures are transformed into flattering, simple styles for all ages. Visit us at the Shetland Showcase or the Nielanell Design Studio in Hoswick, Sandwick where you will find an exciting, highly original collection of unique, contemporary Shetland ‘Art Wear’. Indulge yourself with the most unusual knitwear which you will wear forever more.
Ninian is a locally owned and operated knitwear designer business run by Joanna Hunter. Joanna offers a wide variety of contemporary Shetland knitwear which is inspired by vintage Fair Isle and lace designs from her own family history as well as from Shetland’s own past. Her current collections include the original Funky Fair Isle designs and a new vintage Fair Isle range and range of textured accessories.
Paparwark Furniture specialises in designing and manufacturing quality furniture from hardwoods and veneers, providing a service for clients who envision unique furniture for their living environment. By working closely with clients, their requirements are transformed and refined into quality-finished products. Inspired by the culture and natural surroundings in Shetland, client’s individual interests and hobbies are also used in the design process creating personalised items. Innovative uses of traditional techniques are needed to make the more complex design shapes. The products are polished with oil which subtly enhances the natural warmth and depth of the timbers.
Shana is a company consisting of two friends working from home. Their goods are made from 100% Shetland wool, incorporating traditional Fair Isle patterns. They are extremely passionate about Shetland’s knitting heritage and are keen to keep it alive and kicking by designing Fair Isle goods with a modern twist.
Shetland Handspun uses old established spinning and knitting skills to produce yarns and garments from soft handpicked Shetland fleece. The handspun yarns are available in the natural colours and a variety of naturally dyed colours. These luxurious yarns are knitted in traditional or contemporary items. Choose from smaller accessories such as mitts, hats and scarves, or treat yourself to an individually designed garment.
Silver and Gold jewellery made in Weisdale, Shetland. Designs include Celtic, Norse and Shetland wildlife together with a special range of Tall Ships jewellery.
Skibhoul Bakery in Unst produces bread, traditional island sweet and savoury biscuits, and award winning (Waitrose/Country Living Made in Britain 2008 finalist) oceanic oatcakes – wheat-free, additive-free and Vegetarian Society approved. These seawater oatcakes are mentioned in Lonely Planets Best in Travel 2011 as one of the good things to eat in Shetland.
Over the last thirty years Smirk has become well known for charting Shetland life in the form of cartoons and caricatures in the weekly newspaper ‘The Shetland Times’. Local cartoonist Smirk offers you an opportunity to buy and own your own Smirk. He offers a large range of framed and unframed pictures, a comprehensive range of souvenirs and examples of his seascape watercolours. A Smirk’s not just for Christmas, it’s for a wall!
Vidlin Pottery produces wheel thrown stoneware and porcelain ceramics. Clay and glazes are formulated and made in Vidlin by John Jacobs. Each piece is unique and signed by the artist.