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Bonhoga Gallery is delighted to have launched exclusive ranges of textiles and graphic artwork from two talented Shetland designers, Joan Fraser and Monica Pothecary. Joan is exhibiting her very first collection of scarves and Monica a large range of Shetland greeting cards. Both are now on sale at the gallery.

Joan Fraser graduated with an MA in Art & Design at Gray's School of Art and has worked for a number of years at the University of Aberdeen, leading learning technology design projects. Returning to Shetland she studied knitwear design at Shetland College and is currently setting up her textile business and developing a range of accessories in lambswool, cashmere and Shetland wool. Fair Isle patterns influence her designs for the infinite variety of combinations. Her favourite patterns are the old fillers, such as ‘seeds’ and ‘peerie’s’ which were traditionally used between the rows of larger motifs.

Joan Scarf

Scarf by Joan Fraser

Monica Pothecary has been busy working on her own range of printed designs since graduating from the Shetland College with a BA in contemporary textiles last year. Her collection of cards is inspired by a collection of photographs taken over a number of years while riding her scooter around Shetland. She conveys a unique view of tradition with a fresh colour palette in a contemporary style combining hand drawing and digital techniques.

Monica Card

Card by Monica Pothecary

Angela Smith of Bonhoga Gallery said: ‘We are very excited about having the opportunity to launch the work of these two very talented designers and the response so far suggests they are going to do very well.”

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