SHETLAND Arts presents the Summer Showcases at Bonhoga - four exciting exhibitions of contemporary craft made in Shetland and further afield. Running from the 19th May – 1st October, the exhibitions feature ceramics, jewellery, papercuts, woodwork, textiles, glass and basketry.

The first exhibition runs from the 19th May - 18th June and includes: Aamos Designs; The Pottery, North Roe; Lois Walpole and Karlin Anderson. Browse and buy beautiful items, including; homeware, textiles and jewellery.

“There are interesting Shetland connections through all the craftmakers' work in the first group of the Summer Showcases. Karlin Anderson's Oppenwark collection draws inspiration from Shetland lace, which is also a big influence on Sharon McGeady's (The Pottery, North Roe) ceramics. Sharon explores the historical use of materials in Shetland and incorporates dried grasses through her ceramics. Lois Walpole is using traditional basketry techniques with unexpected materials like plastic and other found materials from Shetland beaches. Emma Geddes’ (Aamos Designs) weaving patterns are inspired by traditional Fair Isle knitting.” - Ruth Oliver - Creative Project Programmer - Curated Retail & Exhibitions

Artist Biographies

Aamos Designs (Emma Geddes)

Aamos Designs is a unique and talented textile design company, who specialise in contemporary woven textiles, owned by designer Emma Geddes, a 2006 graduate of the Glasgow School of Art. Emma is based in Shetland, she works from an energetic studio at her home in Burra. She is motivated to design original woven textiles, honouring traditional techniques, updating them to create unique and luxurious hand woven fabrics, for fashion and interiors.

The Pottery, North Roe (Sharon McGeady)

Sharon McGeady is a ceramicist based in North Roe. Her pieces are hand built using templates and textures taken from items found in and around the croft.  Different textures are rolled into the iron bearing clay to bring the work alive; lace knitting, cloth and wallpaper as well as rope from a homemade keeshie.  The pieces are fired to stoneware temperatures giving them strength and durability. 

Lois Walpole

Lois is an artist basket maker, trained in both fine art and the craft of basket making. She uses materials which she finds in her surroundings such as ropes, plastic and pieces of ceramic found on beaches, and combines them to make one-ofa-kind baskets. Her baskets featured in a touring show called Weaving Ghosts, which began at the Shetland Museum & Archives and travelled to various venues in Norway and Britain.

Karlin Anderson

Karlin returned home to Shetland in 2019 after working as a jewellery designer and maker in Glasgow and London for over 20 years. She is inspired by the stories of the people she creates pieces for, and by the rugged, beautiful landscape and rich, distinctive culture of Shetland. Karlin believes that jewellery is about memories, occasions and wonderful moments in life – her Oppenwark collection is inspired by the delicate strength of Shetland fine lace knitting and the women who create it.

The exhibition can be viewed during Bonhoga Gallery opening hours of 10:30 - 4:30, Wednesday – Sunday.

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