The 2023 Summer Showcases at Bonhoga are four exciting exhibitions of contemporary craft made in Shetland and further afield. Running for five weeks at a time, the showcases will run until Sunday 1st October. The exhibitions feature ceramics, jewellery, papercuts, woodwork, textiles, glass and basketry.
There are two further showcases to come - Summer Showcase: Three will run from Wednesday 26 July – Sunday 27 August and Summer Showcase: Four will run from Wednesday 30 August – Sunday 1 October.
Gilly B’s work is about Shetland and Scandinavian landscapes, past and present traditions, islands and the sea. She creates her designs usually in bold paper cuts and colourful collage. She works in a variety of different mediums including paint, collage, paper cut and shadow box and has experimented with drawings and embroidery on old sail cloth.
We also have two workshops coming up soon with Gilly B:
Hilary Grant and Robert Harvey have a textile design studio based in Orkney. They specialise in knitted pattern, working with textiles made in Scotland from a luxury grade, cruelty-free 100% lambswool. Their pieces are knitted on state of the art knitting machines, and hand finished by traditional methods, to the same impeccable standard for which Scottish knitwear is known worldwide.
Paparwark Furniture was founded by Cecil Tait in 2003. Cecil is renowned for the quality of his craftsmanship and innovative use of traditional techniques. He has developed an exciting range of furniture which can be modified to customers' requirements. Working very closely with clients he creates unique, bespoke furniture to exact specifications.
Mike’s jewellery often features authentic Fair Isle patterns etched into silver or found objects including beach pottery and sea glass from Shetland. He also incorporates Baltic amber sourced from workers on east Europeans factory ships in Lerwick in the 1980’s and other materials picked up on his travels in the Middle East. His sculptures combine beaten copper whales and fish with the salvaged remains of a decaying boat roofed shed
The exhibition can be viewed during Bonhoga Gallery opening hours of 10:30 - 4:30, Wednesday – Sunday.