We caught up with artists and makers who have been developing products for Refresh Now Retail. Some of the finished products will be commissioned for a limited edition range to be sold at Bonhoga, Mareel, and Sumburgh Airport.
I am a graphic designer and photo collage artist. I like to cut and paste different images together digitally and also in paper sketchbooks. I've always loved surrealist works of art and design. Collage is a great form of expression and a chance to craft new and interesting compositions.
Chris Dyer runs Garths Croft Bressay, a family-friendly sustainable agricultural holding inspired by native and heritage breeds of sheep, pig and poultry. Chris's vibrant photographs of the animals and land allow people all over the world a glimpse of life on the croft.
Having lived nowhere else than Shetland, always surrounded by the ocean, it has been a constant inspiration to my art practice. With an affinity to a blue colour pallet, it is natural for me to represent the sea in my artwork, in a variety of ways. Including snorkelling, creating beach find jewellery, photo prints and seascape resin art.
My practice evolved to include three main elements:-
I express myself through making textile art, designing knitting patterns, running online knitting classes and designing and making jewellery.
I am inspired by life in Shetland, past and present. I aspire to push boundaries by developing and exploring new techniques and materials.
I'm Donna, a self taught polymer clay artist specialising in caricature bobble heads. I've been making my 'mootie me' figurines for over 7 years. I started using clay about 15 years ago as part of a Young Engerprise group, we made and sold little clay trows, and I've I've hooked on sculpting ever since.
I'm inspired by anyone who dares to be different in a world where we are encouraged to fit in.
Jenny Sturgeon founded Ink and Wool Studio in 2017, and makes limited edition and open edition lino-prints inspired by nature and landscape. Ink and Wool products also include digitally printed cards, recycled cotton jewellery, screenprinted t-shirts and printed wooden postcards.
I am a mum of 7, and wife to a long suffering Mr Guinivere's. I have a very busy house, with children and animals galore. I care deeply about the environment, and about ensuring equality within the fashion business. I always strive to ensure my range of clothing is fully inclusive, and if I discover a need for something new, then I always put my heart and soul into designing a product to fill that need.
Julie Williamson is a print designer. When studying away from home Julie found drawing images and creating designs relating to her home in Shetland a way to ease her homesickness. Each hand illustration has its own unique nostalgic memory or story to be shared.