New brochure marks 20 years of Orkney Craft Trail

Orkney Craft Trail brochure 2016, pictured in the studio of OCA member, artist Ingrid Grieve.

The Orkney Crafts Association has announced it will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Craft Trail by launching a special brochure at an event in Edinburgh.

The 20th anniversary edition of Orkney’s craft trail brochure, which highlights the workshops, studios and shops of local artisans, will be unveiled Wednesday April 20 at Scotland’s premier business-to-business travel trade event VisitScotland Expo.

The trail was set up by Orkney Crafts Association (OCA) in a bid to showcase the work of its members and give visitors the opportunity to see crafts being made first hand.

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Special roadside signposts mark the trail throughout Orkney, with the accompanying brochure acting as guidebook.

OCA chair Heather Croy, comments: “The original vision for the Orkney craft trail was to create an authentic and enjoyable experience that connected our crafts people with new and existing customers, while showing off some of our wonderful landscape in the process. Over the past 20 years the trail has become one of the most popular activities for visitors to the islands, but it’s also something that local people greatly enjoy.”

“Anyone following the trail is promised a real insight into Orkney’s tremendously diverse crafts industry,” adds OCA vice chair Michael Gardens, who is launching the brochure in Edinburgh. “Meeting individual makers, and talking to them about their work at source, undoubtedly adds a special quality to any purchases made and creates some great memories to take home. Our craftspeople also benefit from these interactions and love seeing the enjoyment visitors get from watching them work.”

Twenty-one businesses – covering everything from jewellery, ceramics and artwork, to textiles, tapestry and traditional Orkney chair making – are participating in this year’s trail.

The brochure, which is available widely throughout Orkney and downloadable from the OCA website, also contains details of a number of OCA crafts businesses not involved in this year’s trail.

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