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Shetland Arts and Crafts Association in collaboration with Shetland Arts present the Christmas Craft Fair in a different format for these different times..
Showcasing 21 makers over 10 weeks, the exhibition in Bonhoga allows households to book slots and browse the same high-quality local gifts as usually offered in the craft fair, but in a socially distanced setting. Entry to the exhibition is free but visits need to be booked below.
The exhibition runs from 15 October to 20 December and is open from Thursday to Sunday 11am – 4pm. Every fortnight there will be a new group of local makers and producers, the first session from 15 October – 25 October features Barbara Isbister knitwear, Julie Williamson Designs, Sarah Kay Arts and Avril Thomson-Smith.
Barbarba Isbister Knitwear focusses on traditional and modern Fair Isle sweaters, hoodies and jackets, Julie Williamson’s printed textiles are inspired by Shetland’s rich heritage and culture with peerie scenes mostly depicting fishing and crofting with fair isle patterns. Each design has a story or memory to be shared. Sarah Kay Arts specialises in painted Shetland scenes and special artworks and keepsakes from Shetland captured in resin, inspired by the sea and the sky. Avril Thomson-Smith’s recent collections have included paintings of abandoned yoals, old croft houses, wildlife and Shetland’s beautiful wildflowers.
Each ticket is for a 20 minute time slot and up to 6 people from a maxium of two households. Face coverings must be worn inside the building unless you are exempt or eating/drinking in the cafe.
Why not complete your visit with a trip to the cafe? Tables can be booked here