Orkney-based designer Kirsteen Stewart is a visual communicator of extraordinary talent who, since May, has been helping up source and display the work of local craftspeople in our Albert Street store to bring a beautifully nuanced interpretation of our island culture vividly to life for visitors. Now we’re delighted to be able to sell a carefully curated collection of arts and crafts too.
As a fashion designer, Kirsteen brings creativity and colour into everyday life through her joyful collections, which feature vibrant print designs, bold graphics and a vivid spectrum of colour. Orkney’s dramatic open skies, ragged coastlines and endlessly moving seascapes infuse Kirsteen’s work as she confidently plays with scale, texture and motion. Our Albert Street collection includes her Nimbus Weekender Bag (£90), Nimbus Silk Scarf (£65) and Glaze Tote Bag (£60).
Ann is a self-taught knitter, maker and creative gardener based in Tankerness, Orkney. She has a passion for bright atmospheric colour combinations, inspired by the world around her, and works on new designs and bespoke creations for customers around the world. We’re delighted to stock her Long Loop Scarf (£46) and Mitts (£30), both handmade from Scottish lambswool.
Fiona Mitchell of Castaway Crafts makes creative use of the versatility and endless colours and patterns of world-renowned Harris Tweed to design and produce quality garments, gifts and accessories in Orkney, from cloth hand-woven in the Outer Hebrides. You’ll find her tweed bags, purses and homeware in Albert Street, with prices ranging from £20 - £90.
Born and brought up in Orkney, Christine is a local artist, constantly inspired by the colours, textures and unique light in our islands. Christine always carries a drawing pad and pen and, over the years, has filled a great many sketchbooks with drawings, photos and written memories. She has exhibited her work at The Pier, The Waterfront and The Loft and now we’re delighted to be holding an exhibition of her work throughout February, with paintings and drawings priced from £150 - £350.
Billy is something of a legend in Orkney! As well as being a favourite musician and story-teller he also makes stools, largely from recycled Oregon pine and hardwood. Ideal as an extra seat or even a small table for your cup of tea, a selection of Billy’s reclaimed wood stools are now available from our Albert Street store, ranging in price from £40 - £90.
North Ronaldsay Sheepskin
North Ronaldsay is the northernmost island in the Orkney archipelago and this ancient breed of sheep – small, hardy and short-tailed – is managed here under a communal shepherding system. One of the world’s oldest and rarest breeds, the sheep are confined to the seashore by a drystone dyke encircling the island and, over the years, they’ve adapted to survive on a diet of seaweed. You can buy a genuine North Ronaldsay Sheepskin from our Albert Street store for around £110.