The Craft Fair happens every year in November and it has been really successful over the years and it just keeps growing and growing. It gives you that opportunity to promote Shetland crafts and to show it as a part of Shetlands identity. Shetland is an incredibly inspiring beautiful place with lots of people that are creating paintings and textiles and jewellery inspired by the Shetland landscape. It’s a really good place to sell goods and it’s good to see what everybody else is doing as well. There is so much craft in Shetland and so many talented people doing lots of
interesting things. There’s a huge amount of folk that are creative here, and the quality as well. The amount of effort folk put in to even how they display their work is really professional. Shetland has a heritage of creativity, there’s a kind of independence to Shetland, which means people in Shetland are used to trying new things. Some of the people & exhibitors here will
have an online presence which is great, they can sell their stuff all over the
world. A lot of a it goes to America, some to Canada, Japan. I’ve had an order recently from Bermuda, so it’s really going everywhere and it’s quite amazing to see where it’s all going. Everyone has come together to show what they can do and it feels like this supportive, safe space. You’ve got some really big established makers here that are exporting globally and then you’ve got people like me that come out once a year for the Craft Fair with what I’ve been
making away at over the year. We wondered just how much income does this take in, so we did a survey. We thought it was about £250,000 over the weekend. That’s pretty fantastic. I do sell online, and I do sell to local shops and do different events through the country but the Craft Fair is the highlight of my year. It’s what I work towards. It’s the one day on the calendar you’ve
got there, and it’s not changing.