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Top eight Instagram accounts to follow before the Craft Scotland Summer Show
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This August, the Craft Scotland Summer Show arrives at Edinburgh's White Stuff on George Street for an exhibition of contemporary design-led craft.Shop for stylish jewellery, graphic textiles and beautiful homeware and meet the makers behind the pieces. There's also a series of workshops delivered by Emiliy Millichip, CARVE and Object Company, where visitors to the show can unleash their inner maker and learn how to craft their own ring, make earrings, carve a wooden spoon and create Carmen Miranda-themed keychains. To help you navigate all the beautiful objects, we've selected eight craft Instagram accounts to check out ahead of the show.
1. Catherine Aitken
From her Leith-based studio, Catherine Aitken creates contemporary accessories from heritage cloths, such as Harris tweed, Scottish linens and waxed cottons. Think bags, purses, clutches and scarves for the urban adventurer.
HAME is a design and manufacture workshop combining traditional hand skills and modern technologies to produce beautiful and useful homeware that celebrates base materials. The account features the manufacturing process, finished products and Maisie the dog.
3. Emma McDowall
Think concrete is grey and dull? Not the concrete of Emma McDowall, who produces gloriously colorful concrete vessels and objects, with plant holders and pen pots to brighten up your desk, as well as unique clocks.
4. Lynne McLachlan
Glasgow-based Lynne, who has degrees in both aerospace engineering and jewellery design, uses digital technology and traditional techniques to create colourful 3D printed jewellery with optical effects. Check out her mesh collection for bold bright pieces that just shout summer.
5. Helen Ruth
Helen Ruth specialises in digitally printed silk and wool scarves, each of which is printed in Glasgow and hand-finished in Aberdeen. Her latest collection, Field Notes, is a series of scarves for explorers that mixes flora and fauna motifs in a riot of colour.
6. Julia Smith
Modern illustrated pottery handmade in Inverness. Julia's delicately decorated bowls, plates and mugs are often inspired by nature and are infinitely more beautiful than whatever is in your kitchen cupboard at moment.
7. Cristina Zani
Before setting up a studio in Edinburgh, Cristina Zani studied jewellery in Seoul. Her preset jewellery is influenced by the Korean urban landscape. Her account features lots of gorgeous textures and materials – she even makes rust look beautiful.
8. Craft Scotland
Craft Scotland is the national development agency for craft. Championing and celebrating the talent of makers and designers across the country, the Craft Scotland Summer Show is their annual flagship event, hosting a selection of the country's best makers to showcase their work. Follow their Instagram account for snapshots of all 33 makers involved, as well as updates and discoveries from the Scottish craft scene.
The Craft Scotland Summer Show takes place at White Stuff on George Street, Edinburgh, Fri 4–Sun 27 Aug