The 52 Stitched Stories exhibition opens in September

The 52 Stitched Stories exhibition is opening at the Barony Art Centre in West Kilbride on 3rd September Fiona Doubleday, Arran resident and creator of the 52 Stitched Stories project, tells us more about the exhibition below. For information on this very vibrant and international project see their Facebook page and website We are looking …

Facemasks for Arran: A personal essay

Facemasks for Arran: A Personal Essay by Barb Taub Our group of local volunteers, Facemasks for Arran, has made and distributed over 500 free facemasks for Arran residents during the Covid-19 pandemic. But we still hear the question: “Why should I wear a facemask?” A cloth facemask will slow down or trap airborne respiratory particles …

Crafting ideas from the new Arran Wee Makers project

A message from Wee Makers Entertaining your little ones when they are not allowed to see their friends can be a challenge. Even watching cartoons and playing games can have its limits. Most of them actually like making things. Since I always enjoyed “playing arts and crafts” as my son called it when he was …

Open call for the 2020 Makers’ Festival Exhibition

Summary and Open Call for the Makers’ Festival Exhibition A message from the organisers of the 2020 Makers’ Festival: In our 2020 Makers’ Festival we have not one but two exhibitions including a trail right through the event. The open calls are live now so if anyone is interested drop us a wee message via …

News from the 52 Stitched Stories project

By Fiona Doubleday As one year closes some of our members have spent an entire year stitching wee postcard size pieces of art. Other members are just getting underway. 52 Stitched Stories is now in 24 countries around the world with hundreds of people stitching and sharing. It is a wonderfully life affirming project and …

Arts Coordinator back in post at the Arran Theatre and Arts Trust

Eileen Kerr, project coordinator of the Arran Theatre and Arts Trust, is back in post and here she tells us about the organisation’s plans for the coming year and shares her vision for arts on Arran. She would love to hear from readers with ideas they have for the arts on the island, her contact …

Crafty fundraisers for Macmillan Cancer Support in September

Crafts and Company (the team behind the 52 Stitched Stories community project) has joined with some extra helpers to fund-raise for Macmillan Cancer Support. We are also working with two local venues to offer people different options. The first is on Friday 27th September 10-1pm at The Shore, Whiting Bay. Come along and make a …

The 52 Stitched Stories Project Goes Global

The 52 Stitched Stories community arts project The project began life on the Isle of Arran at the beginning of 2019. The aim of the project is to make a postcard piece of creative work every week for a year. On the island this has been interpreted as a stitching project, although we use that …

Arran Open Studios 2nd – 5th August

A message from the team behind the Arran Open Studios Arran Open Studios builds up more head of steam than a Clyde Puffer as it ploughs into its eighth year. 2019 boasts 41 movers and makers on this iconic isle in Scotland’s Firth of Clyde. This is a unique opportunity to visit artists and makers …

Makers’ Festival at Brodick Castle 12th – 14th July

Brand new Makers’ Festival By Fiona Doubleday This year the island will witness a brand new creative event. Co-hosted by Crafts and Company and Brodick Castle this three day event brings together many of the talented makers on the island. Based at Brodick Castle on 12-14th July the event has a participatory focus with workshops …