When founding Tait & Style, Ingrid knew she didn’t want conventional fashion photography. It was friend and photographer Gunnie Moberg who was able to capture the bold and eccentric style of Ingrid’s textiles, combined with the uniqueness of the land and people of Orkney
The late Tam Macphail, owner of Stromness Books & Prints or ‘Tam’s Bookshop’ as many knew it, is a remarkable artist to feature in Kettle’s Yard.
It may surprise some Orcadians that Tam was such a highly regarded sculptor, exhibited next to the likes of Joan Miro and Ben Nicholson. For many, the Tam we remember is the slow-walking, quick-witted Stromness resident and bookseller.
'Ingrid Leonard's poetry arises from the core of female experience - a longing for, and the realisation of the dangers of, sexual freedom; ambivalence about traditional women's roles that both attract and repel.'
For a small group of islands, Orkney has produced an impressive number of writers. Most famously, George Mackay Brown created a vision of the islands and their people - 'fishermen with ploughs' - so powerful that it shaped how many see and think of Orkney. But what about 21st century Orkney? Who will tell its stories and sing its songs?
Emma McDowall is a creative female entrepreneur, based in Edinburgh. What started off as experimental fun in her parent’s shed, soon became an in-demand product when Emma shared photos of her works on social media. The colour palettes and textures brought to everyday objects, such as clocks and trays are sold world-over, from Iceland to the US…and now in the Longship, Kirkwall!
Paboy is a Gambian designer currently seeking asylum in Naples. Cara talked to him last week, finding out about his inspirations for his home goods company, In Casa by Paboy which is gaining worldwide recognition for its colour and joy. In the interview Paboy retells his dangerous and violent journey crossing the desert and Mediterranean. Inspired by Paboy's story, this Valentine's we'll be donating 50% of profits of all soft furnishings to the refugee charity CHOOSE LOVE.