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, Scotland. What started off as experimental fun in her parent’s shed, soon became a sellable 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, were welcomed with enthusiasm, and now her pieces 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.
We want to show our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests across the globe in reaction to the murder of George Floyd. This tragic death has shone a light on the fact that racism is an international emergency. We are offering a series of children’s books which celebrate influential black figures throughout history.
Anne Mathieson lives in Birsay, Orkney where she works as a mental health officer and social worker. When she’s not hard at work you will find her roaming the beaches of Orkney in search of wood to carve into beautiful objects for your home. We had a chat with her to find out more about her craft and her ethos of striving for a more self sufficient, sustainable way of life.