The festival of Contempory Crafts by Justin Ryan and Colin McAllister.

The festival of Contempory Crafts by Justin Ryan and Colin McAllister.

The Herald Magazine

This weekend is your last chance to visit Artisan 98, the Festival of Contemporary Crafts, in Edinburgh. In just two years, Artisan has established itself as the Chelsea Crafts Fair of the North and the keenly anticipated crafts arm of the Festival. A Mecca for designers, collectors, applied arts enthusiasts and plain shopaholics alike, Artisan brings together a top design talent from across the world to represent a wallet-twitching array of dynamic stall displaying an exceptional and exclusive variety of handmade work ranging textiles to forged metal, lighting to jewellery, and furniture and toys.

Scottish talent is well represented. Textiles by Clare Heminsley, millinery by Sally Ann Proven, glassware by Lara Aldridge and ceramics by Philomena Prestell are only a few of the local makers involved in the project.

Artisan dramatically challenges London’s domination of the crafts scene by bringing the largest specialised crafts fair in Europe to Edinburgh. This effectively allows local makers and designers to exhibit and sell to the whole world, while allowing a world of arts and crafts to be displayed in the international market place that is the Edinburgh Festival.

Justin Ryan and Colin McAllister.

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