After 10 years of publication, 'Northings' (the monthly arts e-magazine for the Highlands & Islands) closed down in 2013 and is archived here. High Life Highland is pleased to enable this extensive body of work to remain accessible to the public. Please note, though, that material will not be updated or added.

Crafts Blog

Marketing at the Right Price Point

15 Feb 2012 in Aberdeen City & Shire, Argyll & the Islands, Crafts Blog, Highland, Moray, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Shetland, Visual Arts & Crafts

I was reading an interesting article in Gift Focus Magazine recently about getting the price point right for your creations. Gift Focus is a gift ware trade magazine sent to retailers throughout the UK. In the first edition of 2012, an ‘Industry Insight’ article was focused on getting the right price point for your goods. […]

Lost in Wax, Glass and Bones

11 Feb 2012 in Artforms, Crafts Blog, Highland, Visual Arts & Crafts

New work, an upcoming solo exhibition at a British glass museum and an illustrated description of lost wax casting with rubber moulds.

Craft overload?

6 Oct 2011 in Crafts Blog, Visual Arts & Crafts

September has been so jam packed with events, I felt it best to chart them from the beginning and work my way through! From Skye to London via Inverness, I have seen work that has ranged from community knitting to dresses made from 20,000 pins, from exquisitely crafted jewellery to automata made from scrap. Starting […]

Making Progress maker’s films: Filming with Jennifer Cantwell

20 Aug 2011 in Crafts Blog, Visual Arts & Crafts

In the run up to starting on my fourth and final Making Progress maker’s film I was pretty excited for a variety of reasons, not least because finally I was to be working on my home turf! Throughout this project I have loved very much travelling around new and strange parts of the Scottish Highlands, […]

Making Progress makers films: Filming with Nick Ross

24 Jun 2011 in Crafts Blog, Visual Arts & Crafts

Another slightly late blog entry although if truth be known I’ve been struggling to write about my day filming with Nick without it looking like I just copied and pasted the blog I wrote about filming with Patricia and changed a couple of words here and there… In short it went like this: the original […]

Selling the Sizzle

8 Jun 2011 in Artforms, Crafts Blog, Regions, Visual Arts & Crafts

Selling the Sizzle, new ways of retailing

The final stretch

23 May 2011 in Aberdeen City & Shire, Crafts Blog, Highland, Visual Arts & Crafts

Only a few more days in the workshop until the chairs are finished so I thought I would post a sneak peak of what exactly I have been up to over the last few months. The initial chairs or aboriginal chairs as  like the call them were finished some time in early February, and since then the have been cut in […]

Making Progress Makers’ Films: Filming with Patricia in Caithness

2 May 2011 in Crafts Blog, Visual Arts & Crafts

Ok, so stupidly this will be a photoless blog entry. I got so carried away with the moving pictures I completely forgot to get any not moving ones. Lesson officially learned. Although this is very much in keeping with the rest of the entry as it was a day of learning lessons all round. For example, […]

Third Making Progress makers’ films visit: Caroline Dear in Skye

2 May 2011 in Crafts Blog, Visual Arts & Crafts

My third visit was to Caroline Dear, in Fangan which is a wee collection of houses a few miles on the other side of Portree if you come from the direction I did. The run to Skye from Fort William was as beautiful as my drive to Caithness and reminded me again that there is […]

Second Making Progress makers’ films visit: Nick Ross in Aberdeen

3 Apr 2011 in Crafts Blog, Visual Arts & Crafts

Last Friday I made my way to Aberdeen to meet with Nick Ross and chat about his maker’s video. He’s currently the artist in residence and a tutor in Gray’s School of Art and, having only graduated in 2008, I was impressed before I had even arrived at how he had become so established in […]

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