The crafts sector is difficult to measure as it is made up of multiple small businesses and sole traders, often working across a range of disciplines, while the Highlands and Islands region of Scotland faces particular challenges that exacerbate fragmentation in its craft sector. This short research project sought to open up a greater understanding of these contributions and relationships in practice, and provide a better understanding of the role of 'place' for craft makers who have chosen to live and work in theHighlands and Islands of Scotland. We did this through a series of interviews with craft makers across three contexts: Orkney Isles, Shetland Isles and a spread of individual cases across the remaining Highlands and Islands region.

Furniture Maker’s Workshop on the Isle of Bute – credit:Johnson, 2018

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