Orkney’s talented food, drink and crafts makers have been busy over the summer welcoming visitors into their workshops and studios.
But they’ve also found time to add to their incredible ranges, creating new and exciting products just in time for autumn.
Orkney’s Neolithic heritage has inspired the new collection from Stromness-based jewellery designer, Zoe Davidson. Based on the 5000-year-old settlement of Skara Brae, Zoe’s new work is the culmination of work researched, designed, and hand-crafted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. She used sketches and aerial imagery as part of the design process, with the village’s famous hearths becoming a central theme, with gemstones such as Citrine used to symbolise the heart of the building in the collection. Most pieces are available in matt and polished finishes.
Local artist Jane Glue has launched her own range of jewellery inspired by her artwork and Orkney’s stunning scenery. Her collections, ‘Shorelines’, ‘Silver darlings’, and ‘Wild sunset at the Ring of Brodgar’, feature pendants, earrings and more, all with the distinctive colours and textures of Jane’s much-loved paintings from around the islands. All Jane’s jewellery comes in a matching box with a bespoke printed ribbon.
The Deerness Distillery has been busy this year, working on plans for a new whisky and an extension to their base in Orkney’s east mainland. They’ve also been adding to their range, and now you can pick up some fabulous products online and at the distillery itself. One of our favourites is the new Luxury Espresso Martini Hamper Kit, featuring miniature bottles of Orcadian Moon coffee liqueur, Into the Wild vodka, and a bag of Deerness Distillery Orcadian Roast coffee. There is also a new Deerness Distillery candle and reed diffuser available too – perfect if you want to bring a sense of Orkney to your own home.
Orkney woodturner, Michael Sinclair, has created a beautiful boxwood pot, inspired by the collections of the Orkney Museum, the Stromness Museum, and Skaill House. The piece was developed from the idea that it was an ancient artefact, hidden in a museum archive or attic, before finally being rediscovered and being put back out on display once again. Michael’s pot has been turned from English boxwood and decorated with stunning pyrography. It’s displayed under a glass dome standing on an oak turned base, coloured naturally using steel wool and rusty pieces of metal which are left to stand in vinegar for a few days.
Stronsay-based jeweller Marion Miller designed her first wave ring 25-years-ago whilst training to be a silversmith. Nowadays there are eight different designs in the collection and many more combinations available using different gemstones. The pieces are inspired by the sea, particularly when the tide goes out leaving patterns in the sand, and lines of sea foam, pebbles and shells. The most recent addition is the broad wave ring, featuring a milky blue/green rose-cut aquamarine stone. Each ring is unique and made to order, so enquire now if you want to pick a piece for a Christmas present.
The Orkney Brewery’s range has proved popular with drinkers around the world, but there is one beer in particular that is very special indeed. After a gentle fermentation at its base in Quoyloo, the brewery’s iconic Dark Island ale is finished in old oak casks formerly used to mature fine scotch malt whisky. The beer is then left to mature for three months where it turns into the rich Dark Island Reserve. This slow process helps create a classic beer, full of fruit, spice, oak and roast malt flavours. Each beer is hand bottled and labelled with its individual batch number.
Scottish terriers are a much-loved breed of dog, originating around the 17th or 18th century. Now, following a customer request, Scottie dog-fans can buy a beautiful piece of jewellery inspired by the breed at Sheila Fleet Jewellery. Sheila’s skilled designer and modelmaker, Olivia, carved a selection of Scottie Dog jewellery which is now available in silver, gold, and platinum, and hand-finished at Sheila’s Orkney workshop.