Well it’s summer and after a long winter I find myself looking out the window to sunshine, yeh! Worrying though as if its June then we are half way through the year in what seems like a blink of an eye!
I remember planning the Maker Of The Month back in January and thinking that I couldn’t wait for June as our Maker Of The Month would be Cal Scott. Watching her work evolve over the last year has been a treat and a wonder. Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA Hons in Design & Applied Arts, Cal worked in various media including ceramics, graphic design and textiles. Inspired by a love of colour and pattern, combined with a long-held interest in printmaking, Cal taught herself to screenprint in 2015 and launched a range of paper and wood products under the name Sad Panda Printing.
Gradually Cal moved towards her 3d Art and in May 2017 she started making framed wooden dioramas as a few one-off pieces for a group exhibition in Perthshire. The response to them was so positive that she found herself developing them further and under the name Hooperhart, they have now become her main focus.
Cal’s work is influenced by numerous things like memories of cardboard dioramas she played with as a child, working in theatre design on stage sets which led her down the path of creating these little contained worlds. The subject matter is inspired by storytelling, folklore, local flora and fauna, and a love of the Scottish coast. It is totally unique, just beautiful in it’s details, composition and colours and has such a child like fairytale and wonder in them that I could just sit and look at them all day (not so great when trying to work!).
So Ta Da….. drum roll and much expectation our Maker Of The Month for June is Cal Scott from HooperHart!
Gin will be high on many people’s Santa list this year, but other than gin, what do you buy a gin drinker at Christmas?
The Scottish Gin industry has been flourishing in recent years. While a Gin & Tonic may have traditionally been thought of as quintessentially English, did you know that Scotland now produces more than 70% of the gin consumed in the UK? In fact, gin is rapidly on course to catch up with, and some predict surpass, the spirit everyone in the world associates with Scotland, Whisky.
What has been wonderful about the success of the Scottish gin industry is that so much of it has come from independent craft distilleries, scattered far and wide across the country, each putting their own distinct twist on the juniper based spirit.
Gin is embracing Christmas this year, with many of the craft distilleries producing seasonally spiced variations. I’m sure many of your loved ones will be enjoying a glass or two of gin over the festive period. Here are some gift ideas to complement their favourite tipple:
This Gin map plots out many of Scotland’s finest gins geographically and features many of the spices and distinctive flavours used to make them. Available from Teasel & Tweed directly.
Designed by Teasel & Tweed and produced by Burns Crystal, these unique Scottish made gin glasses are elegant and fun glasses for enjoying your favourite tipple, featuring amusing gin inspired terms, that are sure to raise a smile.
This Gin and Tonic lip balm is a great wee stocking filler, available directly from Teasel & Tweed.
These chocolate brussel sprouts are made with a twist of gin and make an ideal stocking filler or after-dinner treat. Available from Teasel & Tweed.
A quirky alternative to a gin glass, gin lovers may enjoy these gin & tonic beakers, which are multi-purpose and can be used for drinking hot drinks, as well as gin & tonic.
Another stocking filler, this the Siabann Sloe Gin candle is a luxurious combination of oils and butters that are specially hand blended and hand poured in Scotland to nourish & rejuvenate skin. Made from a unique blend of 100% natural oils, butters and waxes, the candle can be burned to form a pool of warm oil, that can be used straight onto the skin.The warm oils are perfect for a massage, to treat dry skin or just to moisturise.
Juniper berries, gin’s key ingredient, are used alongside Lime, to bring a fresh and zesty scent to this range of soap and body lotion from Siabann. Elegantly presented in a s
Ahh, Gin O’Clock…every gin enthusiast’s favourite time of the day and this wooden coaster set will provide a perfect place to rest their favourite drink in between sips.
For your loved ones who enjoy both a trip to the gym and a glass of gin, this fun tote bag will be perfect gift. The bag i s a nice size for carrying gym wear, or it can be used as a multi-purpose shopping bag. Available at Teasel & Tweed.
Gin jamMade using the finest ingredients and with traditional methods, Galloway Lodge Preserves bring together two of our favourite flavours for this jam and, yes, it tastes as good as it sounds!
Juniper berries are used to give these teas a crisp and distinctive taste. Maybe not a real G & T but, nevertheless, a refreshing and healthy alternative that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Available from Teasel & Tweed Shop.