Strange times everyone says.

Strange times everyone says.

It is warm and very windy outside today, July is often a strange month of weather here in Shetland.  Today I should have had a group of visitors to my art studio and garden, for a tour. However this is not possible due to the risk of catching a troublesome virus. Our country came to a standstill for a while, picking up again now. ‘Strange times’ is a phrase I have heard a lot!  Each persons experience of lockdown is very individual depending on circumstances, some almost unaffected, some lost their lives.

Personally I had to adjust to homeschooling my son, and survive a massive financial loss from 2 businesses. Luckily it was not the only income to my home so I see myself as very fortunate on the whole. Determined to use any ‘free time’ in a positive way, I was able to look at improvements that could be made to both businesses. My Art/garden business and also our accommodation business and found loads of things that could be worked on, given this new time! To make 2021 better than ever, not just from a financial point of view, but for customer experience.  The garden has never had so much attention, finishing off areas that have just been skimmed over previously, and is looking better than ever, my 9 year old son can change his  own bed and cook! Things we would never have spent time on before! I have been in the sea!, something I have always wanted to try but never had a spare second to attempt. I am now planning to start on a new body of artwork, inspired by under the sea.  There is still a possibility that the local Arts & crafts fair may go ahead during November? Maybe see some of you there.

What new thing have you done during lockdown?

Mosaics for 2017!

Hello

I hope January is treating you well so far!

I’ve been getting stuck into developing some new ideas. The past year has seen some real changes and opportunities for me and my work, and i’m very excited and pleased to announce that I have been invited to join Craft Scotland on the strength of my mosaic work.

Craft Scotland is a charity which works to promote a wide range of crafts and creates opportunities for Scottish makers to exhibit, sell and promote their work. With exhibitions, workshops and events which champion craft, its a fantastic opportunity.

Mosaic work is defiantly my first love, and I have lots of plans for it in 2017, including smaller works. Ive been inspired to decorate native Shetland animal shapes, such as otters, birds and rabbits, using a variety of materials, including pottery from local beaches, which makes the art truly unique and special. These will be sold locally as well as online and would make the perfect gift.

The picture is a larger mosaic piece I sold recently using local driftwood, beach pebbles and glass tiles.

2016 is almost over and what a year it has been!

2016 is almost over and what a year it has been!

Welcome to my blog page!

I’ve been busy, developing ideas and making,and it’s hard to believe how far I’ve come: from having no work shown to now having a website, selling my artwork online and in a few local locations – at Ninian, in Lerwick, and at the Hoswick Visitor Centre – and I’m exhibiting year round in a local cafe, The Olive Tree.

Some highlights include the Shetland Arts and Craft Fair in November. This was a big deal for me, because as well as being really enjoyable it was my first anniversary of selling my artwork!

In 2015 I decided to have a small stall and try out some of my ideas on the public. This was the first time I had ever shown any work, so to try and sell it as well was quite nerve wracking. However the response was great – I was really encouraged and haven’t stopped making since.

This year, I decided to try a bigger stall. at 5m x 3m. Building a stall this big and having the work to fill it was a challenge, but thankfully the risk paid off! The weekend was a huge success.

Thank you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here’s to more art in 2017!

Christmas Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair

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You can find me at Shetland Arts & Crafts Association Christmas Craft Fair this weekend at Clickimin Centre, I’ll have loads of art work for sale. There are so many exciting exhibitors and admission is only £2! I can’t wait to see you all there.

View my artwork online: www.sarahkayarts.com

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