Treat in store with launch of ‘virtual venue’

Diana Sykes (centre) with Fife Cultural Trust chief executive Heather Stuart and some of the designers
Diana Sykes (centre) with Fife Cultural Trust chief executive Heather Stuart and some of the designers

A St Andrews-based art and craft organisation has launched a ‘virtual venue’ to showcase the work of some of Scotland’s finest talent.

Fife Contemporary Art & Craft (FCA&C) unveiled the new resource - called ‘treat store’ - at an event attended by Fife Cultural Trust bosses as well as designers and artists.

The site specialises in selling high quality hand-crafted items such as accessories, homeware and jewellery, and provides an information resource for artists as well as promoting visual art and craft events.

In addition, treat store will feature insights into the designers’ processes, workspaces and backgrounds, aiming to enrich the shopper’s knowledge and appreciation of each individual and their practice.

“Contemporary craftsmanship was high on the agenda when it came to selecting the designers for treat store,” explained Diana Sykes, director of FCA&C.

“There has been a surge in demand for beautifully crafted items for decoration as well as everyday use. The stumbling block can often be the time it takes to look for them - and knowing where to look in the first place. treat store will make it even easier to shop for these special and unique items.”

Ten designers-makers have been selected to launch the treat brand, including 
jewellery designers Ebba Goring and Jessica Howarth; textile designers Morag McPherson, Judy Scott and Laura Spring; knitwear designers Mitchell & Black, illustrator Gabrielle Reith (Small Stories), ceramicist Gavin Burnett and paper designers Louise McLaren (Crafty Lou) and Ruth Stiven.

For more information and to visit treat store, visit the website www.fcac.co.uk.