Studio Tolsta launched - More

Since arriving last year, Catriona has worked freelance from her temporary studio, a former loom shed. These last few months, though, have been focussed on setting up Studio Tolsta and establishing a range of product lines to take to market and building up stock.

These have been textiles, homewares, bags and ceramics, sold through a local network of shops including Mosaic, An Lanntair, and Buth Tholastaidh.

One of the first products to go on sale has been a range of cotton fabric cushions, with stylised interpretations of Stornoway and a range of cushions bearing reproductions of Stornoway business adverts from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. After sending off a consignment of her work to Germany, next up are an order of tea towels for Stornoway butchers, Charles Macleod Ltd. (Charley Barley’s) due to go on sale in the shop now, the launch of a new range of distinctive ceramic mugs, and a project in August with an Indian book publisher.

With so much going on, Catriona is finding herself working long hours to keep up. For, in addition to Studio Tolsta, she also sets Seanachas, the North Tolsta Historical Society newsletter, is in the process of moving house in the village and setting up a new purpose-built studio. 

Despite all that is going on right now, one thing this fledgling businesswoman keeps firmly in mind is the use, as far as possible, of organic materials that are responsibly sourced from local companies and UK suppliers. It is an issue that’s close to her heart and by acting on it is doing her bit to help protect the environment, she believes.

Taking the long view, then, is something Catriona takes seriously - be it her career or the planet.

Reproduced courtesy of EVENTS - what's happening in Lewis and Harris (