I am a textile artist and maker living in Oban. In my studio overlooking the bay I design and make under the branding Maisie’s Emporium, using mainly upcycled, repurposed and sometimes found materials. I make small batches of useful and decorative items, as well as one off creations inspired by the materials themselves and the beauty of Argyll. All my goods are handmade.
I make a range of buttons hand-covered with Scottish tartan and tweed, Icelandic fish skin leather or genuine silk Cold War escape maps.
The ethos of Maisie’s Emporium is sustainability, and many of my products are designed to be re-useable alternatives -for example fabric Really Useful Bags which make a great alternative to gift wrap or for storage, Japanese-style Bento bags for carrying packed lunches, knitting projects etc.
I use only natural textiles – wool, silk, cotton, linen, leather and paper- avoiding where possible the impact of synthetics on our environment. I am delighted to have some of my products available in the Made in Argyll shop, and enjoy meeting and chatting to customers when I am ‘on duty’ in the shop.
Beyond Oban I am better known as a teacher of handspinning and knitting skills. A knitter since my teens, I learned to spin in the late 1970s and started sharing my skills as a teacher in the 80s. I teach classes in Oban and around Scotland, at yarn festivals here (Shetland Wool Week, Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Loch Ness Knit Fest) and overseas (Iceland, Italy). In 2018 I was Artist-in-Residence at the Icelandic Textile Centre (Blonduos, Northern Iceland) for two months and will return for another Residency later in 2019. I am preparing a travelling exhibition of the work I did in Iceland, exploring the characteristics of Icelandic wool and native dye plants. Details will be announced on my Instagram feed and Facebook page (maisiesemporium) .