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About the Craft Co-operative


Formed in 1978 for the benefit of local crafts people as an outlet for their work, the Craft Co-operative provides a showcase for the wider craft community in Orkney. The shop has diversified to include artisan products principally from Scotland while still retaining its Orcadian roots. The Workshop's own unique range of knitwear is only available from the shop.

There are currently over 200 members of the Co-operative. The majority are not producers but are local supporters of the Workshop. A management commitee drawn from members runs the Workshop and Loft Gallery. The elected officers and management committee members for 2014 - 2015 are :

  • Chair:  Elli Pearson
  • Treasurers:  Maureen Copper and Jenny Rambridge
  • Secretary:  Sue Palmer
  • Shop Manager:  Jill Strutt
  • Committee Members:  Trish Spence, Sharyn Crossley, Ken Brookman, Sue Graves, Lynda Bradford and Bob Copper

To become a member please contact the Workshop or any one of the management committee.  The cost of membership is a one-off payment of £10 and this entitles you to various discounts throughout the year. Members are welcome to become more involved in the Co-operative, for example through helping in the shop, coming to general meetings, sharing ideas for how the Co-operative might develop or what the Workshop could stock.  If you are interested, please get in touch to let us know. You can telephone 01856 831587, email hope.workshop@yahoo.co.uk, call into the shop, or contact any committee member.

If you are a local craft producer and would like to know how your work can be considered for selling in the Workshop, please telephone 01856 831857 or email us at hope.workshop@yahoo.co.uk