Article

Craft, textiles, and cultural assets in the Northern Isles: innovation from tradition in the Shetland Islands

Citation

McHattie L, Champion K & Broadley C (2018) Craft, textiles, and cultural assets in the Northern Isles: innovation from tradition in the Shetland Islands. Island Studies Journal, 13 (2), pp. 39-54. https://doi.org/10.24043/isj.47

Abstract
This article explores design innovation approaches in the creative economy in the Northern Isles of Scotland, specifically, the Shetland archipelago, focusing on the textiles sector. Shetland has a rich history of craft work, including Fair Isle knitting and lace making. We contend that the value of cultural assets in contributing to the creative economy is underexamined and that there is a paucity of understanding of the innovative potential of craft and creative practitioners in the region. The insights presented are derived from Innovation from Tradition workshops, which aimed to reframe the creative economy within an island context, elicit knowledge surrounding local cultural assets and explore the innovative capabilities of creative practitioners. We reflect on how a design innovation approach allowed us to garner the collective wisdom held in communities and foreground the focal themes of practice, place and people.

Keywords
craft; creative economy; cultural assets; design innovation; Shetland Islands; textiles;

Journal
Island Studies Journal: Volume 13, Issue 2

StatusPublished
Publication date01/11/2018
Publication date online19/02/2018
Date accepted by journal19/02/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/27060
PublisherUniversity of Prince Edward Island
ISSN1715-2593