Board Members

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Lynne Hocking


Lynne is a handwoven textile designer-creator and a trained scientist, working at the intersection of art and science. She first learned to weave using a backstrap loom in south east Asia, and now works from her Wasps studio in Aberdeen.

An academic background in human genetics research inspired a wider interest in creating textile patterns and objects based on data – a natural synergy with weaving, since the technique is a precursor to digital technologies.

As well as creating work on her own for sale and exhibition, Lynne also runs co-creation projects on data-driven design with makers across Scotland.

Stefanie Cheong

Stefanie Cheong

Stefanie has a multi-faceted practice within the craft sector. She trained as a jeweller at Glasgow School of Art and her work uses sustainable materials, recycled metals and environmentally processes.

She delivers projects, exhibitions and workshops collaboratively with arts organisations and other educational facilities. She has extensive experience in teaching, having worked as a returning visiting lecturer at Glasgow School of Art. Other posts include tutor for local authorities throughout Scotland, within Schools, museums, galleries and art organisations UK wide.

Her main focus is to inspire and empower people through making, and encourage sustainability within craft. Projects she has initiated include O-PIN and Exchangeworks?. Stefanie also holds a part time post as Craft Development officer at Fife Contemporary.

Clare Waddle

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Clare is one part of zero waste design duo | Yellow Broom | and graduate of Edinburgh College of Art. Based within the Cairngorms National Park she co-designs and makes a collection of handcrafted environmentally sensitive lighting , utilitarian product design & fabrication.

Elected Professional Member of Visual Arts Scotland, she served on its Selection and Hanging Committee for several years. She has exhibited internationally including twice being selected for Contemporary Scottish Craft at London Design Festival with Emergents and Craft Scotland of whom she is also a member and part of their Advisory group.

She took part in SHIFT Iceland going on to be awarded the VAS Inches Carr Trust Award and in 2020 took part in a British Council Crafting Futures residency in Oaxaca, Mexico and is an active member of AAS Closing the Loop group.

Netty Sopata

Netty Sopata


Netty is a kiltmaker and designer based in Ness on The Isle of Lewis. She established her label, ‘Diggory Brown’, in 2008 and has completed work for Christopher Kane, MATCHESFASHION.COM, the BBC and leading names in the music industry.

Over the past few years she has begun to work collaboratively on creative projects in Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Mexico.

Photo by Simon Murphy

Mariam Syed

Mariam is a weaver and digital/craft researcher committed to learning, exploring new textile techniques and designing weave structures and patterns for woven fabrics that are used for furnishings, clothing and wall hangings. Her research explores the rigid dichotomy between traditional craft and the ever advancing digital technologies in making.

She has participated in a number of residences, including digital and collaborative residences that have enhanced her design practice including AAS Distance 2 (2021), the iAtelier programme by the Crafts council (2022) and the Eco-sustainability between traditional craft practices and contemporary industrial production in Matera, Italy by Crafthub Maker Exchange Residency (2022).

Mariam was awarded a QEST Scholarship towards a Masters of Research from the Glasgow School of Art (graduating in 2023) and an Islamic Pattern course from the Alqueria de Rosales, Spain. She won the best newcomer to the weaving industry by the Incorporation of Weavers Glasgow in February 2020. She is also the recipient of the Inches Carr Graduate Award in 2019 and the Jerwood Visual Arts Artist Bursary in 2018.

Carrie Fertig

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Carrie is a visual artist working in video, performance, sound, installation, sculpture, and thanks to Applied Arts Scotland’s DISTANCE programme, virtual reality. She uses flameworked glass as musical instruments for her band Torcher Chamber Arkestra, and engagement methods in her participatory work on fundamental human events and emotional processes.

She is the 2020 recipient of the Jane Adams Wait Performance Residency at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY and inaugural recipient of the UNFIX Residency at The Barn, Banchory, broadcast for the climate crisis-centric UNFIX Festival.

Originally from New York, Carrie moved to Britain in 2003, and recently settled in Aberdeenshire. Challenging ideas around craft, she uses glass as a tool to do good in the universe through participation and collaboration toward well-being.

Thomas Wren

Thomas creates conceptual pieces of contemporary leathercraft which sit between two seemingly opposing ends of a spectrum; creating contemporary modern designs using heritage craft processes, and pieces that inhabit a space between sculptural art and functional, utilitarian pieces.

He has a great respect for both the heritage and history of the craft and for modern contemporary design.

He has developed his own unique point of view towards leathercraft as he has developed his practice that dictates his process and leads to his own individual style. Most notable of these are his exclusive use of hand-tools to create his pieces, his exclusive use of ethically certified vegetable-tanned leather, and his dedication to being as environmentally friendly and low impact as possible, including his non-use of plastic within his practice. He sees craft, and hand skill within craft, as a concept as extremely important and a major driving factor within his practice’s philosophy.

Garvin Sealy

Garvin has benefited from a trans-Atlantic art education from Eckerd College, Edinburgh College of Art, and Rochester Institute of Technology. At these institutions, he developed expertise in stained glass, ceramics, printmaking, bronze casting, glass blowing, metal fabrication and sculpture. His education in art and heritage conservation has come from working at Wells Cathedral, All Souls College in Oxford, the Roman Baths in York, the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, The Landmark Society of Western New York, and most recently at the V&A London.

With his British, Caribbean and Indian cultural heritage informing a wide-ranging artistic practice, many of his creations have been exhibited internationally, with some residing in the collections of Grayson Perry, Magdalene Odundo and the National Trust Scotland. He is currently a Founder and Co-director of EqualiTree Community Interest Company, which provides training and experiential opportunities in heritage crafts for women, minorities and other historically marginalized groups.

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