Kirkcudbright artist Lizzie Farey is this week exhibiting her work in Chicago.
After being selected from some 60 artists by Craft Scotland, she is part of a group of six of the nation’s most talented craftspeople to take part in the international exposition, SOFA Chicago.
SOFA, which represents Sculptural Objects and Functional Art, is a key event for the international collectors market, regularly receiving upwards of 35,000 visitors during the three-day event.
Scotland accounts for almost 15% of the UK’s total craft businesses working predominantly in jewellery, textiles and ceramics.
Lizzie originally trained in stained glass before turning to basket making in 1991. Her works use and are directly related to the materials that surround her in the Galloway countryside. Mainly working with willow, she creates simple and beautiful forms that reflect shapes in nature.
Lizzie’s career was firmly established when she was featured on the front cover of Crafts Magazine in 1997. She has since exhibited throughout the UK and internationally, as well as receiving many awards such as the 2004 BBC Homes and Antiques Talent around Britain Award.
Speaking of the event in Chicago, Craft Scotland CEO Emma Walker said: “We are delighted to be working with SOFA and we are very happy in the knowledge that Scotland will be represented at this show. Craft Scotland is a proud ambassador for Scotland when we’re abroad.”
Caroline Parkinson, director of Creative Development for Creative Scotland, said: “Creative Scotland invests in talent to develop both skills and businesses and this prestigious presentation at one of the world’s leading crafts showcases is an excellent platform to promote the quality of work produced in Scotland.”