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Meet The Maker - Studio Bu

Meet The Maker - Studio Bu

Vicky and John, from Studio Bu are both successful ceramicists and lectures in their own right, exhibiting globally from Japan, South America, Scandinavia…and now Kirkwall!  We feel very honoured to sell Studio Bu ceramics in our store. We had a chat with them to find out more about their inspirations and the process of making their beautiful mugs and bowls.
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Jean Michel Basquiat

Jean Michel Basquiat

Racism still persists; it is deeply entrenched, systemic and built into the foundations of our society.  But there is hope in resistance.  Art and literature is a particularly important way of resisting; as Basquiat proves, it has the power to act as a reflection of reality and lived experiences, but it is also a way to imagine what our future can look like.
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Sustainable Living

Sustainable Living

Climate change is one of the most pressing concerns of today.  At The Longship we’re looking at ways to be more environmentally friendly, reducing waste and recycling wherever possible. It’s impossible to do everything, but small changes can gradually make a difference.  Here are some of our favourite brands that are leading the way in creating sustainable, ethically produced goods. 
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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

We want to show our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests across the globe in reaction to the murder of George Floyd. This tragic death has shone a light on the fact that racism is an international emergency. We are offering a series of children’s books which celebrate influential black figures throughout history. 

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Mollie on Metamorphosis

Mollie on Metamorphosis

Mollie Forsyth used to work at The Longship every Saturday and during her summer holidays.  Her beaming smile and positive outlook is still greatly missed by customers and the Longship Crew alike.  Though we were sorry to see her go it’s exciting to hear that she's making a name for herself in the big city, where she studies interior design at the Glasgow School of Art.  We caught up with Mollie to find out about what she’s been doing during lockdown; it turns out she’s been very busy…
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Carving Out a Fairer, Sustainable Future

Carving Out a Fairer, Sustainable Future

Anne Mathieson lives in Birsay, Orkney where she works as a mental health officer and social worker. When she’s not hard at work you will find her roaming the beaches of Orkney in search of wood to carve into beautiful objects for your home.  We had a chat with her to find out more about her craft and her ethos of striving for a more self sufficient, sustainable way of life.

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Longship Living - The Scandi Edit

Longship Living - The Scandi Edit

With the St Magnus Cathedral directly outside The Longship windows, it’s impossible to ignore our Scandi heritage.  It runs through the DNA of Orkney and our store.  Its influence can be seen in our carefully curated collection of Scandi designers, as well as our overall ethos of curating a shop full of simple, stylish, functional design. 
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