The Isobel Wylie Hutchison Collection for Carlowrie Castle
Our latest commission, a homeware and accessories collection for Carlowrie Castle, inspired by former inhabitant the intrepid Arctic explorer and botanist…
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This handcrafted leather bag prioritises travel, accessibility and practicality, whether the wearer’s expedition is to the Arctic or a local cafe. The Explorer Backpack is a timeless piece that harks back to the origins of leathercraft, with visible stitching much like Isobel would have encountered on the handcrafted items of the Inuit peoples she lived amongst, and a natural, earthy palette that reflects Isobel’s interest in nature, flora and the outdoors.
Know someone who loves a Polar Bear? These cushions feature handprinted British linen with an exclusive design inspired by the wildlife of the Arctic. The style is influenced by native Inuit artistic styles and 10% from every sale goes to supporting the educational work of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, inspiring future generations of explorers and eco warriors.
It's time to explore the many delights Carlowrie Castle has to offer, not least their new and exclusive handcrafted range of homeware and accessories, inspired by the intrepid explorer Isobel Wylie Hutchison, former owner and inhabitant of the castle. The collection is brought to you by Craft Design House. Click the Shop tab to discover more about the collection or browse the Castle's history, sustainability commitments and accommodation/event offerings, just a stone's throw from Edinburgh.
Handcrafted by Catherine Aitken, cult bag designer based in Edinburgh, the bag is made from Harris Tweed and waxed cotton and is lined in cotton drill printed with details taken from vintage maps of the Arctic. It can be worn as a backpack, messenger bag or haversack.
Discover an exclusive handcrafted collection, brought to you by Craft Design House for Carlowrie Castle in partnership with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and meet the intrepid female explorer Isobel Wylie Hutchison who inspired the collection.
The Carlowrie Jumper has been spun in a green-energy mill, hand-dyed with Scottish heather and knitted to a pattern devised both for its style (celebrating both Scottish and Greenlandic fashion heritage) and to minimise waste. The pattern references architectural details from stained glass windows and fireplace surrounds at Carlowrie Castle.
A unique piece combining hand-dyed vibrant elastics and exceptional silversmithing skill, handcrafted on the West Coast of Scotland. This design is inspired by the artefacts exhibited in the National Museum of Scotland that Isobel brought back from her travels. In particular, it draws on Inuit jewellery traditions and their basket weaving techniques.
The design for this cushion started life as an illustration handpainted in watercolour paints. From there it was printed onto silk and finished by hand with a backing of silk velvet, giving you the most decadent of cushion experiences. Set against the bold colour schemes and contemporary art collections of Carlowrie Castle's main reception room.
The Explorer Backpack is a timeless piece that harks back to the origins of leathercraft, with visible stitching much like Isobel would have encountered on the handcrafted items of the Inuit peoples she lived amongst, and a natural, earthy palette that reflects Isobel’s interest in nature, flora and the outdoors.
Handcrafted Ceramic Fairisle Bowl Perfect whether you need somewhere to store your earrings or a new breakfast bowl, each of these hand-painted bowls is one of a kind. This design celebrates Scottish pattern heritage and Isobel’s Scottish roots through a reinterpretation of the iconic Fairisle pattern traditions. Isobel may have gone to far-flung places on expeditions but she always returned home to Carlowrie Castle.