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'Growing Pains - A Remedy' - STORNOWAY, 26 APRIL 2016

XpoNorth Crafts, Fashion & Textiles and Writing and Publishing delivered through Emergents Creatives

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 from 14:00 to 17:30 (BST)

'Growing Pains - A Remedy' - STORNOWAY, 26 APRIL 2016

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‘Growing Pains: A Remedy’ 
Tuesday 26 April 2016, 2pm - 5.30pm
An Lanntair, Kenneth Street, Stornoway, HS1 2DS

Running a creative business is addictive - there is always more to try, new ideas to explore and projects to develop. Growing your business allows you to confidently pursue these exciting new opportunities to strengthen your profile, expand your range of customers and generate healthy profits. But with so many things to juggle, where do you start? And once you have started how do you keep up momentum?

Image: Anna Garforth

Growing Pains is a half-day workshop to help you identify how to effectively and efficiently grow your creative business.

Over the course of the workshop you will explore what growth means to you and your practice, and identify the resources you need to make it happen. By the end of the day you will have made a start on your own personal growth plan.

There will be plenty of opportunity to chat and exchange ideas with others, we are also very lucky to have Annette Sopata of Diggory Brown with us, she will talk about her experiences of growth, whether planned or unexpected opportunity, and the skills and resources she needed to make it happen.


After studying Fashion Product Design and Innovation at The University of Creative Arts, Rochester, Kent and completing an internship at Timothy Everest Bespoke Tailor, Spitalfields, London; Netty relocated and apprenticed herself to a traditional kilt maker in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.

Annette Sopata (Image: Fiona Rennie)

Annette Sopata (Image: Fiona Renni

Having started a family in 2008, she established ‘Diggory Brown’ as a bespoke kilt making business in Ness, specialising in using locally woven Harris and Breanish Tweed cloth.

Over the past eight years this design and production business has grown progressively to complete kilt, accessory and garment orders for individual clients alongside display and trade orders for businesses within the fashion (Christopher Kane & MATCHES.COM), television (Katie Morag), music (KT Tunstall) and textile industries (Melin Twegwynt).

In 2015 Diggory Brown, in partnership with Uist Wool, was one of five Scottish based design businesses successful in securing support from Zero Waste Scotland, to research and develop a new textile and product(s) that would demonstrate the principles of the circular economy and closed loop cycle of production in the garment industry. It is this line of research and design that Netty is currently focusing on in her work to ensure Diggory Brown grwos in a direction that balances  unique, highly skilled kilt and accessory design, with a type of production, that not only reduces our​ own impact on the environment , but also one that inspires others to become involved in reducing their own.’

Whether you work in Writing and Publishing or Craft, Fashion and Textiles, this workshop is aimed at business owners who recognise the professional and personal rewards to be gained from growth and want to:

  • Identify the potential for growth within their own business
  • Gain confidence to manage and resource growth
  • Start or develop a personal growth plan
  • Find inspiration from a successful creative practitioner 

The workshop is being delivered by trainer and ceramicist [] Carol Sinclair [] and independent project manager and events producer Helen Voce [].

How to Book:

This event is fully sponsored by Emergents so is free for businesses to attend, but please book in advance. To book a place please complete the registration above. 

If you have any queries about the event, please contact Avril Souter at Emergents on

 This workshop has been developed, produced and delivered by Sinclair Wilson & Voce for Emergents (

'Grow' image : Anna Garforth



The work of XpoNorth Crafts, Fashion & Textiles and Writing & Publishing through Emergents is funded by HIE (through European ERDF funds) and is a key part of HIE’s support strategy for the creative industries in the Highlands and Islands.

Do you have questions about 'Growing Pains - A Remedy' - STORNOWAY, 26 APRIL 2016? Contact XpoNorth Crafts, Fashion & Textiles and Writing and Publishing delivered through Emergents Creatives

When & Where

An Lanntair
Kenneth Street
HS1 2DS Stornoway
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 from 14:00 to 17:30 (BST)

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