The hot bloom of Summer was seen and felt at the Inverness Botanic Gardens this summer where the exotically beautiful top Scottish model Elaine Harris was photographed by talented students of Inverness College UHI The purpose of this was to help showcase the exclusive knitwear designs of Highland Crafters. (


 Alison Woodside has been developing Highland Crafters over a two-year period. She gained valuable experience through her studies at Glasgow school of Art and has worked for the most prestigious cashmere companies in Scotland including John Laing recently bought by Chanel, Hawick Knitwear and Johnstons- Alison has always been driven to create. In collaboration with a team of knitters and crafters throughout the UK and abroad, she has developed a sample collection of luxury knitted and crocheted garments and accessories, pattern kits and luxury soft furnishings inspired by Highland heritage and landscape.

She hopes to be able to create employment for crafters in the Highlands and to recognise their skill and creativity by naming them and telling their story on the product tags. “Elaine is such a great sport working with the students and promoting the Highland Crafters range of knitwear and crochet. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to gain valuable real life work experience. They gained the experience of working on a live shoot and a professional portfolio and the publicity that followed”.

Talented young student photographers Molly Fern and Duncan Clarke took the lead on the photography front whilst Olga Beaton a professionally trained makeup artist now student studying Contemporary Art Practice at the Inverness College UHI stylised the makeup and assisted in the creative direction of the shoot.

Designed by Gillian Barry in association with Highland Crafters.

Designed by Mary Barton in association with Highland Crafters.

The resulting images served to highlight the beautiful creations of Highland Crafters focusing on the classical and elegant woman. A range of beautifully made timeless classics focusing on vintage glamour using Scottish yarns as well as others sourced in the UK. We are in the process of developing the on-line shop. If you are keen to buy these handcrafted pieces they will be exclusively made for you. Contact us at for further details.

Designed by Gillian Barry in association with Highland Crafters.

Designed by Gillian Barry in association with Highland Crafters.