Made in Wigtownshire is a project that we a delighted to be associated with. When we relocated to Wigtownshire in 2014 one of the main differences we noticed about the area was the variety of creativity in the area. Having always had a love for anything ‘arty’ it was great to get involved with a variety of talented local artists through Creative Whithorn and several work commissions.
One day whilst chewing the cud with Sid Ambrose www.sidambrose.com and Fran Raw, the Mochrum Artist, we hit upon the idea of creating something to pull all of that creativity and enthusiasm into one place.
The idea is nicely summed-up in an article published in Our Wigtownshire and written by our own Sid Ambrose.
The Made In Wigtownshire idea was based on a tattoo one of us had seen at some point and it was felt that this pretty much summed up what we were trying to promote.
Made In Wigtownshire sounds sufficiently ‘street’ to be cool in this age of instant communications and social networking, whilst at the same time it does exactly what it says on the tin.
Caroline from Peninsula Design has been working on a website which aims to promote the work of local artists, creative people and producers. It’s a commercial venture and will charge commission on sales but far less than what artists would expect to pay in galleries. Caroline commented
“l moved to Whithorn over a year ago from Rugby in Warwickshire, the isolation of the area is a double edged sword. On the one hand it provides inspiration and a quiet pace of life, but for producers it can be hard to get enough sales to make things viable. A collective website such as Made In Wigtownshire can make it easier for people around Britain and further afield to discover what our area has to offer.”
Sales driven websites to collectively promote a group of producers have a track record of success and can assist individuals who struggle to make a dent on search engines and the world wide web, but Made In Wigtownshire aims to do much more than this, Fran Raw who is a textile artist living near Mochrum explained,
“We want to do two things with our Made In Wigtownshire brand, the first is to increase sales for artists and producers which brings more money into the local economy and the second is to make the buyers aware of Wigtownshire as a holiday destination which again brings money into the local economy. Whether people come to our area to buy a hat or a cup of tea is irrelevant to us, the main thing is that Made In Wigtownshire will shout very loudly across fibre optic networks about what we do and where we do it.”
Made In Wigtownshire as a brand and the people behind it need to juggle inclusiveness alongside high quality produce. The aim is to show our best face to the rest of the world whether it be an image from one of our very talented local photographers or details on where to eat and stay on a family holiday to the area.
From the Merrick to the Mull this brand has the potential to help Wigtownshire reinvent itself as a both a travel destination and artisans centre of excellence.
Although only launched a few months ago “Made in Wigtownshire” has been well received, with many local artists and attractions signing up and we hope that it will continue to get bigger and better. We are excited to see what the future holds for “Made in Wigtownshire”.
Find out more at www.madeinwigtownshire.co.uk