Inverythan Crafters gear up for NEOS exhibition

Some of the Inverythan Crafters gearing up for their NEOS 2014 Exhibition next month
Some of the Inverythan Crafters gearing up for their NEOS 2014 Exhibition next month

A community craft group based in Ellon are gearing up to participate in this year’s North East Open Studios (NEOS) for the second time.

The Inverythan Crafters will hold their exhibition at the Mental Health Aberdeen’s Inverythan Community Support Service next month.

Working under the theme of “The Four Seasons” members at the centre have created a range of arts and crafts items including cards, dressmaking, quilting, photography, sewing, cold cast bronze, oil and watercolour paintings.

One member Lorna Smith has created a piece of knitwear which will feature in the exhibition which she completed in just six weeks.

Lorna said: “I can create the pattern without looking now.”

The Inverythan Centre which is located in Ellon are a community service which support individuals in their mental health recovery.

All the participants are recovering from mental health issues, which can vary from mild to moderate anxiety, depression through to bipolar disorder.

Every Tuesday morning as few as four or as much as ten participants attend the centre to enjoy crafting.

The group took part in NEOS for the first time back in 2012 which went extremely well and was thoroughly enjoyed by all those involved.

After the success that came with holding their first exhibition the participants decided to organise their very own show in October last year to celebrate Scottish Mental Health Week.

Now a regular event on the calendar, preparations and planning for these exhibitions start as early as January.

Exhibits for NEOS 2014 can be viewed free of charge at the Inverythan Centre, The Square, Ellon.

Dates and times for viewings: Saturday, September 6 : Tuesday, September 9; Wednesday, September 10; Thursday 11 and Saturday, September 13 all from 10am to 4pm.

For more information about the exhibition next month or the Inverythan Crafters work, contact Catherine or Lynne by calling on 01358 723423.