Welcome to Orains contemporary interior design. Apart from creating unique items made of local Argyll wool, we offer creative felt making workshops in our studio overlooking the Kyles of Bute. Book now!
Unique creative activity on the beautiful West Coast of Scotland: Orains designers offer felt making courses
and an exclusive insight in their interior design business.
Felt is probably the oldest fabric known to woman and man: 3,000 year old felted artefacts were found in the ice in Siberia. Now, you have the opportunity to enjoy the art of felting yourself when embarking on a creative felt making activity.
Led by designer Pieter van der Werf, this workshop focuses on the making of a small rug, throw or wall hanging.
Orains exclusively use the wool from local Argyll sheep. Breeds used are Scottish Blackface, Hebridean and Jacob sheep, grazing in Iveraray and on the hills around Loch Fyne.
Workshops can be arranged at short notice, there are no fixed dates (Orains are quite flexible) and weekend bookings are welcomed.
Workshop location is the Orains Studio. For groups of over five people, the Colintraive Village Hall will be used.
Price per person (all materials, coffees and tea included):
£75 for a full day workshop (from 10am to 5pm)
£40 for a half day workshop (from 1pm to 5pm)
£50 non-refundable deposit upon confirmation of booking; balance payment 2 weeks prior to workshop date;
The Orains Studio is located on the shore of Loch Riddon, overlooking the Kyles of Bute.
This Scottish National Scenic Area also hosts Caol Ruadh Scottish Sculpture park. Why not combine a half day Orains workshop with a visit to the sculpture park - only a mile along the same road?
And when you book a full day workshop, the Colintraive Hotel and Pub always has fresh produce on its menu cards.
The Orains partners are Pieter van der Werf & Fiona Page.
Pieter van der Werf is a designer with an extensive art, design and theatre background. Projects of his include exhibiting the Beachcombers House during Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney (Aus), stage and theatre design, and involvement in city development and architecture thinktanks.
Fiona Page planned and implemented a leading Europe-wide supply chain sustainability and environmental programme
and has worked in the service, not-for-profit, and manufacturing industries in the UK and internationally.
Fiona works with farms to make local wool respected and relevant to 21st century living.
Orains is listed in the directories of Craft Scotland and the Crafts Council UK
and supports The Campaign for Wool.