Inspiration comes from many places – nature, music, the seasons. For Ola, great inspiration has been found in the works of other artists: in particular, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret Macdonald. Today, June 7th, is the 150th birthday of Mackintosh. The Glasgow born designer, architect and artist needs little introduction, however the work of his wife, Margaret, and that of her sister, Frances Macdonald MacNair, is often overlooked. Born in 1868 and 1873 respectively, Margaret and Frances were both students at Glasgow School of Art, where, along with Mackintosh and Herbert McNair (who Frances later married), they...
Once again the Ness of Brodgar is entrancing and mystifying us. And no one is more entranced than Ola, who allowed us to film her reactions to the site on her first visit this year.  Talk about good timing: as she watched, a very special flint arrowhead was discovered! Take a look at the video below to find out how the treasures of our past have inspired this collection of beautiful, modern jewellery designs. About the Ness of Brodgar The annual dig, at what has been described as ‘the most important archaeological site in western Europe,’ is underway for another...
As you may have read elsewhere on our website, the Ness of Brodgar really is one of the most impressive and inspirational archaeological sites in the world.  To start to come to terms with its complex structures, and hundreds of beautiful but mysterious carvings, you need an expert guide.  During the summer, when the dig is in full swing, there's a team of enthusiastic folk to help you see past the piles of stones to the amazing civilization lying underneath.  But in the long dark days of winter, when the site is covered up to protect it from the Orkney wind and...