Window in Aosdana shop


Another ferry out window.
The word Aosdana in Gaelic means “people of the art, craft or gift.” The studio was begun by Mhairi Killin when she returned to her mother’s roots on Iona from Glasgow, where she had studied at the Glasgow School of Art. She restored Tigh-na-Beargh, House of the Loom, where she set up a weaving studio and sold her work, the fifth generation of MacDonalds to live and work there. She also produced a range of silver jewelry based on the historic designs of Iona silversmiths Alex Richtie and family relative Iain MacCormick.
In 2006 after much negotiation with the National Trust for Scotland, financial assistance from several sources and collaboration and time donated by architect and stonemason, the current shop and adjacent craft co-op opened in the restored St. Columba Steadings, farm buildings across the road from St. Columba’s Hotel.
From the website: “By encouraging local people to develop their creative and business skills the project has offered an economically sustainable future for 10 micro-businesses and has created a diverse and lively centre of creativity on Iona.”
You can find Aosdana on the web at

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