Friday, 11 December 2009

Christmas Opening Hours

Our opening hours in the run up to Christmas are as follows:

Mon - 9:30am - 5:15pm

Tue - 9:30am - 5:15pm

Wed - 12noon - 5:15pm

Thur - 9:30am - 9pm

Fri - 9:30am - 5:15pm

Sat - 9:30am -5:15pm

Sun - 12noon - 4pm

We will close at 5pm on Christmas eve and remain closed until Tuesday 5th January when normal opening hours will commence.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Christmas is coming.....

We are now almost fully stocked for Christmas thanks to last weeks arrival of brooches and cute little hairclips from Lovely Pigeon and some more prints from Jane Foster.

We also have a good few new suppliers including Alice Melvin, Andrea Williamson, Karen Davies Stained Glass (Christmas stained glass decorations due in early next week).

ISAK products have been selling fast and another order, including some new designs we haven't stocked before, should be with us in the next few days.

We are now on Facebook and Twitter so please follow us there for more updates.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Flock of Birds Arrive in Shop

A few days ago the postman delivered a much awaited parcel of new stock from Hannah Turner Ceramics. Her retro designed ceramic birds are as cute and comical in person as they look online and a selection of baby birds, chatterbills, crested fantails and the like are now at home on the shelves in our shop. I'm sure they won't be there long before they are all snapped up.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Exciting New Arrival....

We are very happy (and a peerie bit excited) to say that Alfie has arrived.

We are taking a bit of time out from the shop so our opening hours are reduced for the next couple of weeks to the following:

Weeks commencing 7th and 14th September

Mon - Closed

Tues - Closed

Wed - Closed

Thur - Open 9:30 - 5:15

Fri - Open 9:30 - 5:15

Sat - Open 9:30 - 5:15

Sun - Closed

Friday, 4 September 2009

Scandi Style

We are really pleased to have receive some great new stock in the shop from English based Scandinavian designer Sandra Isaksson, her Company ISAK produces some stylish homewares.

We currently have in stock a selection of breadboards,which are made from compressed wood (from sustainable sources) and then laminated. This makes them able to withstand heat which also means they make great placemats for the table:

Trays made from sustainable sourced birchwod and part handmade in Sweden:

All the trays and breadboards come with free re-useable 100% cotton tote bag

and cute porcelain pots with oak lids:

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Pictures and Prints

Now that we are a few months into being open I thought I'd put together a little post about all the lovely artwork we've got in the shop right now.

The gallery space has been exhibiting photography by Mark, a selection of photos from his fairly extensive collection of Shetland images, lots of coastal scenes but some other stuff too. We're sticking with this exhibition in the gallery for just now but we'll be mixing it up with a a few other artists in the coming months, in the meantime Mark is changing the photos he's got on the walls so theres always something new to look at.

Downstairs in the shop area we have a small selection of orginal watercolours of Shetland by local artist Mary Shearer, only a couple left now....

We also have a selection of screenprinted artworks, some of them limited edition by various British artists:

Recently arrived are 2 lovely framed images by Lisa Jones, who also makes the cute googley eyed cards we've been stocking since we opened.

Lovely hand pulled screenprints by Bold an Noble, we are very pleased to get these prints in stock as they have been featuring in all the interiors and design magazines lately. We have some of these framed but a larger selection are available to browse through in the print bins in the upstairs gallery.

Lastly we have a variety of framed limited edition screen prints by Jane Foster, these have been very popular and we're happy to have a second order of them in stock now with new designs and colours.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Advert and Website Updates

Mark has been busy taking lots of product shots of the lovely stock we've got in the shop at the moment, and he's made us up a publicity poster which I hope gives a good indication of the range of stuff we've got for sale!
We've also quickly updated the website, its still a holding page for more to come.......hopefully in the near future the online shop will be up and running.
In the meantime amuse yourself by finding out your interior decorating style by taking this quiz by The International School of Color and Design ( found via How About Orange Blog)

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Busy Weekend and More Stock in the Shop

We've had a busy weekend taking part in the Flavour of Shetland event on Victoria pier where we were selling our photography and textiles in the scorching heat (its a hard life!). Its back to normal shop-life today and I'm really pleased to say that we've got some more lovely prints in from Jane Foster

and some of her cool retro cats like these:

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

New Brooches in the Shop

We had some of these lovely brooches from Jane Smallcombe in stock when we opened but they've been so popular we had nearly sold out. So I was really pleased when we had another delivery of these brooches arrive today.
They are all handmade by Jane and each one is unique, she never makes exactly the same one twice, clever lady.

We are expecting more new stock in over the next few days.....very exciting


Thursday, 4 June 2009

PhatSheep Fabric Arrives

Bolts of PhatSheep Fabric in the Croft House and Fair Isle Jumper designs arrived yesterday. This is upholstery weight fabric, great for interiors projects.

It will be for sale by the metre in the shop in the next few days, I'm pleased to be able to offer these fabrics for sale finally after so many requests, I think they'd make great curtains......

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Were Open!

Finally after weeks of re-decorating we are open!

Heres the inside of the shop, we opened last weekend and things have been going good so far. Its been busy and lovely, after all our efforts over the past 6 weeks, to have so many people stop by and tell us how nice its looking.

Our range of items seems to be selling well and I'm already ordering up some new stock which should arrive in the next few weeks.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Lisa Jones Cards

Starting to fill the shelves and have been busy stocking up our card rack with some cute hand printed cards from Lisa Jones Studio, I especially like that they have googly eyes!


Sunday, 17 May 2009

Sign Painting

Mark has been painting the sign for the front of the shop, looking good I think.....less than a week to go till we open now, we've finally set a date for next Saturday!

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Nearly There......

Flooring is in, Shelving is being made, Stock is being unpacked and we're a week away from opening......phew!

We are very excited to have a lovely selection of prints in stock from Bold and Noble, heres a sneak peek....
Bold and Noble screenprints are hand pulled here in the UK on 100% recycled card. They have great range of prints and we are pleased to have them for sale in the gallery.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Bright and White

Over the past week there has been lots of activity and now the shop and gallery is looking very white!

We had been hoping to open at the start of May but now its looking more like mid May, which is a shame, but we are waiting on flooring and other bits and pieces to be completed so an earlier opening time just isn't possible.
Deliveries of stock have been arriving amongst the many boxes are lovely notebooks from PumpkinSputnik, prints and purses from Jane Foster and Brooches from Applique.....

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Mogg It Blog

Totally un-gallery related but a very amusing read, go check it out:

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Work in Progress

Heres some pics of the "Work in Progress" that is the gallery shop!!,its hard to imagine how it will all come together in a couple of weeks.


Gallery Space


The workshop is now minus the dodgy carpet and all painted white... big improvement. The Gallery space is coming together and the downstairs has had at least some of the not very attractive woodchip removed, still a long way to go....

Painted workshop

More excitingly stock has started to arrive already which is great, I'll start to post some pics and info about the artists and designers shortly once I've had a chance to unpack it and take some pics, but in the meantime I'l leave you to imagine what these spaces will finish up looking like!


Saturday, 4 April 2009


Hello and welcome to the North Rock Gallery Blog. We are Mark and Suzanne and we'll both be blogging here with news from the gallery.
North Rock Gallery is not yet open but it will be shortly, its located in Lerwick in the Shetland Isles, which are group of islands off the north coast of Scotland.
At the moment the gallery is a bit of a building site, with paper half stripped off, bare floor boards and half made cupboards, BUT we'll be working on it lots over the next month or so and hope to keep you up to date with our redecoration and preperations for opening.
Once we are open we'll be telling you about the artists we have exhibiting and the stock we have in the shop as well as a bit of general news about the day to day activities in the shop.