My name is Mary Macgregor and I work under the name BAKKA.
BAKKA produces Fair Isle textiles to the highest quality and standards. It preserves Shetland's rich knitwear heritage by using the oldest Fair Isle patterns and colours in a contemporary manner. All pieces are knitted in a unique reversible Fair Isle fabric which gives colour inversion on the reverse side and eliminates the loops. I use the world-leading 100% superfine merino yarn from Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia.
There are wearable accessories and a growing number of pieces for the home; throws and tablecloths. In today's world of fast-living, it's important that wearables are easy to wear and come with easy after-care. My products can be hand-washed very successfully and with care, should last many years. They are truely timeless, contemporary classics.
BAKKA's products are completely sustainable and traceable. Also, it operates a zero-waste policy; all samples and waste pieces are upcycled and turned into useful objects.
My background is in mathematical economics and business (BA,PhD). I moved to Shetland to start this business after successfully raising my family. BAKKA launched in December 2016.
I took a one-semester course at Shetland College UHI to learn use of the hand-frame and flat domestic knitting machines.
I am a directory member of Craft Scotland, the Crafts Council, Design-Nation, Contemporary Applied Arts, Textiles Scotland and UKFT.
Exhibitions and Online Showcases:
2017 and 2018 Craft Scotland Summer Show
2019 #ScotlandIsNow in Yokohama, Japan during the Rugby World Cup, organised by SDI. Also separately part of Craft Scotland's showcase at the same time.
2020 Design-Nation's 20Makers, 20Objects
2020 Dutch Design Week, Creating 3D Fair Isle Designs
2018 British Museum, Game of Ur Scarves
The Longship, Orkney
Scottish Textile Showcase, Edinburgh