Orkney jewellery designer Alison Moore has taken the plunge into homeware, creating a striking range of goods incorporating the stunning, award-winning underwater images she takes when diving in the seas around the islands.

Alison swimming underwater next to a shipwreck

The new collection includes vibrant jellyfish tote bags and sumptuous seaweed cushions, in addition to tea-towels and washbags. Each piece features one Alison’s photographs revealing Orkney’s rich and colourful oceanic environment. More items are set to be added to the range in the coming months.

Alison, a keen snorkeler, scuba diver and sea-kayaker, has been taking underwater photographs over the past few years, winning top awards for her images in the process. Several of her pictures are displayed in her Dounby jewellery workshop and gallery, in Orkney’s west mainland, and she also sells prints of her work.

Red beadlet anemones in cave

“When I’m not creating jewellery, you’ll probably find me in the sea and usually underwater,” says Alison, who has been at the helm of Alison Moore Designs for the past 11 years. “I recently began offering prints of my underwater photography for sale in my workshop and online, and I’ve created jewellery collections based on the life I see when I’m diving too. I’ve been keen to move into homeware for a while now, so it was a logical decision to try and incorporate my undersea imagery into the collection.”

Freediver underwater next to shipwreck

“I’m passionate about keeping our oceans and beaches clean, with a determination to eliminate as much plastic from our environment as possible,” she says. “It was essential, therefore, that the new homeware range was created with this ethos in mind.”

She adds: “I’m delighted with the new homeware range and hope it’ll be well received by customers. After all, who doesn’t need a jellyfish tote bag for the shopping, or a seaweed cushion on the sofa?”

Underwater image cushions on a sofa
Read more about Alison's underwater story on the Orkney.com website
Orkney.com website