We, Emma and Amy, are the founders of The Selkie Collective. We met at a local Gaelic playgroup, and from there our relationship grew over the years. We found that we share similar beliefs on many women's issues, and we also both have a strong passion for the environment. Particularly in helping to preserve the beautiful natural landscape in which we live.
We decided to start The Selkie Collective so that we could firstly provide our community with the much needed Eco goods that we endlessly search for. We also wanted to help bring together people within the local community that are already doing wonderful things to support the environment, provide education for children with regards to our environmental impact. We also aim to provide a platform to help support local women in the community and in business.
THE SELKIE COLLECTIVE
The Selkie Collective is an eco conscious shop and community resource based on the Isle of Skye in the North West of Scotland. We aim to provide our local community with products, information, events and resources, which all have the environment and women’s health & wellbeing in mind. We have a passion for striving to take care of this beautiful planet and making it easier to make more sustainable choices, so that we can protect the environment for generations to come.
The Selkie Collective was founded by women and has a focus on providing a platform and support for other small, local and women owned businesses. We believe that women empowering each other and providing support in all areas of health and wellbeing can only help to uplift our community.
In Scottish mythology, selkie folk meaning "seal folk" are mythological beings capable of therianthropy, changing from seal to human form by shedding their skin.
When searching for what connects us in place and purpose, we felt that the idea of the selkie women coming onto the land and shedding their skin, giving into the desire of wanting to have freedom over their bodies to dance and sing, really resonated with us as women. Combined with our passion for the environment and want to do what we can to learn, grow, and work with others in our community, we felt that the Selkie encompassed our aim to support and nurture both women within our community and the natural environment, where our shared humanity exists.