Alumni of Out of the Blue
Below is a directory of artists who once resided at an Out of the Blue property and have helped shape our future.
We are an Edinburgh-wide arts project based at Out of the Blue Drill Hall, in the heart of Leith. We offer free opportunities for people aged 13-25 to get involved in arts and we support aspiring artists and performers to develop their talent.
Ailie Cohen is an illustrator, designer, puppet maker, performer and puppetry director, creating emotionally rich and compelling theatrical experiences which highlight the beauty and surreal in the everyday.
Alchemy Arts initiates and provides socially inclusive and environmentally aware art projects. Our workshops and community projects use recycled resources to transform perceptions of ourselves and our environment through the transformation of materials. We use art, music, storytelling and performance to encourage creativity in a fun and accessible atmosphere.
Cassian is an Editor, Producer and Writer, with a passion for the historical and prehistorical, and a love of story telling. He has developed and helped to develop many television projects both in drama and in factual, and helped to produce the hit, award winning, JUDGE JOHN DEED for BBC 1, and is currently helping develop a new crime drama for ITV. Trained on Avid Media composer, but also has his own FInal Cut 7 running off a MacBook Pro, with Graid drives. Cassian recently finished cutting the Exodus169 Kickstarter pitch When not pursuing media projects or Archaeological interests, Cassian is usually at the park with his two sons, or else down at his Systema class (Russian Martial Art).
I set up Copper Mango five years ago after escaping the world of IT to pursue my dream of being a professional photographer. I’ve been interested in photography since childhood when I used to take pictures of my Action Man in various scenes I had set up – much to my mum’s confusion when she got her holiday snaps back!
I bought my first ‘proper’ camera aged 15 with some money left to me by my granddad and used it to take promotional shots for the band I was in at the time. I initially saw it as a hobby – who knew you could have a career doing the thing you loved? – but then I held two successful photography exhibitions which were the catalyst for me to take the leap and switch careers. So I guess you could say I’ve finally found my niche in life, if a little later than planned.
As a huge food fan, I was drawn at first to food photography and gradually gained experience in architectural, portrait, fashion, product and commercial photography. I understand what makes a great photograph and will happily discuss my versatile approach beforehand to ensure clients get the results they are looking for. I always research ideas in the lead-up to a shoot and clients can have as much or as little creative input as they wish. My work has appeared in a range of regional and national media including newspapers and lifestyle magazines.
When not working, I love eating out, music, film and exhibitions as well as enjoying the great outdoors, especially on long walks with Mary andBailey our Cocker Spaniel.
If you would like to discuss your particular project or find out more then please get in touch for an informal chat.
Award winning performance company, Curious Seed, was formed in 2005 by Scottish choreographer and Artistic Director, Christine Devaney.
Curious Seed’s vision is to create engaging, thought provoking, uncompromising performance work with physical expression at its core. The company is committed to exploring new ways of challenging and developing the scope of movement-based performance. There is an emphasis on engaging in a process that evolves and is appropriate to each project. Curious Seed has a history of collaborating with a core of outstanding artists across the arts – musicians, actors, dancers, designers and filmmakers.
I develop drawings, sculpture, works on paper and digital collage that invoke a Surrealist thinking and Pop aesthetic. I enjoy the emotional conotations resulting from the juxtaposition of seemingly disparate elements. My work expands small collages and ideas to create larger tactile wall and floor pieces. The process experiments with the textures, flavours and possibilities of found materials and composition.
Designers on the Run provide graphic, web design and related services with an ethical and environmental twist.
Diamond Event Services is Scotland’s premier crew company; supplying corporate crew and event staff to the Scottish Event’s Industry for the past eight years.
Dirty Earth Pottery Classes, Edinburgh
The Dirty Earth studio is a fully equipped ground floor pottery studio in Edinburgh focusing on hand building and sculpture classes for everyone aged 1-100.
Dirty Earth was founded in April 2016 by Bonnie Fairbrass, where she now teaches pottery classes in Edinburgh.
Classes are small and intimate with a focus on creating a fun and relaxing environment.
Lessons are creative and informative with each participant receiving the skills and encouragement to undertake exciting projects in clay construction that result in beautiful, functional and sculptural pieces to treasure or to share.
Emma McDowall is an emerging artist currently based in Edinburgh.
Emma received a BA (Hons) in Printed Textile Design from Gray’s School of Art in 2016. Her time spent at university was both fun and experimental – it allowed for the development of Emma’s practice and approach to materials, form and colour.
After graduating and returning to her small hometown with no access to textile equipment, Emma’s ingrained curiosity and drive to create led her to source unusual and found materials. Experimenting with forms and recipes from the modesty of her parent’s garden shed, she created art objects and vessels, channelling her creativity into something a little less orthodox than silk screen printing.
Nearly one year later, Emma works from her studio in Edinburgh, creating collections of contemporary concrete products including vessels, art objects and home wares. Each piece is carefully crafted by hand from start to finish with many pieces still moulded using found or recycled materials. Each product is completely unique in its colour, texture and design – suited to a curated space, to be viewed as art, craft and product.
The main focus of the work is colour and material play. Each colour palette is deliberate and carefully considered however, the lack of control over the process results in a naturally occurring surface pattern and textural imperfections