Out of the Blue currently houses over 200 artists, arts organisations and other creative businesses at The Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Abbeymount Studios, NMR Studios (Niddrie Mains) and Out of the Blue Music Studios. The list below is a selection illustrating the range and quality.
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Asta Petkunaite was born in Lithuania in 1984 to a Russian mother and a Lithuanian father, moving to England at the age of 14. Not knowing the language and unable to communicate, painting became her lifeline, which developed into an intense relationship that survives to this day.
For Asta painting is a form of exorcism, an expression of her oblique vision of the world. Her paintings are subjective journeys into the psyche of her subjects, navigating a path through the narrative of life stories.
Each portrait strips away a façade to reveal something more visceral and raw. The works are ultimately moving, hypnotic, unsettling, using a unique aesthetic language.
Asta arrived in Scotland in 2002 as a self-taught painter, but initially trained and worked as a writer. In 2009, she took the decision to focus entirely on her art.
She first exhibited at Edinburgh’s Red Door Gallery in 2006, going on to work with the art collectives GO REBORN and Noir! in 2009. Her work has been showcased in the Capital’s Axolotl Gallery twice in 2010 as well as at numerous Art Fairs across the country. Her first solo show launched successfully at the beginning of this year. Since, she has taken part in three well received exhibitions and has been confirmed for more in the coming months.
Asta has also worked on a number of private commissions and has published a series of greetings cards which are now sold throughout selected stockists in the capital. She lives and paints in her studio on The Shore in Leith.
Moody Monday debuted to critical acclaim in 2014, led by designer and creative director Eliza Kesuma.
After graduating with a degree in Textiles & Design from Heriot-Watt University, Eliza undertook multiple freelance projects and work experience opportunities with notable design companies. In 2008, a major interiors company recruited her as part of their communication and design team.
Noticing a niche in the interiors market for distinctive designs that challenged traditional creative concepts, Eliza began developing a signature style that was innovative, stylish and luxurious. By embracing individuality, she strives to subvert people’s expectations of interior design with her highly original and provocative collections.
Moody Monday’s core philosophy that beauty can come from the unlikeliest of places underpins each design, product and project Eliza creates. Her ‘Secret Music Collection’, inspired by the hidden inner workings of an abandoned musical organ, produced exquisitely compelling designs that received widespread praise at exhibitions across the UK.
Along with a bespoke service that tailors design concepts to fit the specific needs of clients, Moody Monday welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with innovative interior companies, global brands and businesses.
The material goods we collect, use and abandon can speak of desire, hope and loss. If we step outside of our familiarity and dismissal of such objects, we can begin to appreciate them as artefacts and consider their value beyond monetary worth. The importance of things is exemplified in the collections that routinely furnish domestic worlds but also in the items we purchase in moments of upheaval. In response to death and birth we look for ways to channel grief or joy, and to alleviate loss of control.
In a cemetery, mass-produced creatures reveal the presence and absence of those who mourn. Sentinels to keep forgetting at bay, fighting the inadequacy of a neat, etched plaque. In the nearby homes of new parents, surfaces become cluttered with products bought to lessen the anxiety that comes with caring for a new being. Bpa-free nipples, spoons and teethers. A mound of easily lost, thrown, disposable, sterilised plastic that seems necessary in order to fix feeding, sleeping, or sanity.
Making becomes my way to meditate on the role of material culture. The time spent looking at, drawing and sculpting the everyday discloses a significance that belies our readiness to discard. The transformation into fragile ceramic material, subject to cracking and warping, mirrors a state of mind, a portrait of the self. By foregrounding the emotional context of material culture, my work invite others to engage with this collection and to share their own narratives.
Lorna’s designs evolve as a direct response to the screen-printing process. She enjoys working intuitively with a variety of imagery; layering, covering up and revealing is the core element of her practice. After working in interiors, fashion/costume for many years her imagery often has traces of these recurrent influences as well as the natural environment. She works directly from source, drawing and re-drawing images exploring a variety of media and deliberately changing the line, tone and mark making qualities of the drawing. She often combines photographic elements. “My overarching interest is in the surface pattern and rhythm, the spaces between the imagery and the colour palette”. Working with opaque and transparent ink gives her control of which areas to reveal or cover up. By overprinting, masking areas to reveal the previous images, she builds up a layered history of each moment.
Lorna has carried out commissions of hand-printed textile lengths, panels and wallpaper for events, parties and window displays. She has collaborated with other designers who require specific fabric prints for furniture, fashion and costume. She is currently developing her range of interior products under the design label, Blessed Unrest.
Ever since I was wee, I have always found joy in the visual order of things and organising my surroundings. For me, creating an artwork is like the excitement of moving into a new home and deciding where all your treasured objects belong.
I have a passionate fancy for all things geometric, fine liner pens, architecture, the colour swatch wall in the paint aisle, beach treasure combing, nostalgia, textiles and hygge-liness. My favourite way to get inspired is to wander around the glorious city of Edinburgh and take note of the beautiful details on my stroll.
As a perpetual worrier, I find the repetitive, orderly action of my process shooshes my mind and makes room for quiet concentration. I am naturally drawn to creating meticulous, intricate work which requires all my focus and as a result, slows down my breathing making my practice meditative and calming. Making art fulfils me not only in my desire to cram my life with beauty; it takes care of my wellbeing too!
After growing up in the Scottish Highlands and studying in Glasgow, I have settled as a freelancing visual artist in Edinburgh after studying Painting at Edinburgh College of Art where I developed my drawing style.
Suk-Wan Chan Designer is a womenswear brand created by Sophia Chan. Sophia began having a great interest in fashion and art from a very young age, which lead her to studying Art & Design in college before studying Fashion Design at Heriot-Watt University.
During the final year of her degree, she developed an interest with experimenting and mixing various methods of pattern cutting to create more sculptural and organic-like silhouettes.
Her designs focuses on mostly conceptual ideas inspired from various sources from philosophy to art as well as some inspirations from her Chinese heritage.
Her designs are perfect for anyone with a passion for classic, minimalist shapes and colours, with high quality finishes that are limited pieces and all made-upon-order in-house from her studio in Edinburgh.
Since starting up, the brand is now stocking at The Scottish Design Exchange as well as selling from Suk-Wan Chan Designer’s online shop and is continuously working on expanding into different online marketplaces such as Depop.
Lucy and Kitty are sisters who have grown up with the same interests in art, design and nature. Lucy graduated with a BA(HONS) in Design for Textiles at Heriot Watt University and Kitty graduated with a BA(HONS) in Fashion Textiles Design at Robert Gordon University in 2016.
It had been an idea of theirs for a long time to work together and build a brand that they would be able to express their creativity freely.
During their studies they both became very interested in environmental issues in regards to the textiles industry and started their research into ways of changing peoples perspectives on sustainable clothing.
Shortly after graduating Studio Five was born! They wanted to create stylish prints inspired by nature using their drawings, photography and collage skills. Studio Five’s aims are to use sustainable or alternative fabrics as much as possible with the hope to be 100% sustainable in the near future.
They also want to follow the slow fashion ethos of releasing two collections a year with a limited amount of stock to help reduce waste and the majority of the collection is made to order so each piece is unique and can be kept for a life time.
Cro + Kow is the joint creative space of photographers Sylwia Kowalczyk and Simon Crofts. We are based at Summerhall in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Sylwia studied photography at the Krakow Academy of Fine Art and Edinburgh College of Art, and Simon studied law at Oxford. We have a wide range of editorial, commercial and publishing clients, and we are also working constantly on our personal photo projects. More of Sylwia’s personal work is at http://www.sylwiakowalczyk.com, and Simon’s is at http://www.simoncroftsphoto.com.
We are available for photography assignments, whether in Scotland or abroad. Outside Scotland, we have a particular speciality of assignments to Ukraine, Russia, Poland and other Eastern European and former Soviet countries. Apart from English we speak fluent Polish and Russian and reasonable French!
Helen Miles trained with mastercraftsmen in Greece who taught using traditional methods with a focus on Byzantine iconography. She later became interested in Roman mosaics and now makes contemporary pieces inspired by ancient designs.
Born in Glasgow in 1963, Helen studied English at Oxford University before moving to America and the Middle East to work as a journalist. It was in 2003 while living in Thessaloniki in Greece, a UNESCO city famous for its concentration of Byzantine churches, that she began to study mosaics in the Byzantine tradition. This led to an interest in Roman mosaics and her passion for them went on to become a full time profession.
Helen Miles is based in Edinburgh and specializes in using Greek stone and marble as well as Winkleman unglazed porcelain. Her aim is to preserve the simplicity and directness of early mosaics while producing works which suit the way we live now.
Established in 2010, SilverHub Jewellery School is a professional contemporary jewellery studio. Located in Leith, Edinburgh’s creative quarter, we offer a broad range of day and evening classes and weekend workshops for aspiring jewellers.
At SilverHub Jewellery School and Studios we welcome and support emerging jewellery students with our programme of classes and courses.
Abigail Smith is an artist interested in how words can affect the way in which we visualise things. Her work concentrates on visual documentation of language.
Working with drawing, film and cameraless photography, Abigail’s work has previously centred around using the basic principles of photography to focus on the relationship between the moving and still image.
Abigail’s recent work is informed by a personal experience of living with anxiety and an interest in the diagnosis of mental illness.
This experience, coupled with extensive research into the historical use of photography and language in psychiatric care, lead her to consider the relationship between text and the photographic image.
Karina Pasiut is a contemporary Textile and Print designer.
Her artistic creations are rooted in drawing, painting, screen printing, dyestuff and tapestry taking inspiration from travels and observation of everyday life.
A handmade approach to design is crucial in her practice, stimulating her creativity and exploratory nature, although often supplemented with Photoshop and Cad designs.
Karina is highly passionate about screen print and works with reactive dyes, taking care of all stages from drawing to finished textile print to create unique and original prints.
Workshop After Six was established by a group of colleagues including the founder of 7B Design Ltd, Sinan Senturk. After handcraft leather products Sinan and his colleagues made in their spare time attracted a great deal of attention, they decided to establish their brand Workshop After Six, which signifies that these products are made with enthusiasm and devotion, out of the regular work hours.
This is a brand new line of business and its aim is to offer design leather products and accessories to people who seek for alternative looks. Workshop After Six uses cowhide leather, which is a byproduct of the food industry and prefers vegetable tanned leather where possible which is the most natural colouring process. Sales are currently made from the UK to all over the world. You may browse and buy the products here.
My current work explores and interprets languages of ornament from different cultures, places and periods in history. From my Edinburgh studio I create intricate and colourful ceramic objects that celebrate this fascination for ornament and pattern, using clay as a canvas on which to build richly drawn and layered surfaces of inlaid line, glaze colour and enamel decals.
Beyond the studio I develop projects and commissions that respond to people and places, using my interests as a platform from which to engage with new environments. This approach has lead to work in varied and sometimes unexpected settings, from an English Tudor banqueting room in Sheffield, to a country home on the Scottish Island of Raasay.
My work is often subtle, delicate and ambiguous but sometimes it can be bold, graphic and colourful. It usually takes the form of a print or a book, or a printed book. There is often text whether that is a title, a narrative, or just words.
A preoccupation for all things nautical has led to projects covering subjects including ocean currents, lighthouses and buoys. I am interested in the natural environment, for its potentially dramatic and changeable nature. Also, with the interactions of humankind with the natural environment. Often research and location based my work is made up of a combination of photography, print and collage. Creating sparse, compositions with a hint of humour.
Award winning designer Judy R Clark is famed for her exquisite hand tailored womenswear designs comprising of Harris Tweeds, Scottish lace and antique fabric.
Tipped by British Vogue as one to watch, Clark has carved a credible name for herself in the fashion industry designing womenswear pieces with an eccentric edge in her signature tailoring. The designer has created installations, exhibitions and bespoke ranges for several companies resulting in a series of prestigious accolades for her innovative and creative approach to fashion design.
Painting, mostly in oils, in Edinburgh and East Lothian. Inspired by the light, weather and seasonal phenomena. Occasionally also by strange beasts and plants.
Each painting is influenced by the preparation of the surface and materials, often based on very old recipes and techniques.
The single most important attribute a professional photographer has and a client needs, is a point of view.
It’s the product of hard graft, experience and years of passion for creating high quality, relevant, memorable and cost effective images.
I work documenting people, finished pieces and projects through photography or film, working either in my studio or on location with whatever format is appropriate.
I take attention to detail and accurate colour reproduction; clients can rest assured that their project is handled with enthusiasm and an understanding of time and budgetary constraints.
At Happy Retro we love colour and we love retro. There is nothing more satisfying than saving a sad piece of furniture and transforming it into a unique, colourful piece that will brighten up your interior.
Based in Edinburgh, we source mostly mid-century furniture, as it satisfies our love of minimal design and curves. We then get to work by handpainting unique, contemporary designs onto the furniture, creating bright happy pieces we hope you will love.