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.
Once upon a time…
Chloe trained as a jeweller at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, and graduated in 2014. Since then she has been developing her creative practice,; creating jewellery and artwork based on stories and mythologies.
Chloe creates highly patterned work. Her drawings are akin to the zentangle style, and this is also reflected in her etched style metalwork. She uses the patterns to create narratives, and explore visual storytelling through the fine arts, and the wearable jewellery creations she makes in the workshop here.
And they all lived happily ever after…
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.
Craig is a science communicator with a background in environmental science and a passion for educating people about the many ecological, economic and nutritional benefits of sustainable insect farming. He is responsible for the educational output of Bugs for Life in Benin and delivers talks and outreach events for the charity in the UK. Craigs career as a science communicator and entomophagy advocate has taken him all over the world, from performing at numerous music festivals across Britain to demonstrating street science in the UAE and delivering educational programmes in India and Ghana. He has also worked on the UKs biggest touring science outreach project and created workshops and shows in his role as an event developer for the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Crocus Design is an independent textile design company. We design silk scarves, cushions, wallpapers, cards and fabric.
The designs are inspired by travel, nature and colour using a mixture of hand drawn and scanned images layered together to make unique repeat designs.
Make an appointment with us and let us help us make design decisions that best suit your personality and lifestyle. Cost will be tailored to each size of project and your budget. With our promise of a professional service creating stylish spaces to make you life at home easier and be an extension of you.
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.
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.
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.
Turning your chairs into a functional art piece.
I am an upholsterer. Mainly working with remnants, upcycled fabrics and other interesting things I find to make my chairs unique, story worthy and eye catching.
Scottish wools are my preferred fabric when using something new.
I design some of my own pieces as well as taking on commissions.
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.
Hello! I’m Emily MacKenzie, an illustrator based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
I live in a multi-coloured world full of brightly patterned objects, boldly printed fabrics, and exotic papers which fuel my inky fingers and feed my passion for screen printing.
My illustrative work draws from childhood memories, everyday observations, and my vivid imagination. In my mind, bears eat ice cream, seagulls talk and sausage dogs wear t-shirts! I work mainly with ink and watercolours on paper, but also enjoy bringing my characters to life in the form of 3D screen printed and hand-embroidered plushes.
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
I initially studied Textile Design at Leeds University before going on to study Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Edinburgh University where I achieved my masters in 2014.
Whilst in my final years of study at university I began to lay the foundations for establishing myself as a freelance designer. I started a blog and began to work on getting my designs known across Edinburgh and beyond; I attended local arts markets, exhibited in galleries and sold my work in selected shops across the UK. Post graduation, I continued my practice from my studio at Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts where I was awarded a place on their Graduate Scheme. During this period I was fortunate to work for many clients including M&S, Eyefix, and Danish fashion brand Bruuns Bazzar.
In January 2016 I moved to London to commence my role as Print Designer and Head of Textiles for Dame Zandra Rhodes. This position allowed me to further develop my skills and to work on some truly unique projects. Most notable of which was the print collaboration with Valentino for their S/S ‘17 collection.
I now focus solely on my freelance work and continue to develop commercial projects as well as private commissions.