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.
Drawings and paintings of wildlife in and around Edinburgh
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.
Erin Fraser is an interdisciplinary artist that works primarily in photography, the moving image and installation art. Her practice explores the ephemerality of contemporary life and examines social, political and cultural issues in a purely critical way. By reflecting on these issues she hopes to open up a dialogue with people and to challenge their preconceived views!
Euan Lind Design
Eureka Edinburgh is a team of performers, scientists, writers and dreamers gathered together to bring fun, enjoyment, and to inspire curiosity in the wonderful world around us. We run a monthly science cabaret evening in Edinburgh along with producing and curating bespoke events, theatre shows, educational workshops and public engagement courses.
Studio of independent graphic designer Anna Chapman. Specialising in print, identity and book design for cultural and voluntary sector organisations.
Fudge The Artist
Full Cirqle is a space dedicated to classes, training, creation and play across the huge range of arts and sports that make up contemporary circus.
The building includes a dance studio, two rehearsal areas, office space for circus business and a barn for aerial training and acrobatics.
Full Cirqle is home to dozens of performers with facilities to run public classes and rehearsal space for shows. Affordable space is available for productions and training.
Hannah Eccles Jewellery
Hannah is an Edinburgh Jeweller who graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010. She has since been an Artist in Residence at the Glasgow School of Art and has been working towards exhibitions in the UK and abroad. She is consistently developing new ideas and collections.
Happy Retro Furniture
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.
Haze Candles have been created with mixing our love for nature, scents and light. Using 100% natural soy wax and essential oils as the only two ingredients for our candles, we produce candles that are environmentally friendly. Relax your body and soul with HAZE.
HODA use creativity and outdoors activities to bring out the best in young people of all abilities and from all backgrounds. Developing an awareness of the environment through projects that offer a space to respond, using visual art-forms and music to reflect.
By running workshops which integrate animation, music we have built up our reputation for delivering exciting site-specific events across the length and breadth of Scotland.