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.
Depends on the Day
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
Designers on the Run provide graphic, web design and related services with an ethical and environmental twist.
Diamond Event Services
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 Studio
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.
Eleanor Patton Jewellery at SilverHub Studios
Using adornment and contemporary jewellery design to explore mental health, illness and recovery.
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.
I paint watercolours and line and wash paintings mainly of still life, flowers and animals and birds. I also sell a range of products such as calendars, cards, fridge magnets, mugs and tea towels featuring my work. My work has been reproduced by International card companies. I have also exhibited throughout the UK and Spain. More recently I have had work selected for the annual RSW exhibition. Currently I have paintings exhibited at One20 in Dundas Street Edinburgh – also at Porteous and co Hidden Lane Argyll Street Glasgow and J Innes in St Andrews. I take part in the Colony of Artists exhibition every year an event that I was the founder member of. I have also exhibited at the Annual Pittenweem Arts Festival for 17 years.