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.
Jenna Corcoran is an artist from Melbourne, Australia, currently based in Edinburgh. She works across a range of media including video, installation, performance, photography, painting and drawing. Corcoran graduated with a PhD in Visual Art from Victoria University in 2011 and continued to lecture there in Creative Arts Industries and Visual Art until she relocated to Edinburgh in August 2014. She has been a committee member of Brunswick Arts Space and is currently working with Scottish artist and poet Alec Finlay as his Studio Director.
Through her work, Jennie investigates how humans perceive and interact with the world around us; most of her work relates to truth and the manipulation of the truth. Recently she has focused on unusual belief systems, particularly Flat Earth Theory, and constructed environments, real or imagined. She enjoys repeating tropes in her work – for example using grids as a device to delineate space or hands to represent humanity. She mainly uses collage and screen-printing to express her ideas and finds that these layered processes reflect the layers of meaning in her work.
I am inspired by evolution: my aim is to reflect the potential positives I see from our progress as a species, which has taken one step further on the evolutionary ladder. We shape the world and our future with the technology born from our natural creativity. With my project ‘The Laser Garden’ I aim to capture a glimpse of that positivity through sculpture and performance.
The project centres around wearable laser sculptures.
JoJo Blue Design
From our studio based in Edinburgh, we handcraft beautiful, intricate jewellery from acrylic and resin, creating one-of-a-kind pieces that are truly unique.
We create contemporary pieces that express a love of colour and abstract form, believing in the power of colour and art to express who we are and as a mark of our individuality.
From geometric statement pieces that call to mind a sandy beach on a summer’s day to versatile necklaces that mimic the wings of fireflies, JoJo Blue Design’s pieces encapsulate the beauty of nature, paying tribute to the freedom of the unexpected.
Jonathan Hunter Mosaic Design
I design and build mosaic for all types of solid surfaces, including floors, walls and wall panels.
Jonathan Pang Furniture
I am an Edinburgh based furniture maker and designer specialising in custom made pieces. Originally from Glasgow, I moved to Edinburgh 6 years ago and established my studio in 2015.
My passion is for clean, simple designs incorporating subtle, yet intricate, detail. I am inspired by Japanese and Scandinavian pieces due to the simplicity of their design but the high level of skill involved in the creative process. I love to incorporate contrasting details, such as different timbers within the same piece or complementary details such as metal or leather work to lift the simple design to something personal and unique.
Josephine M creates magnificent bespoke furniture, leather goods and objets d’art. All original pieces designed and hand crafted in Scotland, available for shipping worldwide. Commissions welcome.
Karl Macrae Music
Inclusive music making for all. Specialising in working with children, young people and adults with additional support needs. I teach general musicianships skills, piano, accordion, violin, voice, keyboard, theory and recorder.
Key To Music
I’m the director of Key To Music, and I founded it to share my passion for music. I set up a music education service in London in 2005 before relocating to Edinburgh and founding another, and it gives me huge satisfaction to see the students I began teaching when they were not yet in their teens now performing their own compositions in pubs and clubs a few years later. I teach guitar, singing and composition.
My approach to teaching can be distilled to three key ideas: firstly, a student needs to feel comfortable in their environment in order to learn most effectively and express themselves most freely. Secondly, new information or skills become embedded and mastered most effectively when they are actively applied. Thirdly, music is composite of many different skills and aptitudes, and these all need to be developed in tandem in order to be able to express yourself musically. A traditional model of tuition whereby a student learns some new content, reviews it in the next lesson and then gets more content works for some types of student but not everybody, and can result in an unbalanced skill set, where a student is able to play some pieces but has no real understanding of how use and combine musical elements themselves. I address this by presenting content in such a way that students are apply to use new information in various different musical contexts and integrate it into what they are already able to do.
I aim to find out what results and goals a student is looking for, and to help advise on setting goals where applicable, and then match the student with the lesson format that is going to deliver those results in the best way. Opportunities for ensemble music are very enjoyable and can really fast track a student’s development, and I make sure these are available to students on a regular basis when they are part of the Key To Music community.
I am a member of an international network of music educators working to continually improve and refine all parts of our education practice and my students benefit from my access to this resource. I look forward to helping you set your own musical goals and reach them.
A real live local artist who can be commissioned to make bespoke stuff that’s truly made to treasure. Helium balloons, sewing and pattern cutting, painting and drawing, all crafts.
Kirsten graduated with a First Class (Hons) from Edinburgh College of Art in 1999. After graduating she spent 18months travelling and working in Australia and South East Asia. Since then she has completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Moray House, Edinburgh and went on to work as an art teacher in Edinburgh and Shetland in a variety of both Primary and Secondary schools. Currently she has a studio at the St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh and works as an art teacher in Midlothian. She has exhibited in various galleries and exhibitions in Scotland and has paintings in private collections in the U.K, Australia and France.
Contemporary Silversmithing & Jewellery.
Kirsty Eaglesfield’s contemporary silverware and jewellery is inspired by the way the sea weathers and erodes objects changing their form, colour and texture. Tumbled piles of fish crates, old buoys, pieces of sea-washed glass, driftwood and the construction and shapes of boats are all central to her work as a silversmith. Used, worn objects and the way they have been patched-up and repaired, often modified for a use different to the object’s original purpose also inspire her.
Konishi Gaffney are an award winning architecture practice led by Kieran Gaffney, a Scottish architect, and Makiko Konishi, a Japanese designer.