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.
Morris of Portobello
Janie is a designer and maker of furniture and wooden crafts.
Morris of Portobello’s creative vision is to make beautifully functional well-made pieces of wooden furniture with both practical purpose and artistic merit. Janie’s work is based on strong design features, executed in high quality and sustainably sourced (locally when possible) wood.
The Paper Doll Militia are pioneers in cross-genre performance, seamlessly weaving dynamic physicality, aerial arts, and visual theatre = Aerial Theater.
Pirate Dog Design
PyroCeltica is an Edinburgh based crew of Fire performers, Musicians and Technicians. We tailor make special performances unique to every event we attend. Our versatile crew always put on an exciting show, engaging audiences with mesmerizing sounds and displays of Fiery delights. This years main show is ‘Clash of the Clans’, coming to a festival near you. Watch us Play.
Rona Innes Art
After graduating in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and completing a Masters in Computers in Design at Middlesex University I worked as a Special Effects Artist on Hollywood feature films. The digital techniques have proved invaluable when combining hand drawn artwork with multiple layers of photographic textures or doing prep work for printmaking.
While living ‘down south’ I freelanced as a commercial artist. My work appeared in national museums including The Churchill War Rooms, on digital billboards around the world and as stage projections in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, The Southbank Centre and on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury.
I also worked with bands including The Who and Julian Cope and had work in window displays and interiors of leading high street retailers including Selfridges and DicksonCyberExpress in Hong Kong.
During this period I also lectured in several universities including Glasgow School of Art and the London College of Music & Media.
Rory Middleton lives and works in Portobello, Scotland. He studied at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh and Falmouth School of Art and received his MFA at the Glasgow School of Art in 2006.
In his work he uses a collage of elements from architecture, nature, speech and sound depicting subtly shifting and morphing landscapes and wildlife creating space in which to contemplate the world around us.
During my 15 years in the industry I have created designs for print and screen for all manner of clients, from a sole trader about to launch a business to an established multinational with a turnover of billions.
Sally J Fisher
Sally Fisher is a painter and printmaker based in Leith, Edinburgh. She became a full time artist in 2013, when she set-up Salgallery.
Sally works on her collagraph prints at home, designing and creating the “plates” using mount card. She cuts lines with a craft knife and sometimes adds texture before printing with an etching press at Edinburgh Printmakers.
Born 1987, Glasgow.
Based in Edinburgh.
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I’m fascinated by the physicality and spirit of a body and it’s potential for pleasure, pain and expression. Idiosyncratic character is intrinsically important in my work but an anatomical, pulsing, critical view is also there. The image is an accurate representation but the close detail is an expressive pattern describing minute features. It’s a record of my examination of the subject and my relationship with them rather than a slavish copy of their every pore. I like using body paint and projectors to give my subjects something to interact with which often leads to an image which articulates the anatomy of the body or lets them be part of the process in deciding which pose or composition works best. It’s interesting to watch how people react with these tools and whether they use them self consciously or instinctively. The potential ambiguity and tension in the eye contact of a still image is something I find enormously compelling and I have tried to appeal for a reaction in the viewer. The quality of flesh, its contrasting textures and tensions, the density and potential of muscle and the irregularity and dimples in fatty tissue are important in the way I want to describe any given subject. I want the bodies I paint to be a strange mixture of lurid, glistening attraction and true empathic realism avoiding elegant cliches. They reflect private selves and acknowledge my inescapable role as a voyeur in observing and recreating them. A period of serious illness has detached my idea of personality from physicality – I want to paint the two back together again.
I’m a writer, performer and producer who loves the story in everything. Part of Debasers Filums, and available to go outside for MC work or happy to stay inside for copywriting, script writing and development work.
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.