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.
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 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.
Born in 1990 (just a young’un!), live in Edinburgh and have always had a passion for taking photos. I like to shoot a bit of everything, from static landscapes and architecture, to gigs/club nights, portraits and “action shots”. I’ve done my fair share of weddings and events over the years and have plenty references from satisfied clients. Drop me a line if you have something in mind, I’m always happy for an excuse to take photos.
Strollers Music School will teach you how to make music, not just play it. We believe that is is more important to help our students to fulfil their own personal goals, rather that just stick to a curriculum.
The school was started by Tomlin Leckie as an antidote to all the music teachers out there who are just keeping one step ahead of their students rather than truly knowing their stuff.
At Strollers all of our tutors are full-time musicians with years of experience teaching and excellent credentials.
We offer tuition in guitar, blues harmonica, piano, bass guitar and ukulele.
Lucy and Kitty are sisters who have grown up with the same interests in art, design and nature. Lucy graduated with a BA(HONS) in Design for Textiles at Heriot Watt University and Kitty graduated with a BA(HONS) in Fashion Textiles Design at Robert Gordon University in 2016.
It had been an idea of theirs for a long time to work together and build a brand that they would be able to express their creativity freely.
During their studies they both became very interested in environmental issues in regards to the textiles industry and started their research into ways of changing peoples perspectives on sustainable clothing.
Shortly after graduating Studio Five was born! They wanted to create stylish prints inspired by nature using their drawings, photography and collage skills. Studio Five’s aims are to use sustainable or alternative fabrics as much as possible with the hope to be 100% sustainable in the near future.
They also want to follow the slow fashion ethos of releasing two collections a year with a limited amount of stock to help reduce waste and the majority of the collection is made to order so each piece is unique and can be kept for a life time.
Suk-Wan Chan Designer is a womenswear brand created by Sophia Chan. Sophia began having a great interest in fashion and art from a very young age, which lead her to studying Art & Design in college before studying Fashion Design at Heriot-Watt University.
During the final year of her degree, she developed an interest with experimenting and mixing various methods of pattern cutting to create more sculptural and organic-like silhouettes.
Her designs focuses on mostly conceptual ideas inspired from various sources from philosophy to art as well as some inspirations from her Chinese heritage.
Her designs are perfect for anyone with a passion for classic, minimalist shapes and colours, with high quality finishes that are limited pieces and all made-upon-order in-house from her studio in Edinburgh.
Since starting up, the brand is now stocking at The Scottish Design Exchange as well as selling from Suk-Wan Chan Designer’s online shop and is continuously working on expanding into different online marketplaces such as Depop.
Dr Sara Watkin offers a service that combines physiotherapy, osteopathic and psycho-physical educational tools to manage pain or disability.
Verden is Edinburgh’s premier rehearsal & recording facility boasting a range of rooms and equipment to suit all needs. Established in 2004, Verden has grown from a one room set up to an impressive 8 room multi-purpose facility. Situated in sunny Portobello just 2 mins walk from the beach Verden is an airy and relaxing place to rehearse or record.
Where’s the One? provides drumming workshops, memorable musical experiences and special events across the community, including schools, youth and teambuilding for businesses.
Yellow Bubble is an independent luxury knitwear brand based in Edinburgh.
We create handmade, brightly coloured contemporary knitwear and accessories from our studio in the heart of Edinburgh.
The brand is owned by Jenny McCraw who graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 2015 and has been building Yellow Bubble ever since. She also won the Herald Scottish Fashion Award for Graduate of the Year in 2016.