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.
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
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.
I have a long-held aesthetic interest in abstraction, ecology and modernism. My recent series of drawings and etchings are based upon native wildflowers found in my local urban environment. I see my work as subliminal messaging for nature at a time when it is so greatly overlooked.
With an intuitive drawing approach of observation and listening, I aim to capture the inner being and design of the plants, their unique character. I have an understanding of sacred geometry and often work with graph paper as a geometric foundation.
This is a slow, calm, quiet process I prefer to practice outdoors.
These drawings are my homage to natural phenomena, silent yet vital and often found hiding right under our noses. Like many species in our rapidly industrialised world, these small species come under great threat by encroaching development, habitat errosion and chemical pollutants. However, against the odds they persist, and I celebrate their tenacity to grow and bloom and play their part in our shared ecosystem.
The Mindful Body
Dr Sara Watkin offers a service that combines physiotherapy, osteopathic and psycho-physical educational tools to manage pain or disability.
The Plughole SINK
SiNK compose music on the spot – a sax, accordion and violin weave an acoustic tapestry which is draped momentarily around their listeners.
Thistle Sew Nicely
Thistle Sew Nicely uses authentic tartan to offer bespoke, hand-crafted cushions designed and made by a local artist in Scotland. These cushions can be custom-made to order varying in shape and size, and can be a lovely addition to your home décor or a very thoughtful and warm gift for a friend or loved one.
Thomas Durham Designs
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.
Specialists in Documentary, Music & the Arts
Where’s the one?
Where’s the One? provides drumming workshops, memorable musical experiences and special events across the community, including schools, youth and teambuilding for businesses.
Workshop After Six
Workshop After Six was established by a group of colleagues including the founder of 7B Design Ltd, Sinan Senturk. After handcraft leather products Sinan and his colleagues made in their spare time attracted a great deal of attention, they decided to establish their brand Workshop After Six, which signifies that these products are made with enthusiasm and devotion, out of the regular work hours.
This is a brand new line of business and its aim is to offer design leather products and accessories to people who seek for alternative looks. Workshop After Six uses cowhide leather, which is a byproduct of the food industry and prefers vegetable tanned leather where possible which is the most natural colouring process. Sales are currently made from the UK to all over the world. You may browse and buy the products here.
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.
zenklo- offers irregular solutions for irregular lives.
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