Out of the Blue currently houses over 200 artists, arts organisations and other creative businesses at The Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Abbeymount Studios, NMR Studios (Niddrie Mains), Meanwhile in Leith and Out of the Blue Music Studios. The list below is a selection illustrating the range and quality.
Artists: To update your directory entry or add content, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Laia Jufresa grew up in the cloud forest of Veracruz and spent her adolescence in Paris. In 2001, she moved to Mexico City and discovered she didn’t know how to cross a street. She’s been writing fiction ever since. She is the author of the short stories collection El esquinista and the novel Umami, which has been translated to English, French, French pocket book, Italian, Dutch, Turkish and Polish, with the Finnish and Danish versions forthcoming as well. It was chosen as the best first novel in Spanish at the 2016 First Novel Festival in Chambéry, France, it was the recipient of a PEN Translates Award and a finalist of The Best Translated Book Award 2017. Laia’s work has been featured in several anthologies as well as magazines such as Letras Libres, Pen Atlas, Words Without Borders and McSweeney’s. In 2014 Laia was invited to write chronicles for the crossing Border Festival in The Hague, and in 2015 she was invited by the British Council Literature to be the first ever International Writer in Residence at Hay Festival in Wales. For it’s 30th anniversary the festival selected “30 young novelists, scientists, philosophers, performers and activists who are astonishing and inspiring to join us in Hay. These writers and thinkers will help imagine and shape the world in the next 30 years”. Laia is honored to be one of them. She has also been named as one of the most outstanding young writers in Latin America as part of the 2017 project Bogotá39 and from Mexico by México20.
LifeMosaic produces and co-ordinates the distribution of educational resources for indigenous peoples. Resources are primarily based on community testimonies; they present complex issues in an accessible and engaging way; and support indigenous peoples right to free, prior and informed consent. – See more at: http://www.lifemosaic.net/eng/about/
Painting, mostly in oils, in Edinburgh and East Lothian. Inspired by the light, weather and seasonal phenomena. Occasionally also by strange beasts and plants.
Each painting is influenced by the preparation of the surface and materials, often based on very old recipes and techniques.
As a contemporary jeweller, living and making work in Edinburgh, my current work is based on abstract mark-making. Inspired by the spontaneous compositions of debris washed up on beaches along the East coast of Scotland, it is centred around Wabi Sabi aesthetics. Finding beauty in the ephemeral, imperfect nature of these formations, they are developed into jewellery using mixed-media mark-making as a tool. The jewellery that results from this process is intended to appear as abstract, sculptural drawings that can be worn on the body. Techniques such as enamelling, etching and patination are used to create a subtle, muted colour palette that focuses of depth of texture and tone, as well as a wire inlay technique that allows me to drawings directly into sheet.