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.
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Sarah Kwan Artist is a freelance Illustrator based in Edinburgh who specialises in portraits, food illustration, design, murals and signwriting. Her most recent ‘East Meets West Series’, explores the connections between Scottish / British and Chinese culture in a fun and playful way – with decorative patterns and pops of bright colour.
She graduated with BA Hons Fine Art Drawing & Painting from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in 2008. She’s exhibited in galleries such as The Royal Scottish Academy and The Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
As well as painting portraits Sarah works with brands to create signs, chalkboards, murals, live painting events and painted window displays. Brands such as: Ruffians Barbers, The Naked Grouse, Wemyss Malts and Dram & Smoke have used her skills in their events and product launches. She is open to new commissions that include portraits, design or painting, and can help create eye-catching designs for your business or events. Please feel free to get in touch anytime to discuss a project.
Sew Ho Studios
Sew Ho’s specialise in clothing construction, alterations, embroidery and print for workwear, eco and upcycled uniforms, team wear, one off gifts and accessories. Kate and Nikki want to create great products while focusing on growth and wellbeing for every person involved in the process.
Shannon Tofts Photography
The single most important attribute a professional photographer has and a client needs, is a point of view.
It’s the product of hard graft, experience and years of passion for creating high quality, relevant, memorable and cost effective images.
I work documenting people, finished pieces and projects through photography or film, working either in my studio or on location with whatever format is appropriate.
I take attention to detail and accurate colour reproduction; clients can rest assured that their project is handled with enthusiasm and an understanding of time and budgetary constraints.
I’m a writer & visual artist based in Leith. I recently published a poetic memoir called “Things I Have Noticed” that I illustrated with cyanotypes I made through the lockdown 2020. Currently I am mostly focusing on cyanotype printing on paper and large textiles but I often venture into all kinds of visual experimentation. My next big project will be an audiovisual installation called “The Siren Still Sings”.
SparkleWear is based at the textile studio at Abbeymount and run by Isabel Lohss-O’Sullivan. Reflective hi-vis vests made with hand screen printed materials and from upcycled garments and fabric. Using bright and reflective inks and some added shine and sparkle – from sporty to fitted, from sequins to gents’ tweeds – every piece is hand-made and completely unique. Do hi-vis in style!
Stewart has a wide range of skills, honed during his fourteen years as a professional graphic designer. He has had a great deal of experience in magazine design, creating and working on titles across the publishing spectrum. He also has a good eye for branding, photography and illustration.
Strange Town Theatre Company
Strange Town is a performing arts company for 5-25 year olds that aims to foster creativity, nurture talent and increase access to opportunities in the industry to young people across Edinburgh.
Based at Out of the Blue in Leith, Strange Town strives to create work of the highest quality; to provide access to children and young adults of all backgrounds; and to provide training and mentoring, whether as part of a pathway into the arts as a career or simply to improve life skills.
The company offers weekly youth theatre classes and holiday courses at Out of the Blue and drama projects to schools throughout Edinburgh. It runs a young actors’ agency and stages regular performances of new writing by young, emerging writers in Edinburgh’s leading arts venues. Strange Town currently works with 370 young people every week in term time. The company also offers paid and voluntary work to young writers, directors, performers, stage managers and administrators.
For information about any of our projects or classes, please contact email@example.com.