Ateliers Cortada » Artist Directory

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) and Out of the Blue Music Studios. The list below is a selection illustrating the range and quality.

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Ateliers Cortada

Categories: Fashion Design/Dressmakers/Textiles

Niddrie Mains StudiosContact: Nathalie Cortada


I mainly work with recycled materials, long lost treasures, and create soft sculptures with a surreal feel to them.

As I am also a bit of a geek, I enjoy using unusual material and raiding discarded IT equipment.


I learnt to knit and crochet at a young age in Lyon, France, where I grew up, and have never stopped since.  My mum taught me but I can’t remember learning, although she sure remembers teaching me… with great pleasure!

Lyon is a city of fantastic and magical textile history.  I only recently found out that my great-grandparents had been weavers so there must be something in the blood.  I also have Corsican and Catalan origins and now live in Scotland.

I started teaching crafts with the Adult Education Programme run by the City of Edinburgh Council nearly 10 years ago and am now setting up my own studio.  I will be running workshops and classes, as well as giving private tuition.


I am always working on multiple projects, big and small and take inspiration from my environment.  I often work on recurring themes of identity, origin and memory, be it people’s or the land’s.

I work in collaboration with a group of artists called transFORM.  We have exhibited in Edinburgh, West Kilbride and Aberdeen.

Our current show is in Fife at Rothes Halls in Glenrothes until 23rd July 2016, when it will move to Lochgelly.

I am also a member of Frayed Edges, a group of textile artists.  We exhibit on themes chosen democratically every couple of years.  Our latest exhibition was in October 2015 at Patriothall Gallery in Edinburgh, with invited guest India Flint.

In parallel to my art work I am working on one off jewellery pieces as well as unusual handbags.


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