Out of the Blue currently houses over 100 artists, arts organisations and other creative businesses at The Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Arts Factory2, Leith Walk Studios, Abbeymount Studios and Out of the Blue Music Studios. The list below is a selection illustrating the range and quality.
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Before setting up Calum Duncan Architects this year , Calum worked at Malcolm Fraser Architects in Edinburgh from 1998-2015, working on a wide variety of project size and types including public arts, commercial, residential and educational.
With this experience Calum has developed a specialism in complex and multi-use buildings, both large and small, as well as an understanding of the personal requirements of residential clients. His approach to design looks to connect issues of existing buildings or existing site conditions with a strong environmental agenda. Calum is interested in how these values, as well as the more pragmatic functional requirements can strengthen what is the most important outcome: a well considered and appropriate design, making inspiring spaces which are pleasurable, while practical to use.
Craig is a science communicator with a background in environmental science and a passion for educating people about the many ecological, economic and nutritional benefits of sustainable insect farming. He is responsible for the educational output of Bugs for Life in Benin and delivers talks and outreach events for the charity in the UK. Craigs career as a science communicator and entomophagy advocate has taken him all over the world, from performing at numerous music festivals across Britain to demonstrating street science in the UAE and delivering educational programmes in India and Ghana. He has also worked on the UKs biggest touring science outreach project and created workshops and shows in his role as an event developer for the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
I initially studied Textile Design at Leeds University before going on to study Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Edinburgh University where I achieved my masters in 2014.
Whilst in my final years of study at university I began to lay the foundations for establishing myself as a freelance designer. I started a blog and began to work on getting my designs known across Edinburgh and beyond; I attended local arts markets, exhibited in galleries and sold my work in selected shops across the UK. Post graduation, I continued my practice from my studio at Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts where I was awarded a place on their Graduate Scheme. During this period I was fortunate to work for many clients including M&S, Eyefix, and Danish fashion brand Bruuns Bazzar.
In January 2016 I moved to London to commence my role as Print Designer and Head of Textiles for Dame Zandra Rhodes. This position allowed me to further develop my skills and to work on some truly unique projects. Most notable of which was the print collaboration with Valentino for their S/S ‘17 collection.
I now focus solely on my freelance work and continue to develop commercial projects as well as private commissions.
Eureka Edinburgh is a team of performers, scientists, writers and dreamers gathered together to bring fun, enjoyment, and to inspire curiosity in the wonderful world around us. We run a monthly science cabaret evening in Edinburgh along with producing and curating bespoke events, theatre shows, educational workshops and public engagement courses.
Finlay Cramb is an award winning Scottish artist, traditionally trained in Printmaking with a 1st Class Hons Degree in Painting from ECA. His fine art prints have been featured in national press and he’s worked in fields as diverse as storyboard artist for Bafta nominated short film ‘The Island’, corporate branding and product design for ‘AICR’ international cancer charity and provided artwork for heavy metal band ‘Firebrand SuperRock’ as featured in ‘Metal Hammer’ and ‘Powerplay’ magazines, to name a few. Fin continues to exhibit his printwork and is currently enjoying fulfilling a lifetime ambition to work in the comic book industry.
Scottish born artist Hatti Pattisson began her career as an artist selling her expressive, emotive paintings aged 15 at The Pittenweem Arts Festival in The East Nuek of Fife where she grew up. She dedicated most of her time between school building a collection of art for shows. The act of painting became a huge part of Hatti’s life. It was a space where she could express her thoughts and emotions, somewhere she could play with the real and the imaginary. Hatti has built a growing local and international clientele who have been collecting her work through the years. Many of her clients have seen her grow up and develop her paintings through to her new textile brand. Her style has developed and has gone through visable stages. Over time she has painted reflections of places and memories that are close to her heart, as well as new experiences on her travels. Through her gallery you will see places like the coast of Fife including Elie and Lady’s Tower and landscapes further afield such as Italy and Bali. Seascapes are a continuous subject in Hatti’s work. For her, the sea is a mysterious world of its own which she has always found a sense of relief and comfort from. 2013 saw Hatti introduce textiles to her repertoire. Within only a few months, a significant number of orders have been made, as well as the world renowned 5 star restaurant and accommodation The Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye featuring Hatti’s fabrics, cushions, lampshades and art in all of their rooms. The relationship between the Isle of Skye’s landscape and her fabrics sit side by side beautifully. So far in 2014, Hatti’s original art and textile collection has been demanded from as far as Dallas, Perth Australia, Holland and all over the UK.
HODA use creativity and outdoors activities to bring out the best in young people of all abilities and from all backgrounds. Developing an awareness of the environment through projects that offer a space to respond, using visual art-forms and music to reflect.
By running workshops which integrate animation, music we have built up our reputation for delivering exciting site-specific events across the length and breadth of Scotland.
Out of the woods…..
This collection is inspired by my love of nature, texture and the simplistic design of 1960’s contemporary architecture and interiors.
I have attempted to recreate the textures found in nature, such as bark, lichen and wood shavings. By introducing these themes in a sophisticated and highly wearable collection, my aim is to offer contemporary design for an everyday individual statement.
The bracelets and rings from the collection have been specially designed to wear as single units or as stacking pieces, which can be interchanged to create different looks to suit any occasion.
All HORUS jewellery is handmade in Scotland with sterling silver by Louise Mcmanus, BAhons, jewellery and silversmithing, Edinburgh College of Art.
I’m an Edinburgh-based illustrator and designer who loves to dabble around in pencil, ink and splashy watercolour. With swirly bits.
I studied Illustration & Media Design at Edinburgh’s Telford College, and moved on to become an award-winning graphic designer. I’ve been working solo since 2013 and my client list is growing all the time.
My primary goals are to thrill my clients with results beyond their expectations and to elicit affection from my aloof ginger cat.
I am inspired by evolution: my aim is to reflect the potential positives I see from our progress as a species, which has taken one step further on the evolutionary ladder. We shape the world and our future with the technology born from our natural creativity. With my project ‘The Laser Garden’ I aim to capture a glimpse of that positivity through sculpture and performance.
The project centres around wearable laser sculptures.