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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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.
First patented in 1933, the Coolicon® shade is firmly established as a design classic, still sought after for both work and domestic spaces, from studios and offices to apartments, kitchens and farmhouses.
The first edition Original Coolicon® shade is back in production. A Coolicon® shade that is true to the original patent, made in England to the same high standards. Today’s Original Coolicon® with its hand finished enamelled coating is made from spun steel with the original two part welded gallery and reflector, as in 1933
Cro + Kow is the joint creative space of photographers Sylwia Kowalczyk and Simon Crofts. We are based at Summerhall in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Sylwia studied photography at the Krakow Academy of Fine Art and Edinburgh College of Art, and Simon studied law at Oxford. We have a wide range of editorial, commercial and publishing clients, and we are also working constantly on our personal photo projects. More of Sylwia’s personal work is at http://www.sylwiakowalczyk.com, and Simon’s is at http://www.simoncroftsphoto.com.
We are available for photography assignments, whether in Scotland or abroad. Outside Scotland, we have a particular speciality of assignments to Ukraine, Russia, Poland and other Eastern European and former Soviet countries. Apart from English we speak fluent Polish and Russian and reasonable French!
The material goods we collect, use and abandon can speak of desire, hope and loss. If we step outside of our familiarity and dismissal of such objects, we can begin to appreciate them as artefacts and consider their value beyond monetary worth. The importance of things is exemplified in the collections that routinely furnish domestic worlds but also in the items we purchase in moments of upheaval. In response to death and birth we look for ways to channel grief or joy, and to alleviate loss of control.
In a cemetery, mass-produced creatures reveal the presence and absence of those who mourn. Sentinels to keep forgetting at bay, fighting the inadequacy of a neat, etched plaque. In the nearby homes of new parents, surfaces become cluttered with products bought to lessen the anxiety that comes with caring for a new being. Bpa-free nipples, spoons and teethers. A mound of easily lost, thrown, disposable, sterilised plastic that seems necessary in order to fix feeding, sleeping, or sanity.
Making becomes my way to meditate on the role of material culture. The time spent looking at, drawing and sculpting the everyday discloses a significance that belies our readiness to discard. The transformation into fragile ceramic material, subject to cracking and warping, mirrors a state of mind, a portrait of the self. By foregrounding the emotional context of material culture, my work invite others to engage with this collection and to share their own narratives.
Erin Fraser is an interdisciplinary artist that works primarily in photography, the moving image and installation art. Her practice explores the ephemerality of contemporary life and examines social, political and cultural issues in a purely critical way. By reflecting on these issues she hopes to open up a dialogue with people and to challenge their preconceived views!
Ever since I was wee, I have always found joy in the visual order of things and organising my surroundings. For me, creating an artwork is like the excitement of moving into a new home and deciding where all your treasured objects belong.
I have a passionate fancy for all things geometric, fine liner pens, architecture, the colour swatch wall in the paint aisle, beach treasure combing, nostalgia, textiles and hygge-liness. My favourite way to get inspired is to wander around the glorious city of Edinburgh and take note of the beautiful details on my stroll.
As a perpetual worrier, I find the repetitive, orderly action of my process shooshes my mind and makes room for quiet concentration. I am naturally drawn to creating meticulous, intricate work which requires all my focus and as a result, slows down my breathing making my practice meditative and calming. Making art fulfils me not only in my desire to cram my life with beauty; it takes care of my wellbeing too!
After growing up in the Scottish Highlands and studying in Glasgow, I have settled as a freelancing visual artist in Edinburgh after studying Painting at Edinburgh College of Art where I developed my drawing style.
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.
Gillie Welstead has spent much of her life immersed in nature and art. Having studied natural sciences at university and a spell doing botanical research in Borneo, she went on to have a varied career including running a successful art gallery at Stirling Castle and then her own space for ten years.
Hannah is an Edinburgh Jeweller who graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010. She has since been an Artist in Residence at the Glasgow School of Art and has been working towards exhibitions in the UK and abroad. She is consistently developing new ideas and collections.
At Happy Retro we love colour and we love retro. There is nothing more satisfying than saving a sad piece of furniture and transforming it into a unique, colourful piece that will brighten up your interior.
Based in Edinburgh, we source mostly mid-century furniture, as it satisfies our love of minimal design and curves. We then get to work by handpainting unique, contemporary designs onto the furniture, creating bright happy pieces we hope you will love.
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.
Using a combination of base and precious metals, I construct sheets whose patterns are created by these methods of assembling. I form the resulting metal sheets into sculptural vessels, deciding on a shape by responding to the pattern of the metal. Applying the same chemical patination to the whole object affects the mixed metals in varied ways, producing contrasting colours that highlight the structure of the sheet.
Helen Miles trained with mastercraftsmen in Greece who taught using traditional methods with a focus on Byzantine iconography. She later became interested in Roman mosaics and now makes contemporary pieces inspired by ancient designs.
Born in Glasgow in 1963, Helen studied English at Oxford University before moving to America and the Middle East to work as a journalist. It was in 2003 while living in Thessaloniki in Greece, a UNESCO city famous for its concentration of Byzantine churches, that she began to study mosaics in the Byzantine tradition. This led to an interest in Roman mosaics and her passion for them went on to become a full time profession.
Helen Miles is based in Edinburgh and specializes in using Greek stone and marble as well as Winkleman unglazed porcelain. Her aim is to preserve the simplicity and directness of early mosaics while producing works which suit the way we live now.
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.
The idea for the inventapod came from solving a real problem. The need for our own space to do what we love doing when space is hard to come by.
Whether its working on electronic projects with Raspberry Pi or Arduino, robotics, IoT, coding or even playing with Lego or video games we need some space for our stuff. But space can be hard to come by, especially for those living in big cities.
The inventapod® was created out of this need. The Founder of inventapod®, Faisal Ghani a mechanical engineer who recently became a father, wanted to keep working on his ideas at home but space quickly disappeared with the new addition to the family. His solution was to develop a compact, portable, and functional work space which could be used on any existing table at home and when not needed could be packed away quickly and stored on a bookshelf. Since then, the inventapod design has undergone a number of design improvements. We hope that the inventapod will help others out there keep creating.
The inventapod® is great for a large number of applications from making and tinkering, art and craft, building with lego and fischertechnik, to coding and playing video games. Anywhere you need a pack up and go solution for your interests, the inventapod provides a neat and attarctive solution for your home.
The inventapod® is a registered trademark and its design is protected in the UK, Europe, and USA (Patent Pending).
And much, much more.
Dr Faisal Ghani, CEO & Founder
inventapod was founded by Dr Faisal Ghani, a chartered mechanical engineer from Sydney, Australia. A graduate from the University of New South Wales, Faisal has been working for Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh since 2015 working on the development of solar energy technology. To find out more about his research and publications, please click here. The idea for the inventapod came after becoming a dad and losing his man cave for the nursery. He developed the inventapod to primarily work on projects with Raspberry Pi and 3D printing at home. As a mechanical engineer with over 10 years of industrial experience, Faisal is responsible for all design and manufacturing aspects for inventapod ltd.
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.