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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Coolicon Lighting Ltd
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 Photography
Cro + Kow is the joint creative space of photographers Sylwia Kowalczyk and Simon Crofts.
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!
Dried is a small, independent business based in Edinburgh Scotland, that was born out of a love for all things floral. Like many people, I’ve fallen head over heels for dried flowers and the beauty they deliver year after year.
Unlike fresh cut flowers which are mass produced to have a short-life cycle, dried flowers are a more sustainable option that last years and years. All of our dried flowers are sourced sustainably and responsibly in order to have as little impact on the environment as possible.
Edinburgh Design School
Edinburgh ceramics workshop is and open practice pottery dedicated to providing learning opportunities and practice space for people who are passionate about working with clay.
Our open studio allows you space and time to develop and refine your pottery practice.
Our members have a wide variety of aims and objectives from simply exploring a creative passion through clay to working towards building careers in the creative Industries as studio potters.
We work in partnership with Edinburgh design school who teach our pottery courses, classes and workshops. Edinburgh design school is an approved Scottish Qualifications Authority teaching centre.
Old family photographs are the starting point for my work. Reimagined, with the intention of setting my subjects free from a frozen moment in time and space, I place them into a new orbit. Transcending the personal and sidestepping nostalgia, I create a new narrative and mess with time.
Initially, along with photographs, I use painting, drawing and collage which is manufactured into large scale, digitally woven fabric. This is then cut and reassembled using hand stitched appliqué. I find this use of new technology, combined with traditional techniques, compelling within a contemporary art context.
Represented by Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh
Emporium Julium Ceramics
Julija Pustovrh is trained as a Landscape Architect (Edinburgh College of Art), but has been working in ceramics since 2016.
She developed a varied independent practice, spanning from wheel-thrown to hand-build pieces, and from sculptural works to jewellery.
Majority of her current work is in contemporary tableware, with distinctive mix of simple, elegant forms and meaningful, contextual materials.
Her studio is located at the Abbeymount in Edinburgh, Scotland and she is also the Technician at the Edinburgh Ceramics Workshop.
Eye Joy Art
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.
Dr Felicity Inkpen (PhD, MPhys) is a neuroscientist and artist presently based in Edinburgh. Her Wellcome Trust funded PhD work, as part of the Neural Dynamics Programme at the University of Bristol, utilised both experimental and computational approaches to investigate the biophysical development of cortical neurons, looking at the physical phenomena and mechanisms that allow neurons to reach mature states of communication and begin to form functional networks in the developing brain.
She presently works at the University of Edinburgh as a postdoctoral researcher, looking at the development of neural circuits in neurodivergent brains.
Outside of the laboratory, Felicity produces work as a visual artist, working to commission or distraction, and exhibiting in group and solo shows. Her work communicates multi-layered concepts in figurative images that draw on science, nature, mythology and personal experience as points of reference. A self-taught artist, she works in primarily in pen and ink, collage, and oils, though she has recently been dabbling in watercolours.
Fi Fraser Production Management
Fi Fraser Production Management is a limited company ran by multi-award winning production manager Fi. She has extensive experience managing all technical and production aspects of a wide range of live performances. With the expertise to turn almost any venue into a performance space.
Fi has significant experience of production managing multiple, simultaneous projects and shows.
Finlay Cramb Art
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.
My current work explores and interprets languages of ornament from different cultures, places and periods in history. From my Edinburgh studio I create intricate and colourful ceramic objects that celebrate this fascination for ornament and pattern, using clay as a canvas on which to build richly drawn and layered surfaces of inlaid line, glaze colour and enamel decals.
Beyond the studio I develop projects and commissions that respond to people and places, using my interests as a platform from which to engage with new environments. This approach has lead to work in varied and sometimes unexpected settings, from an English Tudor banqueting room in Sheffield, to a country home on the Scottish Island of Raasay.
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.
Under the moniker of HAM I produce work that is orientated around a humorous perspective. I see myself as an entertainer and storyteller, and endeavour to produce work that emotes the viewer. A stupid joke is still worth telling if it gets a laugh and a simple story is still worth telling if it evokes emotion. No matter the method with which I can manifest it, I only wish for my work to be enjoyed.
If you want to know more about me and my work I have an interview with Co&Co.
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.