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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My name is Robert Hunter a ceramicist/Maker from Ayr, Scotland. My love for creating began from a young age, I was always trying to make something from things lying around. My creative drive led me to attend Gray’s School of Art Aberdeen, to study Three-Dimensional Design, and so my passion for ceramics began.
My designs and creations can be described as simple but strong forms that consist of textural surface detail. I have a passion of using local organic materials that I self-source and using my surroundings to influence my work. Creating work that I believe truly reflects on where I am in life.
Through her work, Jennie investigates how humans perceive and interact with the world around us; most of her work relates to truth and the manipulation of the truth. Recently she has focused on unusual belief systems, particularly Flat Earth Theory, and constructed environments, real or imagined. She enjoys repeating tropes in her work – for example using grids as a device to delineate space or hands to represent humanity. She mainly uses collage and screen-printing to express her ideas and finds that these layered processes reflect the layers of meaning in her work.
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.