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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Helen Miles Mosaics
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.
Independent Arts Projects
Independent Arts Projects presents & tours performance projects by extraordinary artists at every stage of their careers. We work with individual artists, collaborating with them to create their best work and connecting them with people across Scotland and beyond.
Infinity Artists is a Scottish based actors’ agency where client relationships and career development are our driving force. Infinity has built strong relationships across a broad spectrum of the industry, UK wide, to allow our clients the best possible opportunities and gain the career paths best suited to their lives.
Based in Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh, where artistic endeavours are at the heart of the both the office and the building, Infinity’s team are very much at home. Our client list (whom we love to talk about), are based UK wide, with many working across International, TV/Film, regional and West End theatre and dance.
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.
Judy R Clark
Award winning designer Judy R Clark is famed for her exquisite hand tailored womenswear designs comprising of Harris Tweeds, Scottish lace and antique fabric.
Tipped by British Vogue as one to watch, Clark has carved a credible name for herself in the fashion industry designing womenswear pieces with an eccentric edge in her signature tailoring. The designer has created installations, exhibitions and bespoke ranges for several companies resulting in a series of prestigious accolades for her innovative and creative approach to fashion design.
Karina Pasiut Textile Design
Karina Pasiut is a contemporary Textile and Print designer.
Her artistic creations are rooted in drawing, painting, screen printing, dyestuff and tapestry taking inspiration from travels and observation of everyday life.
A handmade approach to design is crucial in her practice, stimulating her creativity and exploratory nature, although often supplemented with Photoshop and Cad designs.
Karina is highly passionate about screen print and works with reactive dyes, taking care of all stages from drawing to finished textile print to create unique and original prints.
Kate is a TV writer and playwright based in Edinburgh whose work has been produced at the Almeida and Pleasance theatres.
Laia Jufresa grew up in the cloud forest of Veracruz and spent her adolescence in Paris. In 2001, she moved to Mexico City and discovered she didn’t know how to cross a street. She’s been writing fiction ever since. She is the author of the short stories collection El esquinista and the novel Umami, which has been translated to English, French, French pocket book, Italian, Dutch, Turkish and Polish, with the Finnish and Danish versions forthcoming as well. It was chosen as the best first novel in Spanish at the 2016 First Novel Festival in Chambéry, France, it was the recipient of a PEN Translates Award and a finalist of The Best Translated Book Award 2017. Laia’s work has been featured in several anthologies as well as magazines such as Letras Libres, Pen Atlas, Words Without Borders and McSweeney’s. In 2014 Laia was invited to write chronicles for the crossing Border Festival in The Hague, and in 2015 she was invited by the British Council Literature to be the first ever International Writer in Residence at Hay Festival in Wales. For it’s 30th anniversary the festival selected “30 young novelists, scientists, philosophers, performers and activists who are astonishing and inspiring to join us in Hay. These writers and thinkers will help imagine and shape the world in the next 30 years”. Laia is honored to be one of them. She has also been named as one of the most outstanding young writers in Latin America as part of the 2017 project Bogotá39 and from Mexico by México20.
LifeMosaic produces and co-ordinates the distribution of educational resources for indigenous peoples. Resources are primarily based on community testimonies; they present complex issues in an accessible and engaging way; and support indigenous peoples right to free, prior and informed consent. – See more at: http://www.lifemosaic.net/eng/about/
Painting, mostly in oils, in Edinburgh and East Lothian. Inspired by the light, weather and seasonal phenomena. Occasionally also by strange beasts and plants.
Each painting is influenced by the preparation of the surface and materials, often based on very old recipes and techniques.
I own my little business. I am a watercolour artist mainly, but I do love to engage with print-making and paper-making. I offer original art and high-quality block-prints. Plastic-free.
As a contemporary jeweller, living and making work in Edinburgh, my current work is based on abstract mark-making. Inspired by the spontaneous compositions of debris washed up on beaches along the East coast of Scotland, it is centred around Wabi Sabi aesthetics. Finding beauty in the ephemeral, imperfect nature of these formations, they are developed into jewellery using mixed-media mark-making as a tool. The jewellery that results from this process is intended to appear as abstract, sculptural drawings that can be worn on the body. Techniques such as enamelling, etching and patination are used to create a subtle, muted colour palette that focuses of depth of texture and tone, as well as a wire inlay technique that allows me to drawings directly into sheet.
I create sumptuous garments & accessories using free machine embroidery & teach a wide range of specialist sewing classes.
Mairi MacSween Designs
Design and create handmade greetings cards and bespoke wedding stationery which incorporate my own photography and illustration.