Alison WilliamsOut of the Blue Abbeymount Studios
My paintings are often three-dimensional, and my sculptures two-dimensional.
I have two parallel ways of working – on paper and on leather.
My paintings and drawings celebrate the natural world, exploring close-up the detail of its patterns and its beauty, capturing the wind.
I’m fascinated by the flow of energy in nature – how it is always moving and always the same.
A burn coming down a hillside is forever moving – your eye is drawn downwards the whole time – but the shapes the water makes coming past the rocks is unchanging. A clump of grasses is shaken by the wind and your eye follows them along the wind’s direction; but the shape of the grasses is unchanging.
I work on capturing this paradox, drawing very small things – like the grasses – and then painting them very large, often monochrome from my sculptural training.
The flow of energy in nature helps me to find the flow of energy in people, in myself and between people.
This flow I capture in leather. My embroidered leatherwork hangings are inspired by my lived experience of Native American Vision Quests, and capture the flow of power and energy and spirit in the lives of the people they are made for, the individuals who commission them.
Blessed UnrestOut of the Blue Abbeymount StudiosContact: Lorna Brown
Lorna’s designs evolve as a direct response to the screen-printing process. She enjoys working intuitively with a variety of imagery; layering, covering up and revealing is the core element of her practice. After working in interiors, fashion/costume for many years her imagery often has traces of these recurrent influences as well as the natural environment. She works directly from source, drawing and re-drawing images exploring a variety of media and deliberately changing the line, tone and mark making qualities of the drawing. She often combines photographic elements. “My overarching interest is in the surface pattern and rhythm, the spaces between the imagery and the colour palette”. Working with opaque and transparent ink gives her control of which areas to reveal or cover up. By overprinting, masking areas to reveal the previous images, she builds up a layered history of each moment.
Lorna has carried out commissions of hand-printed textile lengths, panels and wallpaper for events, parties and window displays. She has collaborated with other designers who require specific fabric prints for furniture, fashion and costume. She is currently developing her range of interior products under the design label, Blessed Unrest.
Borja MorontaOut of the Blue Abbeymount Studios
Borja Moronta is originally from Asturias, northern Spain. He settled in Edinburgh after graduating as an Architect in 2016 (Madrid Polytechnic University). Throughout university, he had big interest in different disciplines such as photography, ceramics or carpentry, and always felt drawn to that architecture which focuses on the materiality of the buildings. His pottery practice began at the beginning of 2018, as part of a recovery process from a severe surgery due to nerve damage on his left hand. He joined Edinburgh Ceramics Workshop evening classes and soon became a member. Borja worked his way through the ECW structure and became part of their Incubator programme for emerging ceramicists in July 2019, setting up his own studio just a year later. Today, based in his Edinburgh studio, based in Abbeymount, Borja makes ceramics that follow basic, calmed and natural forms on a soft tone palette. Each piece is individually crafted on the potter’s wheel and throughout all the stages, therefore showing all the nature of handmade.
By Jen Byrne
By Jen ByrneOut of the Blue Abbeymount Studios
Slow fashion, sustainably made in my Edinburgh studio. I create one of a kind pieces upcycled from existing textiles as well as a made to order collection which is available in size UK 6 – 26 or custom sizing, made in low impact fabrics. Each piece is created around the core value of genuine sustainability, without compromising comfort, quality or style. I also offer bespoke upcycling and repairs to extend the life of your already owned garments.
Cro + Kow Photography
Cro + Kow PhotographyOut of the Blue Abbeymount Studios
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 sylwiakowalczyk.com, and Simon’s is at 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!
Defaux VintageOut of the Blue Abbeymount StudiosContact: Marta Axpe
Defaux is an unique online vintage clothing store and boutique. We curate a wide variety of beautiful handpicked vintage and secondhand fashion pieces. Recycling and reusing clothing that has already been produced is an ethical, sustainable and environmentally friendly way to shop.
DRIEDOut of the Blue Abbeymount StudiosContact: India Tyrer
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 Ceramics Workshop
Edinburgh Ceramics WorkshopOut of the Blue Abbeymount Studios
Edinburgh Ceramics Workshop is an 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 offering a range of learning pathways from complete beginners to intermediate and advance level courses and workshops.
Emporium Julium Ceramics
Emporium Julium CeramicsOut of the Blue Abbeymount StudiosContact: Julija Pustovrh
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
Eye Joy ArtOut of the Blue Abbeymount StudiosContact: Sonya Mitchell
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.
Frances PriestOut of the Blue Abbeymount Studios
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.
Helen Miles Mosaics
Helen Miles MosaicsOut of the Blue Abbeymount Studios
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.
Judy R Clark
Judy R ClarkOut of the Blue Abbeymount Studios
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 Textile DesignOut of the Blue Abbeymount Studios
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.
Kirsten Mirrey Art
Kirsten Mirrey ArtOut of the Blue Abbeymount Studios
Kirsten Mirrey Art founded in 2016 consists of Wildlife and commission artwork. Born in Fife, Scotland, Kirsten’s original artworks have been inspired by the nature and wildlife around her growing up. The most recent collection of work spanning the past two years has been focusing on both exotic and endangered wildlife. Kirsten hopes to be able to push conservation projects and using her artwork to help important organisations continue to fight against animal extinctions. As a self taught artist herself – she has been teaching workshops for the past few years from beginners to more advanced masterclasses.