From fashion designers to painters, to furniture makers and beyond, over 70 creative individuals use the building every week to harness their creative abilities.
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.
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 is a contemporary textile artist 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.
‘Kinnaird Jewellery combines inspiration from her travels through countries such as Peru, Morocco and Vietnam. Here Carolyn was captured by the scale of tribal styles of jewellery and by the details of their traditional tribal tattooing. Through Carolyn’s innate contemporary style and vision, Kinnaird jewellery realises the influence of these tribal idiosyncrasies on her work through the creation of uniquely bold, yet simplistic forms.’
Sarah Kwan is an Edinburgh based freelance Artist, who graduated with BA Hons Fine Art Drawing & Painting from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in 2008. She’s exhibited in galleries such as The Royal Scottish Academy and The Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Some of her favourite subjects are; portraiture, animals, flowers and plants. She also enjoys illustration, decorative patterns and pops of bright colour.
As well as painting portraits Sarah works with brands to create chalkboards, murals, live painting events and painted window displays. Brands such as: Lululemon, Ruffians Barbers, The Naked Grouse, Wemyss Malts and Dram & Smoke have used her skills in their events and product launches. She is open to new collaborations that include concept/illustration design and painting – and can help create eye-catching designs for you or your business, wedding or other events. Please feel free to get in touch with Sarah anytime to discuss a project.
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.
Mark Barnett was born in Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1995. He is currently studying at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting.
Creating art is an innate part of my life. I am an interdisciplinary mix-media artist and much of my work is an intuitive process, which is focused on the spontaneous expressive gestural movement of media and paint; which uses my entire body. My work is driven by a strong interest in Eastern sensibilities and nature. Each brush stroke aims at manifesting the meditative respiration of ‘Now’ into physical and artistic action. Thus arriving in an intuitive revelation of the specific, simultaneous existence of ‘Being’ and the world.
“The role of the artist is to become part of nature…In the instant, there is a coincidence of events – wind blowing, grass growing, brush strokes appearing. All there is, is in the instant … painting in the instant can be compared to the meditative state in which the mind is open to its vastness. It is the experience of being at one … painting in the instant is the direct manifestation of the unknown through the painter as the instrument. The painter disappears in the instant, and reappears in the painting.” Gordon-Onslow Ford
Timeless and contemporary fashion design for today’s modern woman. At Mauda the aims are simple. Create great quality, contemporary fashion pieces for women and maximise the cooperation of local craftsmanship, business and skills. We’ll know that we’ve got it right not just by thriving on our own but as we watch collaborators grow through our journey together.
Moody Monday debuted to critical acclaim in 2014, led by designer and creative director Eliza Kesuma.
After graduating with a degree in Textiles & Design from Heriot-Watt University, Eliza undertook multiple freelance projects and work experience opportunities with notable design companies. In 2008, a major interiors company recruited her as part of their communication and design team.
Noticing a niche in the interiors market for distinctive designs that challenged traditional creative concepts, Eliza began developing a signature style that was innovative, stylish and luxurious. By embracing individuality, she strives to subvert people’s expectations of interior design with her highly original and provocative collections.
Moody Monday’s core philosophy that beauty can come from the unlikeliest of places underpins each design, product and project Eliza creates. Her ‘Secret Music Collection’, inspired by the hidden inner workings of an abandoned musical organ, produced exquisitely compelling designs that received widespread praise at exhibitions across the UK.
Along with a bespoke service that tailors design concepts to fit the specific needs of clients, Moody Monday welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with innovative interior companies, global brands and businesses.