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 Red Door Gallery Weekly Blog

Welcome to The Red Door Gallery art blog!  We hope you enjoy reading our regular updates of art news, featuring our artists, inspirations and all other creative happenings from our wee Edinburgh Gallery. We like to ‘blether’ here in Scotland, so sometimes we just blog about whatever is on our mind, hopefully, mildly entertaining! Thanks for reading and please do sign up to our ‘Mailing List’ for all other Red Door Gallery updates.


Plan ahead for a DIY Christmas

Christmas in Edinburgh has officially landed, the lights are shining bright and the Christmas Market will be in full swing today. Why not plan ahead and get a little bit more personal this Christmas. Treat your loved ones to something made by hand, be it by yourself... read more

Part Time Job Vacancy Filled

A huge thanks to the many, tallented applicants we have had for the  part time job opportunity here at The Red Door Gallery.  We have had such a heartwarming response and we are delighted to have had the position accepted by our newest team member. If you are still... read more

What did you do last night?

The Red Door Gallery team were out in Victorian Splendor at NMSLates, colouring in, cutting stripey string and hosting a workshop of Victorian things. The Lindstrom Effect provided us with some art works and 6 beautifuly designed Thaumatrpes for our workshop audience... read more

The Lindstrom Effect’s DIY Thaumatrope Workshop

Got your ticket for tomorrow night’s #NMSLates?  The Lindstrom Effect’s DIY Thaumatrope workshop will be a goodie, so be sure to head to the Hawthorndale Court as early as possible. The lead artists behind the thaumartope workshop design are Edinburgh... read more

Friday Favourites – Here Bear And Everywhere

We all love a pun and even more so when they’re paired with some cute animal friends. Mister Peebles is a big favourite in the gallery and we were super happy when the lovely Helen added to her ever expanding collection. Why not bring Bring a fun Bear Pun in to... read more

Happy Guy Fawlkes Night!

Bonfire Night is tonight, so here in the United Kingdom, we will be setting of fireworks in commeration of the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 by a group of English Catholics to blow up the House of Lords. There are various public displays taking place accross the UK,... read more

Fancy Dress inspiration to make you Smile

Halloween is finally upon us. The queues down Victoria Street for the joke shop are a clear sign that Edinburgh is getting in to the spirit of things. If you’re stumped for ideas then the fun collection of Icon Prints and Brooches by And Smile is sure to give... read more

FridayFavourites – Haunting Animals

Halloween ’tis but a week away. By now we hope you’ve all got your costume plans in the pipeline. We do love a little bit of dress up in the gallery and I’d happily turn anyone or anything within arms length in to a Zombie! Some scary zombie jars for... read more

Friday Favourites – You’re My Hero

As the chill sets into October we’re getting ready for the scary month of the year with Halloween in the not too distant future. We’ve prepped our windows with lots of goulish treats and had lots of fun with liquid latex and fake eye balls from local joke... read more

Grassmarket Fun Foodie Day

Foodie fans are hot footing it to Edinburgh’s Grassmarket this weekend for creative cooking capers involving Crepes, Pizzas and plenty of imagination! Taking place along side the fabulous weekly Farmer’s Market, The Grassmarket Fun Foodie Day includes a... read more

Friday Favourites – This little Piggy…

We’ve curated a little collection of our favourite little #pink #pig coloured pieces for your amusement as this weeks #Friday Favourites. There has been a lot of chatter about pigs these past few weeks, can’t imagine why….New into the online shop... read more

Friday Favourites – Prism of Starlings

This weeks #fridayfavourites are all about the beautiful new geometric goodies that have arrived from Prism of Starlings by the lovely Kirsty Baynham. Kirsty is one hardworking lady, constantly bringing us new pieces to her range. This month sees her work grace our... read more

Friday Favourites – New Season Treats

This week most of us were officially back to school and work. We’ve bid farewell to the Summer, the nights are getting darker and the festival already feels like a distant memory. There’s something quite nice about the change in the seasons, a new bag to... read more

Farewell Festival Fireworks

#EdinburghFestival draws to a close today, but we have one huge fireworks display left to look forward to, tonight at 9.30pm and it looks like there are some tickets left here for Princess Street Gardens.  So get your chairs, picknick blankets, brolly’s and... read more

What is it like in your funny little brains?

Benedict Cumberbatch AKA Sherlock Holmes is taking in the view from our windows at the moment, and asking the world ”Dear God, what’s it like in your funny little brains?  It must be so boring”.   Complimentary as ever, Sherlock Holmes’ wry wit... read more

Friday Favourites – Food For Thought!

We’re around half way through the festival and it can sometimes feel like a month long holiday. It seems ok to go out for a drink or pick up some local street food any night of the week. We’re a little bit spoilt for choice with the abundance of pop up... read more

Friday Favourites – Dance To Our Tune

The festival is now in full swing and the craziness has begun. We’ve been enjoying the impromptu dancing in the street and it’s got us in a musical mood here in the gallery. This weeks #fridayfavourites features lots of our favourite musical themed prints... read more

Friday Favourites – All Eyes on Edinburgh

The International Edinburgh Festival has now officially begun!! If you’re a local you’ll have felt the frenzy building over the last few weeks as performers descend on the city to prepare for their shows. The List Party at SummerHall last night marked the... read more

Friday Favourites – Raining Cats and Dogs

It’s August in Edinburgh so naturally it’s raining outside, if you are curled up with a cup of cocoa and a feline friend or cainine chum perhaps you’re wishing it was raining cats and dogs outside too?  There are certainly plenty of kitties and... read more

Friday Favourites – Leafy Goodness

With all the rain & warm(ish) weather we’ve been having the plants are blooming & I’m sure you’ll agree, everywhere is looking pretty lush! We’ve also had a bumper month of beautiful ceramics & leafy inspired prints arriving.... read more

Friday Favourites – Colours of the Sea

So many beautiful new work has arrived at the gallery that we’re so excited to share with you! Fresh off the Screen Printers table are these beautiful new prints from Emily Hogarth. The range of 8 limited edition screen prints feature beautiful Scottish Folk... read more

Saturday Superstars Geo Harbour

A hip ship-shape collection for your summer holidays with this weeks #SaturdaySuperstars, inspired by Geometry, the sea and the sky! We have lots of new works in to share with you, from ceramics and prints for your staycation, to jewellery and summery accessories for... read more

Friday Favourites – Colours of the Tour

The Tour de France kicks off tomorrow in Utrecht in the Netherlands.  So this weeks #fridayfavourites is colours of the tour de France. Featuring all our favourite bike and yellow and black themed goodies behind our red doors. Great Minds Ride A Bike in the perfect... read more

Friday Favourites – Susie Wright

With the launch of Susie Wright’s Here and There Exhibition last night, it seemed only right to feature her beautiful collection of works in this weeks #fridayfavourites. The exhibition features beautiful differing skylines of Edinburgh, her favourite feathered... read more

Susie Wright’s window drawing diary

Here’s our photo diary of Susie Wright installing her window exhibition framework yesterday – an incomplete masterpiece untill all the ceramics arrive!  Her exhibition launches online tomorrow titled “Here & There”. We are delighted iwth... read more

Susie Wright Exhibition

Top Out Brewery will be providing some tasty beer for the opening of Susie Wright’s print exhibition this Thursday!  You are very welcome to join us and preview Susie’s stunning collection of prints and much anticipated ceramics, we will be here between... read more

Friday Favourites – Ice Cream Days

Summer is here…….well it was last week for us folks up in Scotland! With the glimpse of sun we’ve all been thinking about ice creams, sunshine and holidays! Nicky has turned our windows in to a fun array of prints and accessories to make us think of... read more

Artist Feature – Barry D Bulsara

This weeks Artist Feature is Barry D Bulsara. Barry hails from Leicester and is a relatively new artist to the gallery, having started working with us at the end of 2014. His work has been a resounding success with our customers all eager to get their hands on his... read more

#ShelfLife Tiny Treasures for Dad…

…to make Dad feel like a giant!  Father’s day is coming up so we’ve put together a collection of our most loved (and most portable) gifts for Dad! Rich Fairhead’s prints including “You Must Not Speak To Me I Am Dringing The Gin” are... read more

Friday Favourites – You’re My Hero!

You’ve still got another week to get your Dad something special so we’ve got a few more suggestions in this weeks #fridayfavourites. The perfect collection for the hero in your life! We were super excited at the arrival of the new print collection... read more

FridayFavourites – DIY Fun

The latter half of this week has been great to get some DIY done with the grey clouds looming overhead. It’s prefect timing that Alice Melvin‘s new collection of DIY goodies for Tate have arrived at the gallery. A fun collection to get children sewing or... read more

Artist Feature – Kirsty Baynham

You’ll know Kirsty Baynham for her beautiful prints and stationary. Her work explores the personalities hidden in woodland creatures and the facinationg worlds created by their interwoven shapes and scenery. Kirsty has worked with us at The Red Door since 2010;... read more

FridayFavourites – Floral Stags

With the arrival of new Mr Stag and Mr Roe from Kirsty of A Wooden Tree.  It seemed only appropirate to show you them along with all our other pretty floral stag prints and Accessories. This weeks #fridayfavourites is a beautiful collection of Floral Stags, all... read more

FridayFavourites – Parisian Triangles

This week our new windows have been getting lots of attention. You’re all still talking about our wonderful Grey Earl Exhibition and Nicky has been busy working her magic on our second window, an array of triangles and parisian themed goodies for you all to... read more

Artist Feature – Hello Sunshine

If you’ve been a Red Door fan for awhile now, you’ll recognise the fun animal inspired jewellery of Hello Sunshine. The lovely lady behind this quirky label is Jo Want. Designer and creator of your favourite tweet lil studs and cat necklaces. Jo has worked... read more

May the 4th be with you exhibition

The Grey Earl Exhibition with window illustrations is launching TOMORROW, May 4th at The Red Door Gallery, watch it unfold live on facebook, instagram and twitter by following @RedDoor_Gallery until then… May the 4th be with... read more

May the 4th be with you exhibition

The Grey Earl Exhibition with window illustrations is launching this Bank Holiday Monday, May 4th at The Red Door Gallery, watch it unfold live on facebook, instagram and twitter by following @RedDoor_Gallery until then… May the 4th be with... read more


The Grey Earl Exhibition with window illustrations is launching this Bank Holiday Monday, May 4th at The Red Door Gallery, watch it unfold live on facebook, instagram and twitter by following @RedDoor_Gallery until then… May the 4th be with... read more

Friday Favourites – I Want To Ride My Bicycle

Were we not just super lucky with the beautiful weather last week? We couldn’t wait to get out in the sunshine and explore what Edinburgh has to offer on two wheels. This week well, the sun is shining but it’s a little cold out there, still great weather... read more

Friday Favourites – Everything Looks Peachy!

What a ‘peachy’ week we’ve all been having. The sun is finally out for us all to enjoy, and we’ve lots of exciting work arriving, each with their own perfect summer vibe. This weeks #fridayfavourites is all about those beautiful peach and coral... read more

Friday Favourites – Look What I Saw In Edinburgh

As the ECA 3rd Year Illustration Exhibition – Look What I Saw In Edinburgh Exhibition draws to a close shortly, we thought we’d share with you a snippet of some of our customer favourites from the exhibition, in this week’s friday favourites.... read more

Friday Favourites – Fantasy Animals

Hope you’ve all had a great sun filled week. Everyone seems to have a spring in their step with the bank holiday weekend last week and getting out to soak up some sunshine this week! This weeks #fridayfavourites is a little bit animal themed. But not just any... read more

Coffee Break – if you don’t eat, you don’t work!

This one goes out to anyone who’d rather be outside Artisan Roast with a flatwhite & chocolate escargot than working indoors … we are setteling for a flapjack and instant coffee, whilst looking at a photo of our breakfast!  Thought you might enjoy... read more

Emily Mackenzie in The Scotsman !

Delighted to see one of our favourite Red Door Gallery artists featured in the Easter Weekend Scotsman! We have just published our recent interview with Emily Mackenzie, have a peep hear to learn more about her practice, and click here to see her most recent works... read more

Artist Feature – Emily Mackenzie

Image © Diana Pappas To most of our lovely Red Door customers, Emily Mackenzie will be a familiar name. Having worked with us at The Red Door since 2012. Her Greedy Gulls and I Love Sausages Prints have captured many hearts.  It’s alway nice to put a face to... read more

Friday Favourites Colouring In!

This weeks Friday Favourites features our favourite Unofficial Colouring Book collection!  I Love Mel’s range of cheeky books are themed around the good looking fameous folks we all love (possibly love to hate) or an era or genra that particularly appeals to... read more

Make a Haggis & Apple pizza

This Easter holiday, why not follow this video & make your own @MammasPizzeria pizza filmed by @GrassmarketEdin.  Our tallented neighbours have generously revealed some trick of the trade in this video – it’s great to see how the dough comes together. ... read more

Hunter Boots For Dogs

For spring/summer 2015, HunterBoots has announced the launch of a doggie footware range, featuring waterproof boots designed to meet the demands of the poshest of pooches, perfect for parties, rainy days and matching outfits. “Looking into the brand’s archives,... read more

Explore The Great Outdoors In Edinburgh

Sunday’s are the perfect day to get out and explore the Great Outdoors in Edinburgh. With so much nature to see on our doorstep we sometimes forget how lucky we are living in this fine city. Let Ellie Walker guide you round some of Edinburgh’s sometimes... read more

Friday Favourites – Give The Gift of Rabbits!

Easter is fast approaching! Why not treat your loved ones to some great Rabbit themed Art and Accessories instead of the inevitable Chocolate Easter Egg? Or if you’re feeling generous then maybe both?? The lovely Mary of Mary’s Milk Bar in the Grassmarket... read more

Look What I Saw in Edinburgh!

Huge thanks go to Victoria Ball and Molly Soar for their superb work today with Nicky Brooks, installing Look What I Saw In Edinburgh the 3rd year Illustration student exhibition! March 24 –April 15 –Edinburgh College of Art & The Red Door Gallery – 42... read more

Edinburgh College of Art Window Illustration

Victoria Bell from ECA is illustrating on our windows, live updates all day!  Victoria designed the poster for our 3rd year Illustration Student Exhibition, which will be hung today and available online soon.  We have some impressive pieces in from this pro-active... read more

FridayFavourites – Blue is The Colour!

We’re feeling blue in the gallery for this weeks #fridayfavourites; but it’s not what you think. We’re surrounded by lots of gorgeous new blue artwork and accessories. They take us off dreaming of turquoise blue seas, skies and holidays ahead! First... read more

Throw Back Thursday – Gemma Correll Interview!

Long time Red Door Blog Lovers will know we have a healthy archive of posts, going back to January 2008!  We have decided it would be fun to share some of the amazing interviews taken from our old blog, with you all here, as we are on the cusp of re-launcing our blog... read more

St Patricks day celebrations!

St Patricks day is both a cultural and religious celebration which occurs on this day every year.  March 17th is celabrated as the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. We thought we’d celebrate Red Door... read more

New Artist Alert! – AndSmile Studio

Wes Anderson fans will be rejoicing with the arrival of AndSmile Studio;  her quirky prints and brooches inspired by his great movies and pop culture are sure to make you smile! Who is AndSmile Studio? The lovely pink haired lady behind this great collection is... read more

Tiger Coffee Break

  Got the eye of the tiger and your gonna hear me roar….Louder than a Lion... Mid morning coffe is quite an important part of our day here at Red Door HQ, we use it as a time to catch up and plan the week ahead…. whatever the day of the week! ... read more

State of Independents

Opening doors to shoppers and artists alike  – Article in The Evening News 12/03/2015 It’s a gallery, a shop and an art boutique.  It sells everything from bags to brooches, cards to cushions, and prints to pom-pom hats.  And it helps to support emerging... read more

FridayFavourites – Kate Sheridan Geo Palm Collection

Spring is most definitely in the air, with the arrival of Kate Sheridan’s new Spring/Summer 2015 collection. We love this time of year when all the new season collections are released; it makes it feel like it’s almost time to escape from that winter... read more

#Competition Winners!

We have had a great and difficult job choosing the winner today, but here it is, a photograph of Port Of Leith Edinburgh, by Andrew Tong! We think you will agree the composition and quality of this image is very impressive, finding beauty in an unconventional location... read more

Friday Favourites-Dreaming of Spring!

This weeks #fridayfavourites is full of lots of Spring greens with some fresh new work to share with you! It’s a pretty chilly week here in Edinburgh but as we approach the end of February we’re all thinking of Spring just being round the corner! Spring... read more

Competition to Win a Red Door Gift Voucher!

Photo Competition We have a slight obsession with the colour ‘red’ and are looking for some cool photos featuring this most vivid and vivacious colour. Be it a photo of red artwork, red doors, red signs, red bicycles, red faces, red post boxes, red telephones and red... read more

50 Shades of Colour

As everyone flocks to the cinema to see 50 shades of Grey, we have something for those looking for a little bit of extra colour in their lives, long after the movie! Emily Mackenzies’ 50 shades of Scotland and England!! A beautiful array of  50 shades of... read more

New Artist Alert! The Grey Earl

We’re now full swing into 2015 and lots of new artists are joining the ranks at The Red Door. Popular Stars Are Braw Print – Lads Lads Lads!   Let us introduce you to The Grey Earl aka Jon Bishop. His prints have been flying out our browsers from his... read more

Late Night Gaming at Museum of Scotland

Friday the 13th unlucky for some! But not for all the lucky guys and gals with tickets to the Museum Lates ‘Games Master’ Evening at the National Museum of Scotland. The evening was a celebration of all things gaming! traditional games (hungry hippos... read more

ya’ absolute belter

What ever Valentine’s day has brought you this year, we hope you’ve said something nice to someone you care about! Ya absolute belter ! These chaps from The Grey Earl’s new “Stars Are Braw” collection have a few pointers if your running... read more

#FridayFavourites – The Colour of Love

Red is the colour of our very gallery and is the theme for this weeks #FridayFavourites. What do you see when you see Red? Love, Anger, Danger? It’s funny that one colour can evoke quite opposite feelings! Of course Love is  in the air as you all descend on the... read more

You’re Braw = LOVE!

“You’re Braw” is Scots for “I love you” as you can tell from our braw Valentine’s window!  We have put all of our crazy little LOVE THINGS in one place online, to help you find the right “Toucan” of affection for your... read more

New Artist – Twiggd

New Year and lots of new artists arriving at the gallery. Today we have the pleasure of sharing with you local talent Twiggd. Tara of Twiggd is the maker of the new colourful wooden illustrated jewellery now behind our Red Doors. It’s always interesting to find... read more

Reload: Tom Pigeon Snow

Here’s a photo diary of Tom Pigeon’s snow storm exhibition instalation in our windows, a perfect perch for their jewellery, prints, notebooks and more amid a flurry of a hand illustrateed snow! The “Anything” window featured the beautiful... read more

Eeeeek A Mouse!

“Ode To A Mouse” by Rabbie Burns, Illustrated by Red Door prints. Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim'rous beastie, O, what panic's in thy breastie! Thou need na start awa sae hasty, Wi' bickering brattle! I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee, Wi' murd'ring pattle!... read more

Vadar Goes Postal

You pop culture vultures will love Barry D Bulsara Collection, back in stock and with new works too ! The non-postal post man (a-hem – above print is titled “Vadar goes Postal”) has delivered us a few extras of these prints as we have a sneeky... read more

Handwritten Fonts

  A wee hint of natural script in a print can bring it too life, have peep at our handwritten font faves!  Hanna Melin takes on International Code Flags with her great, natural approach to typography, a lot of her works combine image and typography, have a peep... read more

Dreaming of Summer…

… These prints are the heart-warming eco ticket to the sun you need this January! We’ve put together a collection of our new favourite stay-cation rays of sunshine so you can have some fun in the sun from the comfort of your own living rooms.  As the... read more

Celestial Cities Window Exhibition

  David Fleck’s new print folio is our exclusive “Celestial Cities” window exhibition for January! Above you can see “Mars”, “Sun” and “Saturn” described with bold colours and Architectural styles. Illustrator... read more

New Year, New Work

We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and are gearing up for a fun filled New Year. There’s definitely a buzz about the city as it prepares for the famous street party and concert in the gardens. Just in time for the New Years celebrations, local artist... read more

Nicky’s Christmas Gift Ideas

Hot on the Heels of Ashley’s Xmas Gift Wishes, we have the gifts of wisdom from Miss Nicky Brooks. She’s got some classy art prints in her sack this year, a cushion or two, a geometric clock and some bacon rolls to finish up with. We’re busy busy... read more

Ashley’s Christmas Gift Ideas!

Here’s The Red Door Gallery’s Ashley Jessiman ‘in disguise’ and on the hunt for super cool Artwork. Her fabulous handpicked selection include some great prints, cushions, jewellery and quirky products. Click HERE for all of Ashley’s... read more

Victoria Street Sparkles

Glitz, glamour and 3D projections are heading to the Grassmarket to delight Christmas shoppers this weekend, come along to see how brightly Victoria Street Sparkles!  The dazzling spectacle on the corner of Victoria Street and the grassmarket on 11th & 12th and... read more

Deck The Walls

Giving the gift of art work supports a chain of individuals, here’s the story behind what was on our walls for Small Business Saturday!  Each screen print(above by Rich Fairhead, Mina Braun and Emily Hogarth) is hand pulled by the artist in an excellent, local... read more

Evelina’s Christmas Gift Ideas

The Red Door’s Evelina has given us a sneek preview of her Christmas Gift list as inspiration for yours!  We are just hoping her family don’t read this *Spoiler Allert* as below you can see a range of her gift ideas and exactly who they are intended for.... read more

New Tom Pigeon Jewels

The Lovely Pigeon that we all know and love here in the gallery has had an re-brand and is now Tom Pigeon. Beautiful geometric jewellery, prints and stationary continue with a few added extras all with the same attention to detail and style we love them for.... read more