These beautiful paper Acrobats are performing over our wintery Victoria Street
Our Red Door Gallery is chockablock with beautifully bespoke and wonderfully handmade items which we would like to celebrate! All the items in this collection have been made by the hands and hard work of each artist and the results will amaze and impress. So why not gift a handmade treasure this Christmas? Guaranteed to have been made with a whole lotta love and dedication to creation!
A Very Rough Guide To Birds
Artist Book by Rachel R Turner
Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh Postcard
Made by Rachel R Turner
Rachel Turner has lived and worked in Edinburgh ever since graduating in 2012 from the Edinburgh College of Art with a Degree in Painting & Drawing. Inspired by many things, this beautiful city, corroding coastlines, the natural world and life’s little mysteries, Rachel has created a variety of illustrated goodies. She enjoys devising and completing self started projects, working on commissions and exploring the boundaries of illustration – with some weirder fine art stuff on the side! Rachel has created a beautifully unique artist book for our Gallery, The Very Rough Guide To Birds. This passion project began with a birthday gift comprising of a second hand rocking chair and a pair of binoculars. Rachel could now stare out her top floor flat window and watch the birds fly by much more effectively! Made with a lot of love and humour, unusually printed onto newsprint paper and hand bound and finished, this garden bird edition ‘guide book’ is a perfect gift for the novice bird-watcher! Also by Rachel are the Salisbury Crag Postcards which feature an abstract interpretation of Edinburgh’s famous Crags of Arthur’s Seat. The illustration was originally drawn in situ, in the shadow of the Seat and these printed postcards have been hand finished with an ink stamp and signature. These are lovely mementos!
P.S. Rachel is also one of our lovely Red Door worker bees, and gets very excited seeing our customers enjoying her work!
Marbled Ceramic Plant Holders
Made by Emporium Julium Ceramics
Bubble Ceramic Dishes
Made by Emporium Julium Ceramics
Emporium Julium Ceramics is artist Julija Pustovrh, originally from Slovenia now living and working in Edinburgh and with a background in Landscape Architecture. Julija has always drawn inspiration from nature. Exploring the fine line between real and imaginary plant worlds and looking at forms, structures and patterns in micro and macro scales. Creating unusual pieces with uniquely flexible functions! Her beautiful Bubble Ceramic Dishes are handmade and each one completely unique due to the organically unpredictable nature of their bubbly glaze which is inspired by snowy landscapes and stars in the winter skies. The Marbled Clay Ceramic Plant Holders are ceramic disks made from different recycled clays mixed with sand from various beaches in Scotland. Julija has collected sand from remote coasts around Scotland in order to explore connections between Scottish landscapes and their coastal features. Love it!
Acrobat Hanging Decortion
Made by Esther Kent
Esther Kent graduated from the Duncanston Jordanston College of Art, Dundee in 2004 and went on to study publishing before working within the arts. She is now based in Kinross, Scotland where she lives and works as a freelance illustrator. Her methods of making include collage, coloured pencil and gouache paints and has even written and illustrated her own children’s book called Molly’s Circus. Esther finds great inspiration for her work from family life (including her four chickens), mid-century homewares, pattern and printed ephemera and of course the magic of the circus! New to our Gallery are these darling Little Goose Decorations which have been Inspired by the flocks of pink-footed geese that over-winter at Loch Leven every year. They have been hand-printed by Esther onto sustainably sourced ply and finished with jolly butcher’s twine for a real folksy feel. A decoration for all year round, not just for Christmas! Also by Esther Kent are these fantastical Acrobat Hanging Decorations which are ideal for jazzing up your home. These colourful paper trapeze artists come in a set of six and have been printed and hand cut. The paper acrobats are also accompanied by a hanging tag and hoops, so they’re ready to balance and display however you fancy.
Crochet Cactus with Colourful Pot
Made by Emily Sian Hart
Crochet Cactus with Monochrome Pot
Made by Emily Sian Hart
Emily Sian Hart is a crochet and plant over who graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Fine Art Photography in 2013. Not long after that, Emily began to crochet and discovered she loved it! An evening hobby fast became a blossoming business and now Emily is creating a wonderful range of crochet products from her home studio in Glasgow. Back in our Gallery are her uber cute Crochet Cacti in Pots which proved super popular with all you plant lovers when they first arrived. Well, this fresh batch need new homes and ‘here’s looking at you, kid’… hand crocheted with hand painted pots, they’re made with love and skill. But which will you choose?
S.K.Works are a splendid multi-disciplinary studio specialising in Leatherwork and Screenprinting. They are the producers of beautiful products that endure with elegance and bring simply stunning, cotemporary leather goods and accessories into the everyday. The design virtuosos running the show are Ashley and Ian who are based in Midlothian, Scotland and make everything in their studio from UK sourced materials, and with tools they love both new and vintage – they’re trusty! Brand new DIY Leather Purse Kits are ideal for stretching those creative muscles, you’ll learn to cut, paint, edge burnish, assemble and wax your very own Leather card purse. A mighty nice way to collaborate with S.K.Works and let your individuality shine! Also new for the festive season are the Leather Christmas Decorations which have been cleverly created from excess leather left over from the bag and accessory production at the S.K.Works studio. Grab yourself a set of three hand embossed and exclusively designed snowflake decorations by Ashley and Ian!
P.S. Ashley isn’t only a talented and brilliant designer behind S.K.Works, she’s also a Red Door Gallery whiz kid and a super member of our tiny team.
Mr. PS began in 2004 and is a joint venture between designer Megan Price and the illustration skills of Robert Shadbolt. Together they create popular screenprinted products, and their Mr.PS label now has many far reaching fans! Their studio is based in Salford, UK and it is where they design, print and sew all their gorgeous goodies. Main man Megan studied Printed Textiles and Illustration at Middlesex University before also receiving a degree in Visual Communication, and now an accomplished freelance illustrator! Brand new in store are the Knot of Friendship Hankies which have been lovingly hand screenprinted and are lovely, sentimental items evoking family connections and ties with loved ones. We also have the magical Moon Phases Pencil Cases which feature a vintage educational image of the six phases of the moon, as it waxes and wanes in the night sky… Again, entirely handmade in the Mr.PS Studio!
Altogether now… a jazzy assortment of handmade delights
All the artists and designers featured in this blog have even more wonderful products to their name, and new work is arriving at our shop everyday. Check our website to keep up to date. In the meantime, have a lovely rest of your day from us all at The Red Door Gallery!