Friday, 28 August 2015

Die Zauberflöte by Komische Oper Berlin

On leaving the Festival Theatre last night I was approached by BBC Arts to see if I would like to say a few words about the performance I had just watched.

Still mesmerised and captivated by the magical world of Die Zauberflöte by Komische Oper Berlin, and noticing the camera ready to record, I screamed 'No' while running for the exit.

However, I would like to say a few words here: Barrie Kosky and theatre group 1927's production of Mozart's Magic Flute was beautiful, quirky, sometimes mad (I'm thinking of the pink flying elephants!) and absolutely wonderful!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

From Scotland With Love

There is always something to talk about when the Edinburgh Festivals are on and it really doesn't get better than watching a screening of 'From Scotland With Love' with King Creosote performing live.

Love and loss, war, resistance, emigration, work and play – but most of all, Scotland, in a film that brings out not only the vividness of the past in the present but also very much the personal. With archive footage from the Scottish Screen Archive, Virginia Heath’s poetic documentary From Scotland with Love is screened with a transcendent original score written and performed live by Kenny Anderson, aka Mercury-nominated indie-folk hero King Creosote. (Edinburgh International Festival)

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Dear [The] Jewelry Story Lover,

In celebration of their 25 years in business, The Jewelry Story are having a party and we are all invited! For the month of May, their garden, studio and home will be open every Thursday through Sunday. And if the serving of locally made New York cheesecake, edible jewellery and 'bubbles' don't entice, then their jewellery certainly will.

Necklace in Titanium

Wide Ring in Gold and Sapphire

Big Wooden Brooch

After '25 years looking for beauty', I think it is fair to say that Marion and Jan's new collection 'Nature' epitomises their continuing quest.

Nature: a long necklace made of wood

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Pastel Paisley, Brushstrokes and Black and White Squares

Jumping around with the colour palette and patterns this week. 

This one was motivated by the glorious sunshine, a beautiful light pastel Liberty print dress.

One of my wrap style dresses in a Liberty print of browns, greens, greys and cream brushstrokes

layered with jeans,

a top and a scarf. The sun is shining but it is still pretty chilly here in Edinburgh.

And working on a new dress, a maxi dress. This one is in a large black and white gingham - small gingham and vintage gingham coming soon!

And this time layering with the stunning Hip to be Square necklace by The Jewelry Story 

herringbone tweed and some black denim.

And here, I'm just mixing up lighter layers in anticipation of those warmer days to come.

Friday, 27 March 2015

'One To Watch for 2015'

Last year I wrote about Waël Seaiby after seeing his work at the ECA Degree Show 2014.

This year he is one of the thirty finalists shortlisted for the 2015 New Design Britain competition.

Lots of luck Waël.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Coding Like A Girl

Originally given as talk at an AlterConf in Oakland, Coding Like A Girl addresses gender diversity in the tech and gaming industries and is well worth a read.

...I encourage you wear exactly what you want. Be as flamboyant, fancy, frilly, girly as you would like to be. Do it while being a gamer, a programmer, a game designer. Because you are helping to change people’s ideas of what a programmer/gamer/game developer looks like. And you are making the world a more awesome place by being you. - Coding Like A Girl by sailor mercury

Monday, 23 March 2015

Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts and Handmade PR

From 'design led upholstery & textiles' to 'blazing a trail through the Scottish knitwear industries', it certainly was an evening of 'handmade PR'! Over drinks at the gorgeous offices of Edinburgh's dynamic PR company, Hot Tin Roof,  I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Eve Hynd and Katy Birchall about their work and Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts.

Eve Hynd is the maker behind Native Flok, working on both traditional and modern upholstery for private commissions and visual art installations. She also collaborates with other textile artists and designers such as Katy Birchall.

Katy is the designer behind the very beautiful clothing label Winston. It was an honour to meet Katy as I admired her work when she was a student at DJCAD and featured her work here on my blog.

May 2013 - A beautifully innovative range of era inspired Scottish knitwear designed for the UK market: Winston embodies the desire to embrace and appreciate classic design whilst remaining current and appropriate to the modern fashion industry.  Katy Birchall

Both artists have studios at Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts, Abbeymount: a high quality multi- disciplinary craft workshop facility.
The shared studio supports emerging and mid-career makers, encourages collaboration and cross-discipline practice and our program of courses allows the general public access to fully equipped workshops, with courses taught by skilled professionals. 
Many thanks to Hot Tin Roof for a wonderful evening and reminding me that I need to get out more!


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