Twelve independent Scottish designers you should know about
- Craig Angus
- 4 November 2020
This Christmas, support your indie artisans and buy beautiful, well-made pieces you'll treasure for years to come
One of the upshots of 2020 is the support that's been shown to independent producers, with an increased awareness, perhaps, of the risks people take to share the things they love for a living. Scotland is full of incredible talent in the field of design, of people applying their creative skills in a unique way. With Christmas on the horizon, here are twelve independent producers you should know about.
Our brown hare's fur glaze is the perfect autumnal colour. I've been seeing it everywhere in moss, tree bark, falling leaves and the coppery kelp at the tide line. It was the first glaze I developed when we opened this time last year and I'm sure the season influenced my choice.
#studiopottery #ceramics #design #craftscotland #glasgowceramics #glasgowpotter #glasgowsouthside #wheelthrown #stoneware #handmade #ceramicglaze #wildgorsepottery #handmademug
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Wild Gorse Pottery
With a shop and studio on Glasgow's Pollokshaws Road, Wild Gorse specialise in wheel-thrown ceramics made on site, with a main wheel in full view of the shop counter so you can see the magic happening. It seems like a fun activity, and they hope to resume classes in February 2021. In the meantime visit their shop online or in person.
I've been feeling a bit weird about posting. Selling, or even cheery posts feels weird when there's so much going on in the world and going through my mind. I don't want to encourage people to order by posting seeing as I'm chasing my tail with production right now (you lot are really great).
So for a few days at least I've changed the link in my profile to an email template by @safepassageuk helping us write to our MPs calling for safe passage to the UK for child refugees.
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All That Is Braw
Eilidh Weir and a small team of skilled central Scottish seamstresses make classic clothing built to last. Get yourself beautiful pyjamas that'll do a perfect job for a lifetime, a nightshirt, onesie or bib for kids and babies, or even a gift voucher for a special someone.
This year Elements hosts the The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust Raffle, including a pair of my Gomme Silver Studs pictured here! There’s 20+ other beautiful pieces by other makers also exhibiting. All profits go towards @incorporationofgoldsmiths programmes to support students and emerging makers in Scotland through Precious Metal Grants and more. Winners will be announced on 8 November 🎟 link in bio to enter, tickets just £10 🎟 .
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Cecilia Stamp makes contemporary graphic jewellery inspired by architecture and the man-made. The 'ready to wear' range presents a uniquely Modernist take on jewellery, characterised by an understated palette and considered simplicity. Stamp also does bespoke commissions, particularly useful if you're looking for wedding or engagement rings.
Just a little simple one this week as I’m working on some commissions! Get in touch if there’s something you would like to buy.
#commission #artistblacksmith #artistsoninstagram #line #figurativeart #nude #womenwhoweld
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An art blacksmith, Jones has made everything from large public art sculptures to garden and homeware commissions – if you're looking to gift something unique and bespoke. Her line drawings are full of character and movement, translating perfectly from pen to steel.
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They are our best friends, and there's no reason our faithful companions shouldn't look and feel amazing. My McDawg is the brainchild of Eilidh Campbell from South Uist, one of only four islands allowed to produce Harris Tweed. She combined her love of her home, with her enduring affection for animals (especially her Cockapoo, Isla) to make fancy collars, leads, harnesses and even bows for your pooch.
Simple accessories for Friday 🖤💙The Ice and Grey Dottie necklace is an easy wear, especially with v necks. It's on a chain that can be adjusted from 16" to 18" depending on what neckline you're wearing and what makes you feel most comfortable!
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Edinburgh-based Beth Lamont blends a love of ceramics – its scale, colour, clean form and feel – with a passion for jewellery. Her confident and colourful pieces are tasteful in their minimalism, and often use rope or cord. Something to make you stand out from the crowd.
So happy to see Japanese fashion guru @toshihiro_yasutake looking great wearing the ombré ‘Peat Scarf’ (wool & cashmere). Such a lovely feeling to see designs on real people in far away places. Thank you for tagging me on your stream @toshihiro_yasutake
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Small batch production of ties, scarves and pocket scarves are the speciality of Niki Fulton, an artist who explores colour as a design tool – and whose products positively explode with vibrancy, as you'd expect from someone who's studied the subject so specifically.
IRREGULAR STYLING FOR AUTUMN
Here is my sister in law @lindsfin11 looking fabulous in her Big E-Z Hot Pink pyjama suit styled with various layers on a rainy day in Glasgow. Boots are by another independent Scottish brand @botannboots, designed by our friend (and model) @robert_mccaffrey_studio. They are neopreme lined and we [Lindsay, Mil and I] wear them constantly.
We can't wait to see how you style your pyjama suit out and about. And if you've yet to get in on the multi-coloured…
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Irregular Sleep Patterns
Socially conscious pyjamas bedding made by a Glasgow-based duo who love fashion but not cyclical, wasteful fast fashion. We spend half our lives in our beds, and when you put it that way it makes sense to look and feel amazing when you're tucked up.
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Run by Catherine Johnston from Mount Florida in Glasgow, Object Company is a woodwork and ceramics studio that focuses on the natural beauty of the materials used. All wood is donated, collected or bought from tree surgeons local to the area; and nothing in the wood carving and turning, or wheel-thrown pottery process, goes to waste.
The #AbbeyhillSweater, the perfect wardrobe stable to take you through late Autumn and right on into Winter. This sweater comes with a few options for making it. First, we have a straight up download of the pattern via our website or Ravelry. This is perfect for those of you who perhaps like to substitute yarn and have something ready to use at home already this weekend.
Not that confident about yarn substituting or just want an exact replica? No problem! We also have 2 kits options…
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Whether you're interested in taking up knitting, already knit and need some supplies and patterns, or you simply want to pick up a warm, handmade woolly sweater or a pair of socks to get you through the winter and beyond, the Edinburgh business Ysolda has it covered.
Day two of @teagreenevents online marketplace. Time to #treatyoself (or someone else🎁) with 10% off and free U.K. shipping on all orders.
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Inspired by mechanical shapes, forms and movement; I create jewellery using a maximalist combination of precious metals and linoleum.
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From her homeland – the Kingdom of Fife – Roslyn Leitch's striking, colourful jewellery uses maximalist combinations of precious metals and linoleum, with the artist drawing inspiration from mechanical shapes, forms and movement.
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Bonnie Powell produces jewellery from her Glasgow studio through traditional dying processes, single use casting methods and hand forming techniques. She uses recycled sterling silver and embraces the individual marks and indentations each piece takes on - in her own words 'building a continuous dialogue between maker, wearer and object.'