Craft Scotland, Edinburgh Summer Show

You don’t need me to point out how many events are on just now in the Edinburgh Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival – but I will anyway – over 30,000 Fringe performances alone – it’s the biggest arts festival in the world.  And in Venue 205, Craft Scotland occupies the 2nd floor of White Stuff ,89 George Street, Edinburgh until Sunday 28th August 2016.


Work by Clod & Pebble, Hilary Grant Knitwear, Warped Textiles, Clare Dawdry.

Thirty one Scottish makers – potters, textile designers, jewellers and furniture makers – were selected to be part of this years Summer Show, unifiedspace being one of them. So I took the opportunity of launching some brand new designs for scarves and ties, discussed in more detail in this interview.

Breton Signal

‘Breton Signal’ 100% Irish Linen Tie & Pocket Square.

I’ve added 100% Irish Linen ties to the range. I’m still producing the original Fife linen union ties (available from Urban Reivers Festival Shop on George Street) but I’ve been asked for slightly more formal ties and the finer texture of the Irish linen achieves a fairly polished look – don’t worry, the ties are not going all corporate in nature, the prints are anything but!

There are 100% silk scarves in the same print – just in case you want to go out ‘matching’?! I’ve also added some gender neutral skinny scarves/cravats, silk squares and gauzy wool and cashmere blends for the Autumn.

scarf Night Hatching 3

‘Night Hatching’ 100% Silk Scarf

Love You, designed by Niki Fulton

‘Love You’ Wool & Cashmere blend scarf

If you would like to hear a little more behind the scenes chat at unifiedspace HQ, Creative Edinburgh kindly arranged for filmmaker David P Scott to shoot this short vimeo.

You might hear in the film I mention a new bespoke service. More about that soon but essentially, it’s about commissioning your own print/pattern – one which reflects your story, your colours, your life – a modern portrait if you like, and one that can be worn.

Also, lots happening next week too so another post will follow very soon regarding the run up to the Paisley 2021 City of Culture bid.

Meanwhile, enjoy the final week of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe and please pop into the Craft Scotland Edinburgh Summer Show if you can – there’s a special late night opening this Thursday 25th August and I believe even some goodie bags are to be had!



A Colourful Edinburgh

You may have noticed I have written very little over the summer and oddly enough it is because I’ve been over- inspired (if such a thing exists?) One of the many benefits of living in Edinburgh is, come August, the International Edinburgh Festival starts and with it comes literally thousands of arts events every single day. There is so much to write about, it’s actually difficult to start.

Being a colour fiend, the first event I targeted was Mirazozo, (images above) a giant inflatable structure designed by the Architects of Air. After removing my shoes, I entered a maze of inter linking tunnels and open spaces all naturally lit but filled with wild dancing colours which blend, fuse and alter as the sun comes and goes outside the structure. It’s an event which takes you directly from a ordinary day right into another world.

In Inverleith House you can seen a collection of Robert Rauschenberg ‘s work from the period (1982-1998) when he was exploring the reflective and textural effects of metal and glass and other reflective surfaces. The work is displayed in natural light and you may notice some green reflection from the Botanic Gardens outside. Some of the work demonstrates his obsession with the discarded object, very relevant, as he famously said “I think painting is more like the real world when it is made out of the real world”.

At The Fruit Market Gallery the work by Ingrid Calame takes a detailed look at markings she finds on the ground in ordinary places such as car parks. She traces detailed lines and takes her tracings back to her studio and layers them up into what she calls her “constellations”. She finds the markings interesting because each mark on the ground relates to a historical event having taken place, whether deliberate or accidental. They are therefore what she terms, “micro histories”. She says, “Finding marks to trace is like finding a snowflake – there is an individual beauty in them”.

Her more delicate work I was unable to photograph but I also enjoyed her scraped and peeling surfaces borne from our industrial age.

As you can see, an overload of colour, form, texture and light and that is only three venues – I haven’t even mentioned Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photographic exhibition at The Modern Art Gallery where he has discharged electrical currents through photographic film and produced dramatic and highly innovative work.

Sensory overload is the only way to describe what is happening right now in Edinburgh…and it’s wonderful.