A new craft space selling work by top designer makers and running contemporary craft workshops has just opened in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts has transformed an old charity shop in the heart of Tollcross into a shop selling the work of some of Edinburgh's best designer makers. Opened in December 2011 by Louise Smith, Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts sells work that demonstrates originality in its design and use of materials, attention to detail and a high level of finish.
Work for sale includes the industrial yet delicate enamel, iron and precious metal jewellery by Stacey Bentley, original porcelain and gold glaze rings and necklaces by Pauline Edie, fabulous hats from Tramp Millinery and simple yet striking carved porcelain pots by Gavin Burnett.
Louise Smith studied craft at degree level, graduating in 2007 with an Honours Degree. Her own work explores colour, pattern and movement, combining screen print with reclaimed materials to create bold and inventive jewellery. As well as being a practising maker Louise has spent the last three years in Manchester running community arts projects and events and teaching various crafts to all ages.
Louise moved to Edinburgh two months ago, and when the opportunity arose to take on the lease on a shop in Tollcross she decided to transform her love of craft, making, promoting and teaching into a new business.
In the New Year, Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts will be delivering an ongoing programme of Craft workshops, all taught by practising makers and experienced tutors. Workshops will cover a wealth of craft, from screenprinting your own cushion cover, creating a ceramic vase using traditional handbuilding techniques or making a felt broach from colourful merino wool fibres, beads and buttons.
The shop is open 11.30 – 8pm, Tuesday – Sunday.
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