13/03/2015














Just another idea for Mothers Day! What about these beautifully made e wrings by Edinburgh based Joanne Garner.

Price - £46.00 each




12/03/2015



How sparkly are these stunning earrings! could these be the best Mothers Day present ever by Glasgow based jeweller Kym Kinnison, priced at £60.00 

11/03/2015
















How much do we love these sawdust fired ceramic pieces by the rather wonderful Vanessa Bullick! 

Each piece comes boxed and is priced at £41.40  

03/03/2015

News Release: Immediate Release 
April 2015







The Perfect Print.

April 2015 sees the welcome return of the Scottish Borders based Jenni Douglas who will be showcasing her contemporary artworks, stationery and gifts for the home including mugs, cushions, coasters, bags and tea towels.

Also known as A Pair of Blue Eyes, Douglas is a printmaker/designer originally from Edinburgh and now based in the beautiful Scottish Borders countryside. 

Douglas uses traditional printmaking techniques to create unique and individual pieces which evoke memories of the beautiful mid century design period. Douglas’s pieces are destined to become design classics of the future. 

“I am passionate about printmaking and all of my designs start life as a hand drawing which is then developed as a linocut or screen print. I love the unique marks and textures which hand printing creates, and I enjoy creating pieces which retain a sense of these processes and the makers individual mark.”

Jenni also teaches printmaking workshops and regularly undertakes commissions to create one-off, bespoke pieces for individuals and businesses.

James Donald, co-owner of Concrete Wardrobe added “Having Jenni return to Concrete Wardrobe is fantastic as we know our customers really appreciate and covet her fantastic use of colour, line and design aesthetic, which we feel is very current with the resurgence of that mid century vibe.”

Douglas’s work will be on display at Concrete Wardrobe from the 1st to the 30th of April 2015. Concrete Wardrobe is from Monday to Saturday 11am to 7pm and Sunday 12 - 5pm.

Concrete Wardrobe 50a Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SA 
ENDS


PR and Co-Owners: James Donald & Fiona McIntosh.

29/12/2014

15 in 2015


News Release: Immediate Release
December 2014/ January 2015

15 in 2015.

2015 will see the 15th anniversary of one of Edinburgh’s most popular independent retail spaces, Concrete Wardrobe.

It is 15 years since Concrete Wardrobe was opened up by the award winning duo James Donald and Fiona McIntosh as an experimental pop up shop within the confines of Concrete Butterfly, a retail space once situated in the Cowgate area of Edinburgh’s Old Town district.

Originally set up as an experiment in the August of 2000 to sell McIntosh’s own silk screen printed textiles and Donald’s hand woven pieces, along side hand made work carefully curated from other Scottish based textile designers makers. This “experiment” very quickly expanded and became a permanent fixture and Concrete Wardrobe was launched in the December of 2000.

In 2007 Concrete Wardrobe moved premises to it’s current location, 50A Broughton Street, on the edge of Edinburgh’s Newtown, where Donald and McIntosh continue to sell and promote quality hand made pieces from Scottish based and trained designer makers. Jewellery, ceramics, glass and homewares were quickly added to the canon of textile designers that Concrete Wardrobe initially set out to promote. 

Speaking of the upcoming anniversary, McIntosh commented, “We are excited to be entering our 15th year in business as Concrete Wardrobe and have a few planned events and offers to mark this celebratory year for Concrete Wardrobe. A lot has changed through the 15 years, but we are still dedicated to bringing quality craft made objects to Edinburgh’s high street from some of Scotland’s leading craft makers”

Concrete Wardrobe is from Monday to Saturday 11am to 7pm and Sunday 12 - 5pm.
Concrete Wardrobe 50a Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SA
ENDS
PR and Co-Owners: James Donald & Fiona McIntosh.

19/11/2014

Q&A with Tessuti & PickOne

Fiona McIntosh, Tessuti:

1) Who are you and what do you do?

I'm Fiona McIntosh, a printed textile designer trading under the name
of Tessuti Printed Textiles and co-owner of Concrete Wardrobe.

2) Tell us something surprising about your studio space/education/life experiences.

I studied at the Scottish College of Textiles in Galashiels, which has now become part of Heriot Watt University.  I graguated in 1984 and set up in business a year later.  I work from my ground floor studio within the Albion Business Centre, tucked away behind the Hibernian football stadium.

3) What do you do to relax?

Although it doesn't sound very relaxing I've taken up drumming and joined a band! I'm tutored by my partner who's a drummer and is also in the band along with three other friends.

4) What advice would you give to other makers?

The best advice I can give to other makers is to follow your instincts - if it feels right, do it and persevere!



Jamed Donald, PickOne:


 1) Who are you and what do you do?

My name is James Donald and I am a hand weaver based at Coburg House Art Studios in Leith.  I think I have been working from there for the past 6 years or so.

2) Tell us something surprising about your studio space/education/life experiences.

My studio is in the basement of the building and originally this was a massive grain store, back in the day and more recently was used by Tom Kitchin as a storage space for his bits and bobs before I moved in. It’s a fairly big studio, which enables me to teach from as well as host other workshops.

In my humble opinion we have the best studios in Edinburgh in a very friendly busy space, which accommodates over 80 different artists and designer makers. I would not want to be anywhere else!

3) Where do you see your creative practice going?


Well I'd still like to be “going” to begin with! I have a few ideas up my sleeve that will keep me occupied for a wee while. Expansion is definitely on the cards.

4) Who would you like to have over for dinner?

Oh, that such an easy question to answer! I would have Alison Moyet, Dawn French and Graham Norton over for a few cheery G&T’s

5) What is the best thing about being an independent maker?

Having my own timetable and never really knowing 
what is around the corner.  I gave up my 18-year teaching job last December and I haven’t looked back! Opperchancities arise when you put yourself out there and this year I had the fantastic chance to participate in the World Crafts Council selling event  in Dongyang, China, which would never have happened had I still been tied to a regular 9 to 5.