Life according to Aberdeen based Helen Ruth is one big "Carnival" and judging by her new collection we can see why! 

These beautifully rendered fabrics will cheer anyones summer wardrobe with their beautiful prints and hand rolled edges.

Abstract Patterns and Functional Forms

This May, the ceramics of Lara Scobie are centre stage for Concrete Wardrobe’s Maker of the Month exhibition.

Scobie’s work combines decoration with functionality, and includes a range of jewellery, small vessels, tall jugs and bowls. Her prices range from £25 - £160.

Her work is predominantly concerned with the dynamic interplay between form and pattern. This is explored through drawing, surface mark making and volume. Surface patterns and details observed in botanical life have enabled Scobie to explore her love of colour and abstract pattern making. Her simple, considered forms are constructed from soft slabs of clay, with delicate rims and edges. The off-centre ellipses of the individual forms echo the line drawings and ornamentation of the painted surfaces.

Scobie has exhibited widely and her work is on display in public collections internationally. She has also gained awards for her work, and a Creative Development Grant from the Scottish Crafts Council. Fiona McIntosh, Co-owner of Concrete Wardrobe commented, “Scobie’s elegant functional forms, adorned with abstract pattern designs, have ensured her work is as sculptural as it is practical. She has made this union a natural and essential one.”

Concrete Wardrobe brings the work of high quality Scottish based and Scottish trained makers from the studio to the high street. 
Lara Scobie’s work will be on display at Concrete Wardrobe from 1st to 31st May 2012.
Concrete Wardrobe is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm. (Sunday 12 - 4pm from 1st April.)

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


PR: Katherine Emtage. Co-Owners: James Donald & Fiona McIntosh


Katherine Emtage - "Meet your Maker" April 2012

Your all invited to this fantastic event at Concrete Wardrobe, have a look and share it with all your friends and interested parties! A great way to get to know the brilliant maker Katherine Emtage and some other fantastic makers from around Scotland and beyond!

Click on the above link for more information. Thank you.

Man Bag - Front

Man Bag - Back


Tweed Dreams

Following a successful Christmas season at Concrete Wardrobe, April’s Maker of the Month Exhibition sees the return of textile designer maker Katherine Emtage. Emtage designs and makes handbags, accessories and home wares, using Harris and other prominent Scottish tweeds, at her studio in Edinburgh.

Emtage’s work is contemporary with a vintage feel. Clean lines and deceptively simple designs create an aesthetic of beauty and elegance. Products are both practical and beautiful. The strength of the product is discretely contained within the hardwearing three-layer construction.

Her current collection includes day bags, evening bags, coin purses, corsages and tea cosies. A new development for 2012, launching at Concrete Wardrobe in April, is the introduction of leather to a selection of current and new designs.
“Leather provides a new dimension to the tweed, a new companion. Two strong classic materials with a long heritage, my aim is that their relationship is both contemporary and symbiotic. Connotations with old fashioned gentlemen’s clubs etc., is no longer relevant.” Emtage explained.

Some designs explore the surface texture of the tweed through quilting, rouching and folding the fabric. Other designs use colour blocking to emphasise the deep tonal quality of the wool.  Day bags are lined in hand printed cotton hemp, evening bags in silk taffeta. Natural materials are used wherever possible.

Fiona McIntosh, co-owner of Concrete Wardrobe commented,
“Emtage has a loyal customer base at Concrete Wardrobe who appreciate the quality and beauty of her work. Her new range shows that tweed has a place very much in the 21st century.”

Concrete Wardrobe continues to support local and Scottish trained designer makers as Scotland’s foremost independent retailer of design led craft.

Emtage’s work will be on display from 1st to 30th April 2012. Concrete Wardrobe is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm. Sunday 12 to 4pm.


All is set up for .... Click the image to take you to the link!

Are you coming? Today we are having ceramicist Chris Donnelly coming in so why not "Meet your Maker" 

If you can't make it today be sure to tell all your chums and come visit us in the month of March to see this exciting collection of work.

Pics to follow!