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From Trad to Plaid: New Ways with Tartan

October 2012 sees the textile accessories of Lesley Thornton’s ‘Crimson’ label on display at Concrete Wardrobe for this month’s Maker of the Month exhibition.

Lesley Thornton studied Textile Design at the Scottish College of Textiles. After graduating in 1984, she worked in theatre wardrobe at The Byre Theatre and The Royal Opera House, before going on to design and produce textile accessories for a number of fabric designers. Thornton now produces textile work under her own label 'Crimson'.

Working from her garden studio in the lee of the Ochil Hills, Thornton’s mission is to make fabulous things from beautiful fabric. An experienced kiltmaker of 13 years, she was inspired whilst working with traditional Scottish tartans to use them in new and unusual ways. This started her range of contemporary tartan 'jewellery'.

Thornton’s exhibition will include new designs and colourways of her ever popular tartan jewellery – intricate twists and knots in the brightest plaids, and a flock of exotic tartan 'Burdies'; fashion accessories in an eclectic mix of tartan and vintage fabrics. Thornton describes this exhibition as “an exciting opportunity to showcase my new work at one of Edinburgh's most vibrant exponents of contemporary Scottish design.”

Fiona McIntosh, Co-owner of Concrete Wardrobe comments, “Crimson is always popular with locals and visitors to Edinburgh alike. Thornton’s designs use traditional Scottish imagery to create new, exciting and contemporary pieces you just want to pick up and wear.”

Crimson will be on display at Concrete Wardrobe from 1st to 31st October 2012.
New Opening Hours: Concrete Wardrobe is open Monday to Saturday 11am to 7pm. Sunday 12 to 5pm.

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The new September/October issue of Craft & Design magazine arrived in store today. It features articles on all the 2012 Selected Award winners, a free 2013 calendar featuring the award winners' work, and a free wall planner for 2013. How prepared can you be for next year!
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The beautiful and wearable jewellery of Misun Won arrived at Concrete Wardrobe today. Won graduated from ECA in 2008 and has exhibited internationally. I have my eye on the silver brooch with fuschia thread detailing.


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How great are these pieces by Edinburgh based company Silk Purse, Sow's Ear!

Silk Purse, Sow's Ear have fast become a regular here at Concrete Wardrobe and they follow hot on the heels of previous collections and we know you will love them as much as we do.


The festival has started and the sun has come out. Oh joy! 
As a result, Concrete Wardrobe has changed its opening hours in line with Scottish Summer Time. 

The new opening times are: 
Monday to Saturday 11am - 7pm
Sundays 12pm - 5pm

Pop in after work for an early evening craft fix after a day at the office. Restore your equilibrium between spreadsheets and lovely craft. It's better than telly! 


Edinburgh ceramicist Myer Halliday has his work on show at Concrete Wardrobe this month as August's Maker of the Month. His striking monochrome display with flashes of colour is a visual feast in the Concrete Wardrobe window. He has also been interviewed by STV Local about his work. You can read his article here:-