New work in Concrete Wardrobe this week is by Edinburgh based ceramicist Sandra Ogg. Trading under the name Circle Ceramics, Sandra produces handmade wall hangings, decorations, tea-light holders and functional vessels, from her studio at Coburg House.
She takes inspiration from childhood memories, and enjoys adding a touch of humour to her work. These framed ceramic tiles (£50 each) would look great in any room.
Our July Makers of the Month, Lara Scobie and Joanne Garner, have a beautiful display here at Concrete Wardrobe. The cool, clean colours of Lara's bone china ceramics feel and look amazing on a white or neutral surface. The perfect coaster for your summer gin and tonic. The delicate looking and very wearable jewellery by Joanne looks great with or without a tan. Come in and have a browse!
Tweed in a New Light
The tweed bags, accessories and home wares by Edinburgh based designer/maker Katherine Emtage are on display this autumn for our September Maker of the Month exhibition.
Working in Harris and other Scottish tweeds, Emtage produces design led bags and accessories, which use traditional tweed in new and innovative ways. With a rich jewel toned palette including mustard, chartreuse, poppy and magenta, Emtage specialises in quilting, ruching, pin-tucking and colour blocking the tweed, among other techniques, to create interesting and unusual pieces that are contemporary, with a timeless feel.
Emtage is debuting new work at her Maker of the Month exhibition, including tweed places to keep your technology, and introducing her new colours, plum and peacock.
The bags are both beautiful and durable. They have a three-layer construction, with an interlining for added durability. Natural materials are used wherever possible. Evening bags are lined in silk taffeta, day bags in bespoke hand printed cotton hemp. Her current collection includes day bags, evening bags, coin purses, technology solutions, corsages and tea cosies.
Of her exhibition at Concrete Wardrobe, Emtage commented, “It’s a great opportunity to showcase my collection, and trial new designs. When you see all the colours together it’s like a treasure trove of precious jewels.”
Fiona McIntosh, co-owner of Concrete Wardrobe added, “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.
Katherine Emtage will be on display at Concrete Wardrobe from 1st to 30th September 2013.
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PR: Katherine Emtage. Co-Owners: James Donald & Fiona McIntosh