Preparation, preparation, preparation…..

Since discovering my design was selected for the hoarding covering Anthropologie‘s new Edinburgh George Street store, I’ve been making sure my original 40 centimetre long artwork can be translated on to the giant 10 meter long space!

I’ve been very busy preparing huge stencils; choosing new delicious especially mixed colours; and laying out the design along my studio corridor to check the scale and visualise the surface I will be decorating.  I love seeing my work in different contexts!

I’m very excited about creating the artwork and a wee bit nervous as Scottish film maker David Council is going to be documenting me through the process.

Fingers crossed for sunny weather in Edinburgh from this Thursday onwards!

Big scale news!

Anthropologie Edinburgh Store

I’m very excited to reveal that I’ll be covering Anthropologie‘s brand new Edinburgh store on George Street with my colourful marks! Anthropolgie are an incredible brand with a fantastic mix of women’s fashion, accessories and homeware – the Edinburgh store will be the first in Scotland!

I saw this great opportunity through incredible creative networkers – Central Station, so big thanks to them… It will be amazing to see my work on such a large scale – I can’t wait and am totally up for the challenge.

I don’t want to reveal the final 10m wide design just yet but you can see me live in action at the big blank space, near Lakeland from Thurs 19th May – so please pop past and say hello!

My work will be on show until the official store opening on 15th June, when it will be turned into take-away art for guests at the opening!

A trip to the zoo.

Entrance to Camperdown Wildlife Centre

Having a splash to cool down in sunny Dundee

Signage to Camperdown Wildlife Centre







Just spent the morning taking some photos at Camperdown Wildlife Centre in Dundee. I enjoyed wandering in the sunshine and seeing the animals.  There’s a selection of pygmy goats, donkey, scottish wildcats, snowy owl, rhea, golden eagle, wolves, ring-tailed lemur, wallaby, brown bears ………  I wasn’t there just for a jolly I was looking for some colour inspiration as well as animal silhouettes.

There were some funny sights with 2 rhea chasing each other and falling; and a golden eagle running with giant legs that look like they belonged to a yeti!  There were some beautiful peacocks with exquisite coloured feathers that were very inspiring.  And of course the 2 brown bears that just look like they want a cuddle.  The Wildlife Centre has just had a new entrance and coffee shop which looks so much better.  A wee thanks you to Cara Pirie for letting my borrow her fab Nikon camera to do some close ups with her zoomy lens!

Running Rhea

Exquisite colour of the peacock

Beautiful Tail Feathers

Mmmm at the Missoni Hotel

I’ve just spent the night at the Missoni Hotel in Edinburgh – what a great place! It’s a surface pattern designer’s dream, with incredible colours and patterns everywhere.  I love how they’re not afraid to use colour in a bold way; and mix in lots of patterns and textiles together.

They make great use of the space with mirrors and shiny walls; their love of pattern and juxtaposition of pattern and colour echo many of the qualities within my work.

Everything within the hotel is part of their Italian brand –  delicious dinner menus, zig zag dressing gowns, coffee mugs, carpets, giant textile mirror frames and Italian inspired classic cocktails!

Stripes in the lift

Louise Kirby amongst the pattern

Entrance to the Missoni

A world with colour!

Colour Palette

In Louise Kirby world it’s all about colour, markmaking and patterns.  This week I’m concentrating on colour; and trying to find the best combination for my new designs to create the right mood and capture a sense of Scotland.

I love mixing colours, I could do it all day; you can always finding new combinations.

Imagine the world with no colour, it would be pretty bleak!

This Weekend – Dundee Wasps Open Studios


Just a reminder that it’s the Dundee Wasps Open Studios this weekend.
All my collections of scarves will be reduced in price and bargain boxes too where scarves are less than half price.  My luxurious hand printed wool scarves will be less than half price.  All my scarves are individually hand printed on silk or wool by me.  Come along, try them on and enjoy my colourful patterned studio.
30 artists will be taking part in the one building from a wide range of creative practices – painting, ceramics, illustration, textiles, jewellery, installation, photography and much more.
I hope you can come along.  Please spread the word to others you think may be interested.
Saturday 11am – 5pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm
For more info check out the website or email me.

Tunnock Teacakes


I love this bag I got as a present from a friend who knows me well! I love tunnocks teacakes! I love the stripey wrapper – it’s a design classic! The designer/maker of the bag is a girl called Gillian Kyle based in Glasgow, she screen printed bags and aprons.  The one I got is foil printed.  Other in the range include other nostalgic scottish things – spam, scottish plain bread, scottie dogs and highland coos, sporrans .  Did you know tunnocks have a I dark chocolate version of the teacake, with a navy blue and gold wrapper.  My one was bought in the DCA shop in Dundee.  Check out her website