BIG BOUTIQUE BASH in aid of MAGGIE’S DUNDEE 4th December

Come along for some festive shopping at bunty and bella big boutique bash on  sunday 4th December from 12noon to 4pm.  It’s not your usual craft fair with a circle of tables, the work is arranged around the beautiful interior amongst the lovely furniture.  It’s a great excuse to get a look inside the Frank Gehry designed building.

I took part in the last one and there was a lovely atmosphere in the building and lots of lovely makers, I did treat myself to one or two things…..  If you’re looking for lovely things for yourself or lovely people pop along and support this event in aid of Maggies Dundee – spread the word!

I will have a range of silk and wool hand printed scarves and a bargain box too.

The makers include – bunty and bella, bell & belle, caterpillar army, claire mcvinnie, eilidh boreland, hellojenuine, hilary grant, jane gowans, kiel fuqua, louise kirby, lovely pigeon, mhairi wild, monike rock art, nikki mcwilliams, sam marsh, tayac, yoke.

For more info on the event click here

It’s going to be a busy weekend for me, with WASPS WINTER POP UP at my studio on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd and this on Sunday 4th!

WASPS WINTER POP UP – Dundee! 2nd & 3rd December spread the word…

Im looking forward to getting together with my fellow wasp-ettes and other local creatives for the WASPS WINTER POP UP on Friday 2nd December (12noon- 7pm) and Saturday 3rd December (12noon – 5pm).

I will have a range of hand printed silk scarves and all my hand printed wool scarves are HALF PRICE and their is a BARGAIN box too, come along and try them on!

There will be a range of unusual, original and one-off gifts created by the folk who love what they do. A range of jewellery, ceramics, painting, textiles, printmaking and much more…………….

Live music, mulled wine and tasty treats too and a chance to blether to the makers and support your local creative business.  All the shopping done under one roof at 18 Airlie Place, Dundee, DD1 1HJ (just off the Perth Road, heading up towards the students union)

WASPS EXHIBITORS – Cathrine Holtet, Jennifer Robson, Kirsty Doig, Jonathan Hood, Genna Delaney, Nicola Morrison, Two Dolls, Jill Skulina, Louise Kirby, Louise Ritchie, Paola McClure.

SPECIAL GUESTS – Patricia Griffin, Fiona Henzie, Christina Hirst, Emma McDermott, Viktoria Begg, Iona Brown, Steven Higginson, Kate Pickering, Ashley McGregor, Cheryl McDermid, Michael Lambert.

For more up-to-date info follow the facebook event here

Labour of Love – Anthropologie NYC

My first export order has gone over the pond and far away… all the way to New York! They have flown to 2 of Anthropologie’s stores in New York – the Chelsea Market store and 16th & 5th store.

These hand printed scarves are all handmade by me in Scotland; and each scarf is ever so slightly different.  It’s intensive and very much a labour of love to design and craft my scarves to create the finished product.

Here’s a wee bit of info on the processes from start to finish:  From the mixing of dyes to create delicious pots of colour, I do lots of testing to get the right shades. Hand screen printing each scarf individually using complicated blending techniques and stencils of pheasants.  Mono printing the reverse side, gives a very unique hand made quality where each mark is scratched in.  Washing the screens, hanging to dry, steaming of silk to fix the dyes, hand washing till any loose dyes are removed (and by this time my fingers have all gone wrinkly), ironing, sewing and adding in the care labels. Then attaching the official Anthropologie labels, felt good! Packaging up and to note the massive amount of paperwork from purchase orders to packaging list then Fed Ex-ing over the pond!

It’s been a real learning experience working on this project and I’d like to thanks to the whole Anthropologie team that helped me get through all the hoops for exporting. I felt like a very little fish swimming across the Atlantic Ocean or perhaps more apt, a wee Scottish birdie flying across the Atlantic Ocean!

My work sits so well with Anthropologie’s brand and values; with their ethos of quality, love of pattern, and how they really embrace working with artists and makers.  I think this makes them them unique even though they are such a big company.

Their unique shopping experience means you just want to spend time in their stores. The beautiful displays are always a feast for your senses; and so many beautiful things mixed with very good styling and visual merchandising.

It’s great how having created the storefore front for their new Edinburgh store in May (see video), I’ve since designed a small collection for the Edinburgh store and now scarves for the New York stores.  I really hope the ladies of NYC like my scarves, who knows who will be wearing them!

WASPS CREATIVE POP UP WEEKEND

 

My studio will be open as part of this fab event.  I’m based at Airlie Place (just off the Perth Road and down from the students union)  There’s a great mix of Artists and Designers and Special Guests taking part.  I will have a range of luxurious silk and wool scarves for sale, and a bargain box for you to have a rummage.  Feel free to invite lots of people to this creative event happening in Bonnie Dundee.  For more information the facebook page click here.

WASPS Artists at Airlie Place – Genna Delaney, Nicola Morrison, Jennifer Robson, Paola McClure, Louise Kirby, Volker Rosenberg, Neil McIntee, Casey Campbell, Jill Skulina, Louise Ritchie

WASPS Artists at Meadow Mill – Kirsty Doig

WASPS Artists at Douglas Court – Cathrine Holtet, Jonathan Hood, Allan Beveridge,

SPECIAL GUESTS –
Two Dolls
Steven Higginson artist
Howard Callow
Dot Stewart
Juliette Townsend ceramicist
Amanda McAllum
Patricia Griffin
James Skelton Smith
Lee Mitchell
Christina Hirst
The Scarlet Bakery
Yoke

Invite to Big Boutique Bash This Sunday

If you’re in the Dundee area this Sunday 28th August, I (Louise Kirby)will be taking part in the Bunty & Bella Big Boutique Bash, in aid of Maggie’s Dundee from 12 noon to 4pm. I will have a range of hand printed scarves in silk and wool and lots of bargains too!

Some fantastic makers/designers taking part too jeweller Jane Gowans, accessories and prints by Lovely Pigeon, crafty accessories by Syrah Jay, wooden birdy accessories by Sharon Kirby, textiles by Mhairi Wild, printed things from Claire McVinnie, Eve Gardiner, Yoke, Sam Kennedy and delicious cupcakes from Bibi Bakery.

I am looking forward to getting to see inside the award winning Frank Gehry architecture.

Please invite others and spread the word!

Flying the nest…

Here are some of my recent paper designs created during my time through the Crafts Bursary in conjunction with Creative Scotland and DJCAD.

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Reluctantly I’ve cleared and moved out of my space in ‘the room’ in the textile department.  I’ve finished my time there and have taken my wings to fly to pastures new. I’ve found the experience so valuable to take time to consider my crafts practice, looking at all the strands I have with workshops, making products, designing surface pattern.  I’m going to reposition myself to being a surface pattern designer who creates patterns and illustrations for all surfaces from stationery, fashion, furnishings, ceramics and architecture…

During my time I had a chance to try new things, learn new skills, reconsider my business model, have mentor support and meet lots of other creative people, such a great vibe at DJCAD.  I highly recommend the opportunity.

Work in Progress

crafts bursary open day at DJCAD

crafts bursary work in progress

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Craft Bursary work in Progress – funded by Creative Scotland

Open day at DJCAD for University of Dundee staff to make comment on my aesthetic of my visual signature and where I am aiming to go with my business.

The ‘craft bursary’ is about taking risks and pushing boundaries and I feel this opportunity to get feedback on my work from another perspective I hope will help achieve this.

My fellow ‘Craft Bursary’ awardee, Ceramicist Fiona Thompson is also showcasing her work in progress.

 

 

Challenge

challengeAs part of the Crafts Bursary we are encouraged to take risks to push our practice.  On Thursday 17th Feb, myself Louise Kirby (surface pattern designer), Gilly Langton (jewellery) and Fiona Thompson (ceramicist) were briefed from Prof Georgina Follett and Dr Louise Valentine in the board room at DJCAD.  We had till 9pm to come up with a product in collaboration with each other using our specialist skills.  From this experience it taught us that we have strong creative skills as well as the other roles we work well in. Louise Kirby (designer, project manager and positive encourager), Gilly Langton (designer, summariser, marketing and pitcher), Fiona Thomson (artist and thinker).  I throughly enjoyed being part of a collaboration and work well with others in an enthusiastic, positive manner and see this as one of the ways forward for my business.

This Weekend – Dundee Wasps Open Studios

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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. http://www.waspsstudios.org.uk/studios/where-we-are/meadow-mill-studios/
Louise

Velvet Boutique closing down

Hello the lovely online boutique – Velvet Boutique is closing down on the 10th September, I sell scarves through Velvet Boutique and if you order anything you’ll get 20%off by entering the following e-coupon code during checkout: VBCLOSING.

Velvet Boutique Online Store is CLOSING!
We are closing on Friday 10th September.
As an honorary VB Member, you are entitled to 20% OFF which you can use against ALL products including those in the Sale. Simply enter the following e-coupon code during checkout: VBCLOSING
The voucher is valid until midnight on the 10th September. I know it’s far too early to think about Christmas, but this really is a LAST CHANCE TO BUY!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting us though six great years and in turn supporting a great number of talented Scottish makers.