Dundee Wasps Open Studios

YEAH it’s happening!

We are welcoming people back to Meadow Mill for our WASPS Open Studios on the 6th and 7th August from 12 noon – 5pm.  This gives the public a real insight into how the different artists and designer work here in Dundee. All the spaces are so different from colourful busy spaces, quirky spaces, practical workshops to calm retreats. I love seeing pots of brushes, messy palettes, rows of tools!

Exhibition on the 4th Floor with a range of artworks to give a flavour of the creativity in the building.  And coffee and pastries from EH9 just next to my studio with a drawing table to sit and be creative!

This year I’m looking forward to seeing the studios of new tenants who have moved in over the last few years! 

Studios I’m looking forward to seeing:

Cara Rooney and her award winning illustrations, I love how she captures a childlike curiosity in her work. Kate Harvey with her colourful fashion textiles. The very dramatic landscape paintings from Ellis O’Connor. The hive of activity from the fabulous Dundee Ceramics Workshop with demonstrations and raffle. And in contrast we have artists who have been creating for many years, such as Maggie Milne who graduated over 40 years ago from DJCAD.

Organised Colourful Chaos

My studio will be organised colourful chaos, with a range of things I’ve been working on from: models, design sheets, test pieces, bespoke artworks plus I will have my full range of Dundee Delights greetings cards, tea towels, magnets including some new card designs and all the one-off prints that I’ve not had a chance to put on my online shop yet!

I’ve been really enjoying developing some larger scale watercolour collages. I started creating these during lockdown inspired by the river Tay. I really enjoy the balance and rhythms of colours and playing with composition to get them to work together.

I am also looking to clear some older works so big discounts on things too, if you’ve ever had your eye on anything – the time is now!  Plus I will be doing a wee special offer with 2 tea towels for £20 (£12.50 each).

Local creative businesses are joining in too from the 1st floor – Whimsical Lush with her quirky illustrations, Kerrie Aldo and her cool handmade outerwear, Susan Doyle with amazing aprons 1874 WORKS , Maggie Duncan with Made At The Mill and vintage clothing from Nicely Eclectic and many more…..

Lift access and free parking available (ask for a ticket when you arrive on the door). 

Please share this event to support lots of local creatives so we can let as many people know about our hub of creativity that we have here in our city.

I hope you enjoy your visit and come away feeling inspired!

This is the building you’re looking for, I’m on the 4th Floor in studio 404, come and say hello!

Artist Support Pledge

artist support pledge

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists have found themselves without work, teaching, technical support, gallery work. Exhibitions and sales have disappeared. In an attempt to help alleviate some of this stress, artists are committing to the ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE. Thanks to @matthewburrowstudio who started it. I pledge to buy £200 of art from another artist’s work when my sales reach £1000.
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Please email me directly message if you have any questions on the pieces or would like to buy anything. hello@louisekirby.com

Number 1 – 11 one-off hand screen printed on 16mm birch ply telling the stories of design in Dundee. Number 12 – 15 hand screen printed on paper.

  1. Under one roof 40cm x 40cm £175
  2. Fashion Textiles 40cm x 40cm £175
  3. Hands of X1 24cm x 24cm £60
  4. Hands of X3 24cm x 26cm £60
  5. Precious 40cm x 40cm £175
  6. Sonic 40cm x 40cm £110
  7. Sonic on Pattern 40cm x 40cm £110
  8. Building New Worlds 40cm x 24cm £120
  9. Warp and Weft 40cm x 24cm £75
  10. Tayberry 40cm x 24cm £90
  11. Fleet 40cm x 24cm £74
  12. Precious on Paper 29cm x 31cm £38
  13. Dundee Cake Check 28cm x28cm £42
  14. Dundee Marmalade Pattern 28cm x 28cm £42 – SOLD
  15. Dundee Marmalade in gold 28cm x 28cm £38


1. Under one roof 40cm x 40cm £175
2. Fashion Textiles 40cm x 40cm £175
3. Hands of X1 24cm x 24cm £60
4. Hands of X3 24cm x 26cm £60
5.Precious 40cm x 40cm £175
6.Sonic 40cm x 40cm £110
7.Sonic on Pattern 40cm x 40cm £110
8. Building New Worlds 40cm x 24cm £120
9. Warp and Weft 40cm x 24cm £75
10. Tayberry 40cm x 24cm £90
11. Fleet 40cm x 24cm £74
12. Precious on Paper 29cm x 31cm £38
13. Dundee Cake Check 28cm x28cm £42
14. Dundee Marmalade Pattern 28cm x 28cm £42 – SOLD
15. Dundee Marmalade in gold 28cm x 28cm £38

Thanks you for looking at my work. If you would like to see more about the work I do, check out my website www.louisekirby.com

Dundee Christmas Market Guide 2019

To help you know where the best Dundee Christmas Markets are, here is my wee guide. Perfect for finding out what’s on in Dundee for picking up something unique for loved ones or treating yourself. Read more about some of the people I’m looking out for at each of these events.  First up is….

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Wasps Open Studios Dundee

If you want to feel inspired come along to Wasps Open Studios in Dundee on the 26th & 27th October, home of the artists and designer of Dundee.  It’s a sneak peek into the studios were you will see a real variety of creative practices.

I will have my full range of illustrated products called Dundee Delights plus one-off prints, new Christmas card designs and of course a bargain box.  If you’ve never been to my studio before you’ll see my love of pattern and it’s a bit chaotic!  My Dundee Delights collection is highlighting the great things here in Dundee, everything from the V&A Dundee to Dundee Cakes.

Come along and see designers, makers and artists in their own creative spaces, where you will have a chance to enjoy a chat and even the chance to purchase some items right from where its made!

You’ll find a wide variety of work including textiles, fashion, illustration, printmaking, jewellery, drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics.

Also, a great way to find out more about our exciting range of events, workshops, and learning opportunities!  more info on the Facebook event page