Wednesday, 27 February 2013

@NtlMuseumsScot #rbsmuseumlates Vikings!


The Vikings returned to Edinburgh on Friday February 22nd, for the latest evening of creative entertainment at The National Museum of Scotland.  This multi-award winning event called RBS Museum Lates is a regular favorite in The Red Door Gallery calendar as it gives us the chance to commission some participatory projects from one of the highly talented artists and illustrators we work with.  Astrid Jaekel's bold use of monochrome seemed the perfect fit for this Viking themed evening!

Astrid created 8 DIY badge designs which referenced tapestries, bed posts, coins and folklore all to be found in the Museum's Viking exhibition (on display until May 12th).  Her final black and white pieces were delightfully witty and playful but had enough room for the Museum Lates guests to colour them in.  They varied in complexity, which satisfied the speedy novice through to the painstaking professional as they added colour and text to the unfinished badges.  Ashley and Lindsey were on hand to help cut and stamp the badges into their durable shells, so everyone left with a truly unique, wearable artwork!

In keeping with the Viking theme, Astrid also designed a Cut-out & Make Viking Drinking Horn, inspired by the myth that Viking's wore horns on their helmet - they actually wore horns around their necks and used them to drink their water... or something a little more alcoholic from!  We were on hand with a Runic Alphabet so the participants could add their own secret message to the drinking horn or badge designs.  The sharp font gives a definate style and the people we were chatting with seemed to either write their name, or get a little rude!

Rude or polite, we would love to see photo's of your badges and drinking horns so please email them to or tweet them to us.  You can also post them on our Facebook page, where lots of our photos from the night are up - and there are some good snaps in there so please have a peep!

There was an exhibit of some of Astrid Jaekel's works on the night, along with other pieces by The Lindstrom Effect, Mr Millerchip, Mrs Eliot Books, Laurie Hastings and many others.If you would like to see some more works by Astrid Jaekel, please click here - more to be added this week!    If a little something caught your eye, drop an email to or call 01314773255 and we will trace it back for ya.

As always, thanks to The National Museum of Scotland for letting us join in the fun, to Astrid for all her beautiful works and y'all for making it such ruddy fun!  Museum Lates is back on May 17th and we think this may be the best yet, so keep the date free and check here regularly for notification of ticket sales!

Monday, 25 February 2013

New Tatty Devine

The start of a new week in the gallery and what could be a better way to start it than the arrival of.................

The NEW Tatty Devine Collection!!!!

 It's a feast for the eyes!!! Bright and Beautiful just as we come to expect from the lovely ladies behind the label. Their Spring/Summer 2013 collection is inspired by Spring Festivals, Indian Godesses and bright fluro colours that are really Hot right now!!
You can see some of the new collection in our online shop here Tatty Devine. If you're local to the gallery then do stop by to check it out. We think it's one of their best collections yet.

This little guy is another of our favourites Reminiscent of vintage Victorian carved tortoiseshell jewellery.

Tatty Devine Jewellery is designed and made in the U.K - Support British made and buy from local artists and designers.
 Many more British and local artists and designers can be found online at The Red Door Gallery.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Bright and Cheery new collection by Me and Zena

Just as we were starting to think Spring was on it's way..............

We may still have to put up with more snowfall but you can cheer yourself up with the new collection from Me & Zena that's just landed in the gallery!!
This amazing ring above is sure to make you feel like spring is just round the corner!!
We have our eye on it along with this cute paint brush necklace in conjuction with the Satchi Gallery!!
You can see lots more online here Me and Zena and in the gallery.

Wrap up warm it's chilly out there and stop by the Red Door Gallery to bring a little bit of sunshine in to your life!!

Monday, 18 February 2013

The Sun Is Shining Over Edinburgh!!

It's a gorgeous day in Edinburgh, if you're lucky enough to be outside enjoying the rare apearence of the sun then you should pop on by the gallery to check out some of our lovely prints to brighten up your walls on this lovely sunny day!
Sunlight of Closed Lids have some of the Cheeriest Prints for your home, you can check out their collection here Sunlight on Closed Lids
We love a wee gander round Edinburgh in the sunshine, stopping by one of our favourite spots for Coffee and Cake.
Some of our favourites are the lovely ladies at Love Crumbs up at Westport. Only a short stroll from the gallery. Their cakes don't only look beautiful, they taste devine.
Our other favourite for the coffee geek in you is BrewLab, up behind the museum on South College Street, The boys at Brewlab know a thing or two about coffee, serving up the most perfect coffees from v60 to Flat White, there's something to satisfy every taste and they are always happy to recommend something new. Their delicious cakes are also by the lovely ladies @hellolovecrumbs
If coffee isn't your bag then why not Sunshine In A Cup from Victoria Street friends @HulaJuiceBar.
We are a little bit addicted to their Whirling Dervish Smoothie at the moment!!

Hope to see you  all soon........

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Perfect Lazy-day Reading @ohcomelymag-now available in online!

The New copy of Oh Comely Magazine has arrived in the Gallery and in our online shop. We are all eager to get our paws on a copy.
It's perfect Lazy Sunday readying, full of excitng interviews, beautiful photograpy and illustrations.
In issue 14 there's an interview with Red Door Gallery favourites First Aid Kit, How to make your own cheese,Trashy Novels and Lego Car Races (you're never too old!!) to name but a few of the exciting reads inside.

That's our Sunday sorted, A trip to @StockbridgeMark for some local goodies, a flat white from @SteamPunkcoffee, cosied up on the sofa with our favourite read @ohcomelymag, most likely with a cat on our lap!


Friday, 15 February 2013

Make some beautiful 3D shapes come to life and have your own fabric or paper palls!

These guys are keeping us company here in The Red Door Gallery and they make such elloquent friends!
The paper palls are £7-£7.50 and the beautiful sew your own plushes start life as a beautious teatowel so if you never get round to yer sewing they remain fully functional and just £11.50!  For more info and to see the full range click here!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

We HEART @thelistmagazine

So Valentine's day is almost upon us, if your still stuck for the perfect gesture, have a look at The List Magazine's great round up of innovative, fun and irreverent gifts for those who love love and those who hate hearts in equal measure. 

It turns out those good looking, intelligent and utterly style conscious peeps at The List HQ think we have some gifts to shout about!  The 1985 Collective's "Take Me To Your Ruler" (pencil) with matching "I Am Your Ruler" ruler £4.50, is considered one of their top 8 Loved Up gifts.  If your feeling a little Down With Love, Carolyn Alexander's "Haughty Bitches" zine at £6 is bound to crack a smile.

This copy of the magazine also comes with free guide to Scotland's Festivals in 2013, so perhaps a copy of The List could set you up for the summer months too!

Monday, 11 February 2013


This week is full of special occassions! Before we even get to Valentines Day we have Pancake Day to contend with!!
Who doesn't love an excuse to have Pancakes?? Will you be having them for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  or all of the above?

This little rhyme reminds us of our school day (wow!! that really was quite some time ago!!)

Mix a pancake, Stir a pancake, Pop it in the pan. Fry the pancake, Toss the pancake, Catch it if you can!

I'm sure you all have lots of Pancake Recipes to turn to but are any of them as fun as Kate Suttons
Kath's Go Faster Pancakes?
A fun illustrated receipe for delicious pancakes that would look great as a firm fixture on your kitchen wall.

Pancake Batter at the Ready.......Have fun making your pancakes, just try not get them stuck to the ceiling!!

Monday, 4 February 2013

Crazy Little Thing Called LOVE!

So it's February and we are fast approaching Valentines Day!! The shops are laden with chocolates, flowers and fuzzy litttle toys!! eek!!
Why not buy your special lady or man something a little bit more personal this year?
What could be more romantic than buying them one of these gorgeous unique Heart Pin Cushions by the ever talented Sophie Elm of Jeff Josephine Fame!!!

Sweetheart’ pin cushions were made in the First World War, often by convalescing and disabled soldiers as well as civilians to be given to their loved one. Many were given to sailors by their sweethearts to remind them of them on their long voyages at sea. They were covered in beads, ribbons, lace and fabric badges of the persons battalion, or sometimes a poem.......... How Romantic!!

The design has been linocut and then hand block printed on a light cream cotton sateen fabric. The front design has three colours, and the back one colou,r and just a beautiful with space for you to add your loved ones initials.
These are truly unique and I'm sure that special lady would be very happy to receive one of these for Valentines Day!!

They can be found in our online shop or why not pop in to the gallery to see them, along with lots of other alternative Valentines Treats.

Give the chocolates and flowers a miss this year and buy your sweetheart something extra special!!