Friday, 27 February 2015

Friday Favourites-Dreaming of Spring!

SpringGreensThis weeks #fridayfavourites is full of lots of Spring greens with some fresh new work to share with you!

It’s a pretty chilly week here in Edinburgh but as we approach the end of February we’re all thinking of Spring just being round the corner! Spring officially starts on the 20th March and already we’re looking forward to the longer daylight!

First up is Summer Girl by Claire Fleck. She’s fast tracking us to warmer days dreaming of summer in the air!

Keep yourself cozy whilst wearing Spring Colours with this super soft Twist Scarf by Kirsteen Stewart in her new colour way.

Mr Fallow Stag Print by Kirsty Anderson of A Wooden Tree – The perfect spring time print to adorn your walls as we say goodbye to winter.

I Am A Zebra Cushion by Zixiao Chang – beautiful geometric Zebra on a brilliant Bright Green back with a summery yellow reverse. Perfect spring update for your sofa.

Candy Skies by Essi Kimpimaki – There may be rain but if it was candy coloured like this, it’d be sure to put a smile of your face!

Green Checked Ceramic Pot by Jode Pankhurst – Fresh delivery of ceramic goodies from Jode last week. Get them quick!!

Peacock pouch by Pleased To Meet – Gorgeous Jade green, perfect accessory update for this coming Spring.

Spring Flower Esmie Journals – Update your journal to one of these gorgeous beauties. You’ll be dreaming of spring every time you look at it.

Folk Tree Tote Bag by Karoline Rerrie – Show your green credentials toting this bag next time you head out for your shopping!

Masquerade Post Card book by Girls Who Draw – The perfect post card book ready for your travels ahead. Send your loved ones super cute postcards from your travels

One Timid Babbler by Silver Jungle – Treat your little one to this cute story.

Hopefully this little lot will get you dreaming of spring with something for everyone! Some great gifts in there for Mother’s Day on the 15th March too!




Friday Favourites-Dreaming of Spring!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Competition to Win a Red Door Gift Voucher!

Photo #Competition

We have a slight obsession with the colour ‘red’ and are looking for some cool photos featuring this most vivid and vivacious colour. Be it a photo of red artwork, red doors, red signs, red bicycles, red faces, red post boxes, red telephones and red cars, you choose, anything with a touch of style and creative feel.  For the winning photo, we are giving away a Red Door Gallery £25 gift voucher and will be publishing photos on our our blog and to the 5 best runner up photos there are 15% off vouchers to be won.  Please select ‘photo competition’ when emailing us your photo (along with a brief message of what is is, where you took it and why you think it’s cool).

Click here to add your entry to the competition!

Winner announced March 04 so be quick and… Good Luck!

Competition to Win a Red Door Gift Voucher!

Competition to Win a Red Door Gift Voucher!

Photo Competition

We have a slight obsession with the colour ‘red’ and are looking for some cool photos featuring this most vivid and vivacious colour. Be it a photo of red artwork, red doors, red signs, red bicycles, red faces, red post boxes, red telephones and red cars, you choose, anything with a touch of style and creative feel.  For the winning photo, we are giving away a Red Door Gallery £25 gift voucher and will be publishing photos on our our blog and to the 5 best runner up photos there are 15% off vouchers to be won.  Please select ‘photo competition’ when emailing us your photo (along with a brief message of what is is, where you took it and why you think it’s cool).

Click here to add your entry to the competition!

Winner announced March 04 so be quick and… Good Luck!



Competition to Win a Red Door Gift Voucher!

Monday, 23 February 2015

50 Shades of Colour

As everyone flocks to the cinema to see 50 shades of Grey, we have something for those looking for a little bit of extra colour in their lives, long after the movie!50shadesofscotlandSQ-600

Emily Mackenzies’ 50 shades of Scotland and England!!

50shadesofenglandSQA beautiful array of  50 shades of colourful  inky spots, each depicting some of Emily’s favourite colours associated with Scotland and England. With so many amazing colours it’s hard to choose a favourite! Some of our favourites include:

Scotland – Nessie, Drizzle and Suburn



England – Kingfisher, English Mustard, White Cliffs of Dover

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A fun print to show all the wonderful colours we associate with Scotland and England! There really are some beautiful colours we take for granted!

both Posters are available in our online shop and gallery.

50 Shades of Colour

Sunday, 22 February 2015

New Artist Alert! The Grey Earl

We’re now full swing into 2015 and lots of new artists are joining the ranks at The Red Door.

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Let us introduce you to The Grey Earl aka Jon Bishop.

His prints have been flying out our browsers from his first day behind the Red Doors.

Jon studied at Duncan of  Jordanstone leaving with a degree in Illustration. After a 6 year hiatus from his art, he’s returned as The Grey Earl! With such a popular collection under his belt we’re all glad he decided to pursue his career in illustration.

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Jon now bases himself in Glasgow on the Sunny Southside where he has a small studio.

When not creating fun prints for you to hang on your walls, he also creates visuals and music for the Scottish Children’s Theatre Company, The Letter J as well as illustrating for Children’s books. He’s currently immersing himself in the world of Tree Houses for a new Childrens Picture Book that he’s working on.

Jon is a big fan of picture books and when in need of some inspiration, you can often find him in his local bookshop alongside a gang of three year olds, browsing the shelves.

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With such a busy schedule, how does Jon keep himself fuelled?  Coffee, Tea (Earl Grey maybe?) and the occasional bourbon biscuit (good choice!) All essential for maintaining his high energy levels.

When he needs to take a break from all the drawing  and needing to burst the isolation bubble that can sometimes set in,  He can while a whole day and night away in good company, at popular Southside cafe  The Glad Cafe.  A creative hub of cafe and venue with cheery staff, and good coffee and cake.  In Jon’s own words ‘their ginger and lime chocolate cake is bangin’ We’ll be adding that to our list of ‘must visit’ places next time we’re through the West!



We hope you’ve enjoyed meeting The Grey Earl and finding a little bit more about him. You can buy his prints and cards here.

A new delivery of prints will be on their way very soon! If you would like to reserve any, then please give us a call at the gallery or contact us here.


New Artist Alert! The Grey Earl

Monday, 16 February 2015

Late Night Gaming at Museum of Scotland

Friday the 13th unlucky for some! But not for all the lucky guys and gals with tickets to the Museum Lates ‘Games Master’ Evening at the National Museum of Scotland.

The evening was a celebration of all things gaming! traditional games (hungry hippos anyone?)  right through to the contemporary games of today.

With up to 100 playable games on the night, and lots of gaming themed activities, face painting, dress up and lets not forget our very own Retro Gaming Badge Workshop.


Our workshop was inspired by the work of Jeweller Lucie Ellen. Lucie sent us lots of inspiration for badges on the night. Juicy watermelons inspired by her very own watermelon necklace, cute pixelated strawberries amongst many others.

We have lots of Lucie’s funky plywood and vinyl jewellery behind our red doors and in our online shop.

The vinyl for our workshop was very kindly supplied by  Vinyl Warehouse. We had lots of shiny primary coloured vinyl, perfect for making your fun retro creations.


As soon as the doors were opened at 7pm a flood of gaming enthusiasts descended on our workshop as people queued to design and make their very own vinyl badges.


From the scene above to the one below in around 30 mins!! We had lots of eager beavers keen to make their very own badges. It was a whirlwind!





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 Some of our lovely workshop participants showing off their badges in style!


There was lots of great face painting on show. We particularly liked this pac-man!


 The Little Nintendo Mushroom was a popular choice on the evening.

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The workshop was an overwhelming success! We unfortunately ran out of badges before the end. We’re sorry if you missed out on making your badge. Those of you who didn’t get one, still got stuck in to the workshop making vinyl stickers for their bikes, fridges and anywhere else that they could think of.

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We had a small collection of Lucie’s work on display on the night. This lovely lady was rather smitten with Lucie Ellen’s Gold Dipped Necklace.


Our night was complete when none other than Super Mario himself stopped by our Red Door! We were a little star struck to say the least!

We hope you all had a great time at the workshop. The Games Master Exhibition is on until the 20th April 2015. Get along for some gaming fun.

Late Night Gaming at Museum of Scotland

Saturday, 14 February 2015

ya’ absolute belter

jabbaWhat ever Valentine’s day has brought you this year, we hope you’ve said something nice to someone you care about!

chewieThese chaps from The Grey Earl’s new “Stars Are Braw” collection have a few pointers if your running low on compiments, only 7 hours to go!atatAnd if you’ve had enough of this love stuff, why not take after our favourite little black cat and have a night in, with telly, rugby or Starwars???Black Cat (Piss Off)Meow!  Hope you have a purrrfect evening in store!  Happy V Day :)

ya’ absolute belter

Friday, 13 February 2015

#FridayFavourites - The Colour of Love

Colour of LoveRed is the colour of our very gallery and is the theme for this weeks #FridayFavourites.

What do you see when you see Red? Love, Anger, Danger? It’s funny that one colour can evoke quite opposite feelings!

Of course Love is  in the air as you all descend on the gallery to buy cards and gifts for that special . All decked out in the colour of Love – Red!

Today’s #FridayFavourites features just a snippet of the art work and accessories we have in our favourite colour!

Bacon Rolls by Tommy Perman – this was part of Tommy’s exhibition Leith in Red and Black that he exhibited with us. More Red and Black prints available here.

Red Pierre by Graham Carter – Part of his Red, Yellow & Blue Trilogy. All available in our online shop. Carter fans should snap up this lovely menagerie of busy characters before they are gone as they are a limited edition of 20.

The Snug Spectator Hat by Stitch Mi Lane – New Red Colour way launched at the end of 2014. Keep your head toasty cheering at the sidelines!

Esmie Notebooks – New silk screen Journals. Handmade in the UK. A beautiful range of different colours and prints available.

Hello Treacle Linocut Print by Woah There Pickle – 3 colour linocut of one of the worlds most loved chat up line. Based on the beautiful Lyles treacle tin.

Kraftcycle Mug by Nick Alston – Just arrived through our red doors and straight into our #fridayfavourites. Comes perfectly presented in its own printed box too!

Red Feather Girl Pouch by Please To Meet – The perfect pouch from, make up, toiletries to  purse. It’s a jack of all trades and cute it is too!

Red Fox Handkerchiefs by Chase & Wonder – The perfect foxy red accessory. Also available in black for the more demure!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks #fridayfavourites and we Have a loved up weekend wooing your sweethearts!

#FridayFavourites - The Colour of Love

Sunday, 8 February 2015

You're Braw = LOVE!

Love-window 2015“You’re Braw” is Scots for “I love you” as you can tell from our braw Valentine’s window!  We have put all of our crazy little LOVE THINGS in one place online, to help you find the right “Toucan” of affection for your “Perfect Pair“.



If you are looking for a romantic print, we reccomend having a look at Pleased To Meet, David Fleck or Freya Cummings, if you are looking for something a little more edgey, or even a little rude, how about Rich Fairhead, Laura Gee, or Barry D Bulsara?

Rabbit-Cufflinks-MCperfect pair2mcAnother top tip from The Red Door team, is to create your own unique perfect pair of gits, Niki Fulton’s “Pear” mugs shown in the grid above are the perfect example, why not have a wonder through our homewares and jewellery pages to see if you can find your own perfect match for your Valentine or Galentine?ROSE

Our Pop Out greetings cards are going down a storm already, we have a huge range to choose from and each DIY sculpture of say a Plane, Monkey or Rose comes with a matching, traditional greetings card and are just a dream to post.kiss-me-brooch-Copy-mcLastly, we are delighted to have Twiggd’s collection of fun, love themed brooches and earrings in for Valentine’s, have a peep here to learn a little more about Tara and her processes.  We hope you all have a fab Feb 14th when it comes!

You're Braw = LOVE!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

New Artist - Twiggd

TwiggdNew Year and lots of new artists arriving at the gallery. Today we have the pleasure of sharing with you local talent Twiggd.

Tara of Twiggd is the maker of the new colourful wooden illustrated jewellery now behind our Red Doors.

It’s always interesting to find out the background on our artists so here’s a little bit about Tara,

Tara studied fashion and textile design for 5 years at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee before learning traditional cabinetmaking and wood working at the Chippendale School of Furniture. Whilst studing she started making and selling jewellery online. Turning out to be a great success, it became her main focus. Tara quickly realised she loved working with wood but hated measuring things so much so that furniture making was not for her! Although the knowledge of proper woodworking techniques has been invaluable as she uses a lot of solid woods in designs, her favourites being Oak and Walnut.

Tara now works full time making beautiful laser etched and hand painted jewellery. She has amazing attention to detail and a steady hand, painting the sometimes intricate designs on her jewellery.

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The name Twiggd was born whilst she was studying. A ‘woody’ name seemed appropriate for her brand but she also wanted something that would work across a range of different disciplines from illustration, jewellery design, interiors, all the different things she thought she might do. So she stuck on Twiggd loving  that it had two meanings. Not just the wood nature of what she was making but also that ‘to twig’ means ‘to get it’.

We are sure you will all ‘get her’ illustrative jewellery. It’s flying out our red doors as we speak.

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Tara takes inspiration from her favourite books and TV shows, Nature, The Scottish landscape, people and funny words when making her jewellery. We’re sure her beautiful black cats Dante and Magnus, are the inspiration behind her cute cat heart earrings.These will be appearing online next week. If you just can wait that long then contact us at the gallery and we can be sure to sort you out.

We’re all big cat fans here so are all hoping that someone special might buy us these little guys for the impending Valentines Day. Tara has also very kindly made us some giant Cat Hearts for our Valentines inspired window this month. Be sure to stop by and check them out.


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We hope you’ll all agree, Twiggd is a welcomed addition to the Red Door!

Welcome Aboard Tara!




New Artist - Twiggd