Friday, 24 April 2015

Friday Favourites - Everything Looks Peachy!


What a ‘peachy’ week we’ve all been having. The sun is finally out for us all to enjoy, and we’ve lots of exciting work arriving, each with their own perfect summer vibe. This weeks #fridayfavourites is all about those beautiful peach and coral colours.

We’ve just taken delivery of more of your favourite Tom Pigeon prints. Now fully stocked with Day and Night, Largo, Anstruther and Everything and Anything.


Everything – The perfect optimistic screen print to add to your collection. The font has been designed in the Tom Pigeon studio on the beautiful Fife Coast. and screen printed in Glasgow; it’s the perfect summer colours of white, peach and a hint of mint.

Everything Detail

We’re all a little bit excited about the new range from Katie Leamon. A lovely collection of Marbled Stationary, Gift Wrap and Hand Printed Cards. All beautifully made in the UK. Her Marbled Notebooks have been a customer favourite since they arrived! Available in 3 different designs.

Marble Notbook 4 by Katie Leamon

Local Edinburgh artist Susie Wright has treated us to some new work. We love her new Flamingo Print. A limited edition two colour screen print in the perfect peach/coral colour. A great addition to her fabulous collection, that perfect summer pop of colour. Susie will be exhibiting with us soon. Watch this space.


To finish off this weeks #fridayfavourites we have Essi Kimpimaki. Her California Print evokes the feelings of hot summer days on a deserted beach! Somewhere I bet we all wish we were off to this summer.


We hope you’ve all managed to get out and enjoy the sunshine. We hear rain is on the way…………don’t you just love the Scottish weather? 18 degrees one day and a cold wet 10 the next!

Have a lovely weekend :)


Friday Favourites - Everything Looks Peachy!

Friday, 17 April 2015

Friday Favourites - Look What I Saw In Edinburgh

ECAFridayFavsAs the ECA 3rd Year Illustration Exhibition – Look What I Saw In Edinburgh Exhibition draws to a close shortly, we thought we’d share with you a snippet of some of our customer favourites from the exhibition, in this week’s friday favourites.

We’d love to feature them all but we couldn’t quite fit them all in. We’ll be doing our #shelflife feature on each print on facebook and twitter over the next week or so.

It’s been great to have so many different views of Edinburgh. They’ve created great talking points with our customers especially those visiting, looking for something special and unique to take home from their trip to Edinburgh.


We’re pretty sure you won’t have missed the Edinburgh Unicorn by Valpuri Karinen gracing our window . A fun print in bright contrasting colours, depicting scenes from Edinburgh and Scotlands National Animal –  The Unicorn! Who better to be riding the Unicorn than a long haired Scot’s man. Could it be the Big Yin himself? Mr Billy Connolly. If you’re lucky you may have spotted  Billy shopping in the gallery! He’s not just funny, he’s got great taste and likes supporting local artists too! ;)

Valpuri Karinen Edinburgh Unicorn

Drew Walker’s Untitled piece has attracted lots of attention in our window. A moody, atmospheric print; once framed  It’s a little like looking through a tiny window. A common feature in many of the old town buildings. We love the texture of this print, you can see the painterly brush strokes in this piece. It really does evoke the eerie feeling of wandering the alley ways of EdinburghClose By Drew Walker


Peony Gent just couldn’t decide what print to choose for the exhibition so she treated us to two! :) Her Edinburgh Sites print has been well admired with it’s various iconic buildings including the great statue of David Hume, Calton Hill, The National Museum of Scotland amongst many others.

Edinburgh Sites by Peony Gent

Rosanna Corfe takes on the Royal Mile with her print. The original created using pen and ink with some beautiful geomtric details. It definitely evokes a feeling of a rainy day in Edinburgh walking down the Royal Mile with it’s beautiful buildings! Don’t forget to look up, to see the wonderful architecture.

Rosie Corfe Royal Mile

Paige Collins has captured Edinburgh at Dusk. We love the bright colours in this print with the light trails from cars and lights. she’s captured the atmosphere of Edinburgh as night falls.

Dusk Edinburgh by Paige Collins

Ellie Walker chose to take her view a few miles outside the city to The Pentlands. A beautiful place to explore the Great Outdoors yet so close to the city centre. Ellie also created a wee travel guide to accompany her print. Outside In Edinburgh. We featured her beautifully illustrated guide a few weeks back on the blog. Take a Peep!

Ellie Walker - Outside in Edinburgh - sample page 1

We hope you’ve enjoyed the exhibition from this talented bunch! Keep your eyes peeled for the other artists in this exhibition, featured over the next few days.

Have a great weekend, get out and explore some of the sites above in Edinburgh.

Friday Favourites - Look What I Saw In Edinburgh

Friday, 10 April 2015

Friday Favourites - Fantasy Animals

Hope you’ve all had a great week enjoying some much needed sunshine!! Everyone seems to have a spring in their step with the bank holiday weekend last week and getting out to soak up some sun!

This weeks #fridayfavourites is a little bit animal themed. But not just any old animals. Fantasty Animals! Who doesn’t love a flying turtle or half badger half fish?

First up is the fantastic new Kate Sheridan Fantasy Animals Collection. Beautiful hand illustrated animals, digitally printed onto a soft brushed cotton. Accented with soft black leather. The range includes an iphone case through to a cute little Luna Across the body Bag. We’ve fallen in love with the quirky print on this collection.


You’ll know Hannah Botma for her fun dinosaur adventure prints. New to the gallery is her flying turtle collection. We love this turtle with it’s bonsai tree growing from his shell, off on his adventure.


Dandy Lion is a firm favourite in the gallery. New delivery just arrived from Chase and Wonder. Have you met his perfect quirky partner in Foxy lady.

Foxy Lady

Fresh in from the lovely Kirsty Baynham last week, new prints and accessories.  A bit of a sucker for  all things animals and geometric. We love Kirsty’s new peacock print and geo cat print pouch. There are many more products in her new collection; including this beautiful necklace, available online from next week and in the gallery now.

original raincloud bears statement necklace by kirsty baynham

Lindsey Browns Birds of Paradise Notebook is the perfect summer companion for keeping all your holiday notes in. Also available as a print too. It’s a beautiful piece featuring vintage birds and collage.

Birds in Paradise Framed

The perfect finish to this weeks #fridayfavourites is EVERYONES favourite Mister Peebles character – David Meowie! What’s not to love about a cat in disguise as the great David Bowie! He’s a Major Tom alright! ;)


Have a great weekend!!


Friday Favourites - Fantasy Animals

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Coffee Break - if you don't eat, you don't work!

This one goes out to anyone who’d rather be outside Artisan Roast with a flatwhite & chocolate escargot than working indoors … we are setteling for a flapjack and instant coffee, whilst looking at a photo of our breakfast!  Thought you might enjoy trying the same trick :)IMG_20150404_095213Music in the gallery today is mostly coming from Marva Whitney (the funk diva legend) and James Brown (the Godfather of Soul who lived a checkered life), we’ve got our toes tapping and one customer this morning couldn’t help having a wee dance, so it seems fitting for our coffee break!
#FridayFavourites - Coffee and CakeCheck out our Coffee and Cake Friday Favourites from back in August… some real beauties in the collection!


Hope you all catch some of this Edinburgh sunshine on your way home!

Coffee Break - if you don't eat, you don't work!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Emily Mackenzie in The Scotsman!

Emily Mackenzie The ScotsmanDelighted to see one of our favourite Red Door Gallery artists featured in the Easter Weekend Scotsman!

Emily MacKenzieWe have just published our recent interview with Emily, have a peep hear to learn more about her practice, and click here to see her most recent works available for sale in The Red Door.

Emily Mackenzie in The Scotsman!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Artist Feature - Emily Mackenzie

Emily MacKenzie© Diana Pappas

To most of our lovely Red Door customers, Emily Mackenzie will be a familiar name. Having worked with us at The Red Door since 2012. Her Greedy Gulls and I Love Sausages Prints have captured many hearts.  It’s alway nice to put a face to your favourite prints; and find out a little bit more about the artist behind them. So without further adeu……let us introduce you to Emily.

Greedy Gulls 1Customer Favourite – Greedy Gulls

Emily arrived in Edinburgh to study Graphic Design at Edinburgh College of Art, back in 2001. Hailing originally from Northumberland; Emily is from a very creative family of designers, artists and illustrators. With creativity in the blood, it seems only appropriate that she took herself off to Art School.

After studying design and enjoying the city life in Edinburgh, she decided to lay down roots. She now lives and works as a freelance illustrator from her lovely home studio.


Emily finds great inspiration when walking round Edinburgh, a favourite spot when in need of an inspiration injection, is the local Botanic Gardens. Emily was also lucky enough to grow up near a beautiful pine forest which has given her lots of inspiration over the years. Nature definitely feeds her imagination and she’s often drawn to woodland creatures in her work.

She works mainly with ink and watercolour on paper, but also enjoys, bringing her fun characters to life in the form of 3D screen printed and hand-embroidered plushes. Some of you might have been lucky to snag one of Emily’s special plushes from the gallery in the past. Smelly Cat was quite the favourite.


A life long dream to write and illustrated her own children’s book; has finally become a reality. Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar, has just been published by Bloomsbury Publishing, with another in the pipeline for 2016! She’s one busy lady. Currently on a whirlwind tour promoting it; where she’s Running craft workshops with kids in schools and reading her book in bookshops across the country. We love Ralfy and can’t wait to see what’s in store with her second offering!


When Emily needs a break from the ink and watercolours she (like many of us!) likes to escape to her favourite local coffee spots to meet up with fellow illustrators. With so many to choose from in Edinburgh, where does Emily like to go?

Polentoni on Easter Road near her studio for their ‘amazing’ cakes, crepes and super lovely staff or The Broughton Deli on Barony Street (just off Broughton Street) when her cheese scone obsession needs satisfied.

A day trip to the seaside in North Berwick or a trip back to her parents house in Northumberland are the perfect escapes when Emily needs to step back from the pens and watercolours and refresh.

We hope you’ve enjoyed finding out a little bit more about Emily. We have the full range of her prints in our online shop and bricks and mortar gallery on Victoria Street.

50shadesofScotandEngl50 shades of Scotland and England

Artist Feature - Emily Mackenzie

Friday, 3 April 2015

Friday Favourites Colouring In!

IMG_20150403_180545This weeks Friday Favourites features our favourite Unofficial Colouring Book collection I Love Mel’s range of cheeky books are themed around the good looking fameous folks we all love (possibly love to hate) or an era or genra that particularly appeals to designer behind the brand, Mel Elliot.  We can’t think of a better family activity for kid-adults!

front_cover_1024x1024This Tom Hiddleston colouring book has great pages inviting you to join in with the colouring and drawing fun: draw yourself in various hilarious scenarios involving Tom! Draw him presents and horses and sandwiches!

CMGGoslingThis colouring book is for the hard-core Ryan Gosling fan or someone who just needs to cheer up a bit after surviving The Notebook (maybe give them a few days just to avoid unnecessary trauma). It contains images of Ryan, using a variety of Ryans that we all know and love:  Ryan in The Notebook, Ryan in Drive, Ryan in Crazy Stupid Love, Ryan in The Ides of March,  Ryan with his dog George, Ryan in sunglasses, Ryan in regular glasses, Ryan winking, laughing, smiling… oh ra ra!

Colour Me Good HarryFrom the moment Harry Styles appeared in the XFactor audition room, women, girls and boys everywhere were all of a flutter – and they haven’t stopped fluttering since.  There are 16 different styles of Harry to colour in along with lots of fun and games, as well as a mini-biography and discography.

These books measure 21 x 21cm and is printed on ecoplex paper (which is made from 100% post consumer waste!) and cost just £7.50 for a date with your hero!  Hope you’ve enjoyed your Friday Favourites Colouring In!  Happy Easter holiday! x

Friday Favourites Colouring In!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Make a Haggis & Apple pizza

This Easter holiday, why not follow this video & make your own @MammasPizzeria pizza filmed by @GrassmarketEdin.  Our tallented neighbours have generously revealed some trick of the trade in this video – it’s great to see how the dough comes together.  Definately one for the cook book!  What's Cooking CoverMamma’s Pizza is a traditional American style Pizza and Panzerotti restaurant, each pizza made fresh to order, with over 40 toppings to choose from including Haggis and Apple as shown in the video.  It works, try it out.

If your looking for inspiration for your pizza (or if you want to order one for delivery and claim homemade – you know who you are ;)have a peep here.

WinetastingBunnyFor other great Easter Ideas, and through the year check out the Greater Grassmarket Newsletter each month.

Make a Haggis & Apple pizza

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

@HunterBoots For Dogs

hunter wellies for dogsFor spring/summer 2015, #Hunter has announced the launch of a doggie footware range, featuring waterproof boots designed to meet the demands of the poshest of pooches, perfect for parties, rainy days and matching outfits.

baxter“Looking into the brand’s archives, Hunter has a history of boots for animals dating back to the late 1800s including waterproof poultice boots for horses. It was drawing on this part of our heritage that sparked the design for this new collection, as a natural evolution for the brand into this new product category.”  Reads thier press preview, released today.

leonardDeveloped in collaboration with veterinary experts, the new boots are available in matching styles for dog and owner in classic Hunter colours including military red, dark olive and black, as well as the new season colour palette, unveiled last September at London Fashion Week.darcy 2Our big question is, why release Hunter boots for dogs?  Darcy the dear, Hector the hare and Arthur cat have cold paws too!

@HunterBoots For Dogs