Thursday, 17 November 2016

Our Pin Game Is Strong!

put a pin on it, strong pin game, Enamel pins

Like Queen B says “If you liked it then you should have put a pin on it”

Without giving away our age, we remember the first enamel pin craze. Its return is bringing back our childhood memories of pinning them to our bags, denim jackets, lapels, you name it, it had a pin on it.

put a pin on it, strong pin game, Enamel pins

It’s an affordable way for artists to get their designs out to the masses. Its also much more affordable way for consumers to share their views from everything from politics, art, design to their favourite foods and animals.

If you’ve popped through our Red Doors lately, you’ll see we’re rocking a strong pin game at the moment. So many of our favourite artists are producing their own enamel pin badges and our collection is growing by the day.

VW Camper Van, Volkswagen, Enamel Pin, Brooches, Vans, Hello SunshineThis guy has been driving off into many sunsets recently. A customer favourite. :)

Hello Sunshine has expanded her much loved Jewellery collection to include gorgeous pin brooches for Cat Lovers and Campervan Aficionados alike. She’s also rocking quite the enviable pin game herself!!

hello sunshine, strong pin game, enamel pin badges, brooches, metal pinsAll of the beautiful pins above are available in the gallery and in our online shop

hello sunshine, strong pin game, enamel pin badges, brooches, metal pinsJo’s enviable collection of pins of old and new, her cat Toby is checking that he’s been included.

Vicky from Woah There Pickle has captured our hearts with her Nostalgic Collection of Pins. We’ve just taken delivery of her new additions. Her Cheeky Calculator definitely tickles our Childlike minds. 🙂

rocket lolly enamel pin, ice lolly, retro, woah there pickle

boobies, calculator, enamel pins, badges, woah there pickle

We love hearing the sound of laughter from our card corner. We have so many great humorous cards up there. The Jolly Awesome Card range is definitely one of our customer favourites. You can now take their wit with you everyday with their collection of enamel pins.

pug life, pugs, enamel pins, jolly awesome

pug life, pugs, enamel pins, jolly awesomeThis little pug is a customer favourite. As is the ever popular I need Coffee!!I Need Coffee PinTo round off our Pin collection this week, this lady needs no introduction after her upcoming workshop sold out in record time! The lovely And Smile Studio.

Frida Kahlo, Pin Badge, Brooch, Frida, Feminist, Strong Woman, Influential artist

You’ll know her for her fabulous pop icon collection of print and badges. Now delving into the Enamel pin game. We have 2 of her most popular pins in the gallery Frida Kahlo and the dynamic duo Sherlock and Watson.


Here they are hanging out with Toby the Cat 😉 These guys need cat as a sidekick!!


If you’re a stationery addict like us, then you’ll need to join her Society of Crossed Pencils. There are rules to follow though. Are you a true stationery addict?

portrait workshop, live drawing, and smile

If you happen to be in the area this coming Sunday, please stop by and see Victorija in action. She’ll be doing 10 min portraits live in our window. Unfortunately all the spaces are now SOLD OUT but we have an extensive collection of her pin and prints to buy in the gallery, if you love her quirky illustrative style.

Keep your eyes on our FACEBOOK PAGE this Sunday for our And Smile Competition, it is very simple and you could win a print 🙂

Let’s be seeing your pin game!!





Our Pin Game Is Strong!

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Have Your Portrait Painted for £20!

have-your-portrait-painted-by-and-smile-at-the-red-door-gallery-20-11-2016We are *DELIGHTED* to announce that “And Smile Studio” is taking over our window as her “Live Portrait Painting” booth for 1 day only!  Sunday, November 20th is the date and £20 is the price, which is a total bargain.  We have limited places so book yours early, though our Eventbright Page to avoid disappointment.  This site is for reservations only, so pretty please book with the certainty you can attend, will attend and be sure to pop in to our Victoria Street Gallery, with 10 minutes to spare for your coveted time slot.  img_5320For your £20, you will walk away with one bright n cheery, head and shoulders, watercolour portrait of one sitter on lovely watercolour paper!  The painting will be A5 sized (that’s 148 x 210 mm in real terms) and knowing how beautiful these will be, on the day, we will have the option for you to add a frame for £10 to £12. Frida Print We have had the pleasure of working with the tallented Viktorija Semjonova for a few years now, so many of you Red Door fans will recognise her “Frida” above.  Victorija works under the moniker “And Smile” and you can learn a little more about her and have a wonder through her exisitng pins and portraits for sale, here.

Society of Crossed Pencils PinThe same Sunday November 20th of “And Smile’s” portrait day also sees the launch of Edinburgh’s Christmas Celebrations for 2016 with Light Night.  Its a wonderful day to be in town, with plenty of festive spectacles to behold, why not make a day of it and book your portrait slot now? trees-wrapIt does seem a long way off still, but we are getting a little festive here in the Gallery, (don’t tell anyone, but our Christmas Tree might be out already) with the temperature dropping, our thoughts turn to Gifting, and we think a personal portrait could offer the perfect Christmas Gift to a loved one, so we will even wrap it for you, for just £2… yes, we have stocked up on Christmas wrap already 🙂

Happy Guy Fawkes Night Folks!



Have Your Portrait Painted for £20!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

The feeling of Hygge

gallery walls, red door gallery, cosy gallery, hygge, behind our red doorsGallery looking Cosy

The Danish word Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga) is currently the hip word of the moment as we head in to the winter months ahead. The closest definition in the english language is warmth and cosiness.

Denmark was voted the Happiest country in the world this year, and we can’t help feeling its down to Hygge. The Danes are kings and queens of creating warmth and coziness within their homes, so lets take their cue in winter months ahead.

christmas jumper, festive knitwear, hello sunshine, necklace, jewellery, LasercutWe all love a cosy jumper as the weather takes a turn – Hello Sunshine Jumper Necklace

As the nights draw in and we head in doors to seek comfort and spend time with the ones we love. It’s the perfect time to prepare our homes and get them ready for the festive months ahead and creating that “Hygge” feeling.

Mina Braun, Illustration, Screen Print, Colourful, Wooly BlanketThe Warm Wooly Blanket  by Mina Braun – The perfect definition of Hygge.
soho shoulder bag, leather, screen printed, hand bag, atomic sodaThe perfect match, supple leather and graphic screen printed fabric. 

We’ve got so much to share with you as we approach our busiest time of year. It’s a little like Christmas every day with the arrival of so many exciting new products and art works. One of our favourite new arrivals so far are, the beautiful new bags and pouches from Atomic Soda in collaboration with Minakani. The perfect Autumn Winter wardrobe update.

doral-twist-oceano-putty-570x708     So many gorgeous new colours and patterns arriving soon!

The softest Lambswool scarves and mitts arriving from Orkney based Mixter Maxter Knitwear. Wrap up warm and protect yourself against the elements in style. With more gorgeous new knitwear to follow, which we will showcase in the coming weeks.

We have so many autumn inspired prints to evoke the warm and cosy vibe. Here are a few of our favourties.

AutumnWe love Essi Kimpimaki’s take on an Autumnal Day in the park.Scottish Mountain Digital Print by Susie WrightLet’s escape to the hills!

Susie Wright’s Scottish Mountain has got us wanting to head for the hills on a crisp Autumn Day wrapped up in our Woollens.

cosy gallery, warmth, gallery cornerOne of our many cosy corners

Whether you’re after autumnal prints, a new winter bag or knitwear to keep you super cosy. We’ve got something for everyone behind our Red Doors.

Come visit us or shop online from the comfort of your favourite chair by the fire. Let us help you make the cold months ahead cosy ones! – Hygge 🙂

The feeling of Hygge