Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
Friday 10 – Sunday 12 June 2016
Every year the beautiful Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh opens its doors to hold a weekend retail design fair called DesignMarket. In cahoots with Creative Edinburgh and Process Studios, both floors are filled with all kinds of printmaking, jewellery, fashion, homeware and ceramics.
As part of the weekend, Creative Edinburgh programme “Tales of the Trade” talks. This year guest speakers included Sarah Henderson from Squid Ink Co. looking at e-commerce and tips for better online selling and Kristi Vana from the Dovecot Shop offering advice on approaching retailers.
As if this wasn't enough, Process Studios were also running drop-in workshops making Dysperse and Ceramic Buttons. Phew!
This was my second year selling at this amazing event. To say it’s a highlight of my selling year is an understatement. It is curated so beautifully with so many amazing makers who not only produce some exquisite works, but also help to keep spirits high throughout the long hours and hordes of customers!
Some of my personal favourites include:
I’ve had a bit of a thing with Fiona Luing Jewellery ever since I discovered it at the DesignMarket back in 2013 – check her “tiny ring lady gang” here – too cute!
The aforementioned Squid Ink Co also had a stand with her weaving kits and concrete jewellery. Yum! You can also book her to deliver weaving courses.
I mean, really I could give everyone a wee shout-out, because they are all really amazing. Instead, check out this photo album on the Fruitmarket Gallery Facebook Page for more examples or see the full list (and links) to each maker below.
Amanda Baron Stained Glass • Bon Tot • Carla Edwards • Caroline Dowsett • CSWA_ • Doris Does Doodles • East End Press • Emma McDowall • Emseeitch • Fiona Luing Jewellery • Fun Makes Good • Gregor Wittrick • Homebody Makes • Isabelle Moore • Jenni Douglas – A Pair of Blue Eyes • Jo Pudelko and Eleanor Symms • Jude Gove • Koshka Design • Lia B • Line Collective • Little Letter Studio • Louise Smurthwaite • Lucky Cloud Skincare • Mairi Brown • Morag Macpherson • Myer Halliday • Natalie J Wood • Niki Fulton – unifiedspace • Olive Pearson Designs • Polymorphics • Rhona Law Jewellery • SkinnyMalinkyQuilts • Syrah Jay • The Lindström Effect • The Squid Ink Company • The Store Hus • weebogles • Winston • Zyzanna Illustration •