March 1, 2015

March 2015 – Vinella & Krupa

Edinburgh-based Vinella & Krupa use oil painting and pyrography (a wood burning technique to etch intricate patterns) to give new life to old furniture with

March 2015 – Lara Scobie

The dynamic interplay between shape and pattern is explored by Lara Scobie in her hand-built and slip-cast vessels, such as her tilted vases (pictured). Lara

March 2015 – Catherine MacGruer

Highlands-based knitted textile designer Catherine MacGruer has a range of luxury, double-sided wool blankets inspired by mosaics in Barcelona. Entitled Tiles, the collection features bold

March 2015 – Spectrawax Lighting

Ken Parsons of Borers-based Spectrawax Lighting makes limited edition Tiffany-style lamps and lampshades using a wax and resin laminate he invented himself which has a

March 2015 – The Blazing Blacksmith

Jim Whitson of The Blazing Blacksmith in Peebles creates individually designed, hand-forged gates, railings, furniture and sculptural pieces for homes or gardens which are always

March 2015 – Bole the Gallery

Richard Kennedy of Bole the Gallery in Argyll creates ornamental pieces using mainly British hardwood from environmentally sound sources and, where available, wind-blown wood and

March 2015 – Mackenzie Leather

Combined skilful saddlery and classic British case and bag making, Mackenzie Leather Goods has developed a timeless look. Owner Simon Harvey Potts started as an

March 2015 – Frances Teckkam

Working in natural fibres, including vintage and some upcycled yarns, Frances Teckkam creates hand-made, wearable fabrics and garments with a personal and contemporary twist. Her

March 2015 – Caroline Finlay

These cufflinks by Caroline Finlay are from her range of silver and enamel jewellery inspired by the patterns and textures of the shoreline. Each piece

March 2015 – Two Skies Design

The Two Skies Design jewellery company sources gems only from mines that its own staff are prepared to go down. Other materials include Scottish green

March 2015 – Julia Cunningham

Using simple sewing techniques, Julia Cunningham designs and makes contemporary, quirky products from scrap fabrics such as tartan, tweed and printed linen locally sourced in

March 2015 – Lorna Hewitt

Based in Edinburgh’s Coburg House Studios, jeweller Lorna Hewitt can either work closely with a client to create their dream piece of jewellery or remodel

Barcelona | Best of Barca

In the Raval district a few blocks from the city’s Gothic centre is the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). Taking up one side of the Plaça dels Àngels (Angels’ Square), the gleaming, white, modern building, with its ground to roof glass facade flooding the interior with light, stands in contrast to the surrounding traditional architecture and narrow streets.

Bruichladdich’s copper pot still

Still on the move

One of the most iconic images of my trip to Islay last year was Bruichladdich’s copper pot still. It’s a bit of a shock to

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