Louise’s husband, Brian studied at Edinburgh Art College where he experimented with various mediums. Works include landscapes, portraits and old masters using acrylics, pencil and oils however currently he is enjoying the challenges of water colours. Brian’s studio is shared with his motorcycles and inspiration from around him can be seen in his recent motorbike engine paintings. These unique enchanting pictures bring the inside of any shed to life and can be seen now only at the dragonfly.
Meet some of our artists at the Dragonfly
The Dragonfly Arts & Crafts
Inspiration behind the dragonfly arts & crafts comes from a rebellion against a work-life balance that was for too many years more work than life. To keep the balance today, Louise designs and crafts unique jewellery, stain-glass panels & sun-catchers and re-uses textiles from the home creating a range of soft furnishings from cushions to bunting. Owner of the Dragonfly, Louise splits her time between the shop, a full-time procurement consultancy position with a blue chip organisation, family (including 2 small cats) and her passion for crafts.
Angels By Ella is a range of unique exquisite fine art by Ella Svilan who lives and works in Croatia. Each angel is gorgeously created with an individual style and character, loosely based on family around her. The Dragonfly is very proud to be the only outlet in the UK for these wonderfully charming angels.
Gin Durham Ceramics
Gin Durham is inspired by folklore, fairy tales and nursery rhymes. She combines this with a lifelong fascination with animals to create fantastic stoneware sculptures that are full of character and charm.
Working from her studio and gallery in the Scottish Borders town of Jedburgh, Linda Lovatt creates her whimsical assemblage and jewellery from verdigris copper sheet, pieces of broken china and other curious found objects. Owner and lover of a large and unruly garden, she started designing a range of jewellery and assemblage from her garden finds and its occupants. Having trained as an illustrator her work features wondrous beasties and creatures all with their own story to tell. She sells her work through design fairs and galleries across Scotland and the Dragonfly are delighted to have a variety of her beasties in store.
Edinburgh-based Cherith Harrison creates a range of homeware and gifts featuring characterful animals. You’re bound to see yourself or someone you know in one of her mugs, cards or notebooks!
Laura is an artist, illustrator and maker of handmade things, including a range of handmade greetings cards featuring her artwork and hand drawn lettering.
Her art is inspired by a love of things that are wonky and colourful, old photos, illuminations, signs where the letters are dropping off, folk art, outsider art, funny sights and old seaside towns.
She says she is “always collecting things and a lot of my drawings are done on found bits of paper or used envelopes. All of my greetings cards are made using recycled card and envelopes, and packaged in biodegradable sleeves. My installations and paintings are often made from bits of wood or cardboard and other bits of junk.”
Mabel Forsyth is the freelance illustrator behind the ‘Pink Pig‘ brand.
Having experienced the heartbreak of baby loss, Marin’s Mummy creator Gemma found that during difficult times no-one knew what to say, so they’d say nothing. To help break this silence she created the Lost For Words range of cards, a collection that helps the customer offer words of comfort.
25% of the profit on all Marin’s Mummy cards is donated to charities Tommy’s and The Miscarriage Association, which respectively support research into miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth, and provide information and support to those experiencing miscarriage.
Gillian Kyle is a quirky Scottish design company with a passion for illustration and print. They create gifts accessories and things for your home that celebrate Scottish culture and nostalgia all made locally using the best and greenest materials possible.
We stock a range of 100% organic baby vests that are designed and printed in Glasgow.
Based In Edinburgh, Gillian has been working freelance since completing her BA (hons) degree in Printed Textiles for Fashion at the University of Brighton.
She decided to start her own surface pattern design and craft business. Dibujo Design was established in 2012. Dibujo, pronounced di-bu-ch-o (the ch is like the Scottish pronunciation of loch) is the Spanish word for to draw and pattern. Gillian decided on this as it is exactly what she does and she is inspired by Spanish tiles.
The artist uses her designs on ceramics and fabrics to create a home and gift range including ceramic coasters, placemats and clocks, fabric lampshades and cushions. Colour plays a significant roll in Gillian’s work, where she uses bold vibrant colours. She is influenced by Scotland as well as travels from all over the world. Her work has been described as Scottish modern retro.
Sandra Vick shares her love of design and our native wildlife in her range of gifts and homewares.
Each design captures the essence of a bird native to the UK and each item comes with the story of the bird it depicts. The stories behind the birds are as important as the designs. Each bird is observed, drawn, painted and researched in order to capture its essence.
Local Design and Manufacture
The whole range is designed and made in the UK. Sandra’s studio is based just outside Edinburgh – perfectly placed for enjoying the countryside and the contemporary nature of city life.
As well as having a thing about nice design, Sandra is passionate about wildlife, birds, sustainability and the natural environment. She endeavours to have products made in the UK and to minimise the environmental impact of their production.
Rob Whelpton Ceramics
Working from his studio and outlet situated at the Ginger Piggery Farm shop down the Wylye valley in Wiltshire, Rob throws and hand builds quirky designs, decorated with seaside and countryside images.
He produces a range of animals, including chickens, puffins and penguins. All Robs pots are Raku fired, brightly coloured with slips and coloured glazes, and highlighted with gold leaf.
At The Dragonfly, we stock some of his wonderful owl, hare and dog ceramics.
Katy Mai Webster is an artist and printmaker based in the beautiful Llŷn Peninsula, North Wales. She makes ceramic jewellery, landscapes and prints that are inspired by the area that she lives in, especially the tiny details of nature such as fossils, pebbles and lichen. In store we have a range of Katy’s brooches, necklaces and earrings.
Amanda Mercer is a designer and maker of lovingly handcraft ceramics inspired by memories and nostalgia.
Her range is a collection of delicate porcelain buttons, jewellery, pretty home wear and decoration all individually handcrafted and created from her studio in the heart of the city centre in Carlisle, Cumbria.
A love for vintage and nostalgic memorabilia such as vintage buttons found in her Grandma’s button box, scraps of lace, black and white photographs, stamps and letters, which are then translated through her pieces, exploring surface decoration and form. Each piece is individual therefore will always slightly vary to the next.
Wiggles and Florence
Artist and designer Susan Robertson conceived the idea behind Wiggles & Florence in the spring of 2012. Susan had studied at Farnham College of Art before moving to Mid-Wales where she took inspiration and creativity from her beautiful rural surroundings. Her designs feature floral and horticultural elements and are all created by Susan from her home studio in an old Victorian kitchen garden.
The result of her work is a range of unique and charming ceramic products that will bring a fresh and vibrant look to any table. Oh yes, and just in case you needed to know – Wiggles & Florence were the names of two pet tortoises that Susan & her sister had as children!
“Not a day passes without me picking up a piece of clay, a pencil or paintbrush…..”
Inspiration for Inez to create comes from the countryside around her. She loves animals and plants, and says:
“If I sit at our window for long enough I can see the hare which I have grown so fond of, or the naughty fox who crosses over the field to the woods throughout the day – he has only once stolen a hen from us…so far! Buzzards and swifts soar above our house and the barn owl sits on the fence at dusk. I am very lucky to be surrounded by everything I love and I try and capture the essence of it all within a painting or on a piece of clay. It inspires me to write poetry which I marry up with the images of the animals which live nearby.”
Inez has exhibited paintings in galleries around Glasgow for quite a few years now. She studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. She loved every minute and gained an honours degree in Graphic Design and a post-graduate in Calligraphy.
Jan is a Polish and English artist living and working in the historic seaside town of Rovinij in Croatia. Her inspiration comes from the sand, the driftwood, the pebbles the turquoise sea and the blue sky that surrounds her. The Dragonfly is proud to stock a range of jewellery made by Jan.
Lawrence Gibson was brought up in the hamlet of Nantithet on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. Lawrence worked in the model-making business where he learnt new techniques and processes which lent themselves to the design and manufacture of jewellery. Having worked partly on jewellery design for a few years, Koa Jewellery was finally born in 2010. New forms took inspiration from the UK coast, its beautiful coves and beaches, fishing harbours and surf culture. Now based in Sully, South Wales, the process continues… as does the creation of ocean inspired jewellery.
Each handmade piece of jewellery is produced using a base metal of high quality UK sourced pewter. The Pewter they use is 93% Tin (all recycled) and completely lead and nickel-free. Many of the designs incorporate coloured resin detail which starts as a pure, clear liquid to which colour is added. Several pieces also feature beads, which are carefully selected and ethically sourced from fair trade suppliers.
Michal Negrin has been creating vintage-inspired original hand-crafted jewellery, fashion and home décor for over two decades. Since inception at a market stall in 1988 in Tel Aviv, Michal Negrin has become an exclusive recognized brand, continuing to expand in far corners around the globe. In the Dragonfly we stock a range of jewellery, including necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. All the pieces are hand crafted, combining Swarovski crystals and offering a large range of colour combinations.
Michal Negrin’s design is recognized and admired for its distinct unique signature. The creations are timeless – and always remain fashionable.
Chris Lewis is a silver jewellery designer born in Edinburgh. He launched his business in 2003, which has since consistently grown and attracted critical acclaim.
Chris’s approach to designing silver jewellery comes from developing signature textures and combining them to add depth. He is often inspired by the natural forms he comes across on his extensive travels. The collections offers design innovation, timeless statement, and they are exquisitely and individually hand crafted with an uncompromising level of quality. Here at the Dragonfly we have a lovely curated selection of stud and drop earrings, and necklaces to choose from.
Scottish Sea Glass
Gaynor Hebden-Smith is the artist behind Scottish Sea Glass. Since 2009 she has been creating hand-crafted wearable art from 100% reclaimed sea glass picked up on the beaches of Scotland. The naturally wave tumbled glass is carefully selected and combined with sterling silver, beads, crystals, metals and charms to make up the unique pieces of jewelry.