Virginia Graham creates unique handmade ceramics which join together a mixture of styles and colours. She draws influence from historical ceramics, vintage textiles and paper ephemera, resulting in quirky and nostalgic designs.
Meet some of our artists at the Dragonfly
“Dragonflies & Magenpies” and “Love Me Again” by Louise
Inspiration behind The Dragonfly 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. In addition, Louise loves to upcycle and create individual useful pieces which can be re-loved.
Under her “Dragonflies & Magenpies” range, Louise introduces us to her one-off creations which could be anything from upcycled lamps from WW11 gun-shells to beautifully made cushions, re-furnished cocktail cabinets or individual pieces of jewellery.
Bringing back antique items such as vintage cups and saucers, glassware or ceramics as candles made with echo-friendly soya wax, the “Love Me Again” range is a firm favourite with her regulars.
As well as owning the Dragonfly, Louise splits her time between the shop, a full-time procurement position with a blue chip financial organisation, family (including 2 small cats and a rather plump horse), racing club secretary for a Scottish classic motorcycle club and of course her passion for crafts and antique hunting.
Alice works as an illustrator from her Edinburgh studio and produces an ever expanding collection of beautiful greetings cards and prints, as well as her very popular Scotland Colouring Book. Her style is quirky, bright and uniquely her own.
Linda Macdonald creates beautiful handmade silver and gold jewellery, including earrings and necklaces. She takes her inspiration from wildlife and nature, cleverly telling a story in each wearable piece of art.
Find out more on Linda’s website.
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 and enchanting pictures bring the inside of any shed to life and can be seen now only at The Dragonfly.
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 has been designing and publishing original, hand-cut and recycled greetings cards and stationary from a studio near Manchester since 2010. Her cards are printed on top quality, recycled card and packaged in biodegradable sleeves, combining contemporary illustration with heartfelt sentiments to create an instantly recognisable style.
We happily stock her greetings cards and gift wrap.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
"Love Me Again" Vintage Candles
Love Me Again transforms selected pieces of vintage crockery and glassware into candles. Made using soya wax, these beautiful vintage candles burn cleaner and when they’re finished lighting up, can simply be washed out with soapy water and used again and again and again… Each piece is unique, making for a heartfelt housewarming gift for anyone who loves upcycling!