Beautiful wooden tables and chopping boards made in Fife

Love the clever combination of these rough hewn, beautiful pieces of wood on top of spindly, retro legs – a look which manages to be rustic and urban at the same time.  The tables were made by Ian Davidson and his partner Jen Marshall for their small craft business, Country Collective, which they launched in their workshop near Oakley in Fife, late spring 2017.  The timber live edge designs also

Open Studios North Fife starts 29 April

This video is an interesting peek into some of the studios ahead of Open Studios North Fife at the end of April. Studios in locations such as Cupar, Auchtermuchty and Falkland are open 10am until 6pm on Saturday 29, Sunday 30 and Monday 1st of May 2017. More details can be found on their website. In Above, Jan Hendry, Falkland and below Irene Blair, near Leslie Below, photography by Mark

Dunfermline architecture inspires textile exhibition

From 5-30 April, Fire Station Creative’s own in house textile designer, Claire Christie, will display her latest work in their cafe in celebration of local architecture. ‘My studio here at the Fire Station Creative looks out over the rooftops of Dunfermline and it has been this skyline, its patterns, shapes and rhythms that have inspired this new collection of printed textiles.’ says Claire who studied printed textiles and surface pattern

Original Clarabella Christie piece to be won!

In our final Christmas local shopping competition, there’s a sweet little textile bird mounted onto wood by Clarabella Christie to be won. Clarabella Christie is textile/interior design business run from Fire Station Creative. Claire Christie, the artist behind the label, says, ‘I inject life into unloved and unwanted fabrics, furniture and lighting and turn them into collections of contemporary homewares. I never make the same thing twice and all my

Piccadilly Lilly, clothes & jewellery shop in Elie, Fife

A Christmas tree dress is such a simple but clever idea for this window display at Elie shop Piccadilly Lilly.  Mia Gonzalez-Noda, who opened the shop in July 2016, has friend and stylist Bridget Sneddon from Through the Looking Glass Events,  to thank for the window display. Since the age of 21, Mia, now 41 had wanted to own a clothes shop. With two young children it was the 70

Chalk: stunning modern plaster works at Fire Station

Ffion and Steven Blench, a husband and wife team from Aberdour, are showcasing their own twist on traditional and decorative plasterwork at Fire Station Creative. Visitors to the gallery will be treated to a superb modern treatment of the ancient craft. The couple, who’s company name is Chalk, have previously worked on prestigious restoration projects such as Stirling Castle, The Assembly Rooms and Blair Atholl Castle. For this special exhibition,

Wemyss School of Needlework: stitching since 1877

Incredibly, The Wemyss School of Needlework in Coaltown-of-Wemyss dates back to 1877. It was founded by Dora Wemyss, a wealthy philanthropist and great-grand-daughter of a relationship between King William IV and his mistress the actress Dora Jordan. Wemyss had been inspired by the opening of the Royal School of Needlework in London five years earlier and set up the Wemyss School to offer girls six-month apprenticeships. If they were particularly good they

Flower School at FSC, Dunfermline

Flower school sounds much more charming than flower arranging classes. When she’s not busy creating wedding flowers for brides, Louise of Lou Lou Flowers is running a flower school at Fire Station Creative in Dunfermline, Fife.  Short courses include Boho Bridal Bouquet and Pimp up your Pumpkin in October in time for Halloween. Details of courses listed below. Sunday 12 June – Half Day Workshop Luxury Hand Tie Gift Bouquet

Open Studios North Fife this weekend

Painter Sharon Black, Ladybank and furniture designer Mark McCance, Kinloch are just two of the artists opening the doors of their studios to the public for the Open Studios North Fife weekend from Saturday 7 May to Monday 9 May.  The weekend is an opportunity to see the interesting spaces in which artists work, to hear more about their methods and sources of inspiration, buy or commission something for your