Design & style

Jill Calder illustrates the story of Robert the Bruce

With the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn being commemorated this year, a stunning new telling of the Robert the Bruce story has been produced by Edinburgh based publishers Birlinn Books. With text by award winning author James Robertson the book has been illustrated by Scotland’s finest Jill Calder. Jill spent a year working on the illustrations for this book, producing over 174 large sheets of ink drawings and lettering

Loux, The Vintage Guru of Namibia and retro African style

Loux, (above, pictured above) the vintage style guru of Namibia buys clothes at markets in Windhoek in Namibia and Pretoria in South Africa and adapts them to create what he decribes as a ‘sophisticated punk’ look – all his outfits are recorded on his tumblr . With no formal college qualifications in fashion he’s learned from local tailors in Namibia. He’s hooked up with Khumbala, a group of stylists based

Oh the places you will go: hand painted globes by Wendy Gold

American artist Wendy Gold first gained notoriety decoupaging toilet seats. Always looking for new inspiration, she stumbled across a beautiful antique globe at a flea market and immediately recognised her next canvas.  The globes start at £280 which is not cheap but they would make wonderful Christening or wedding presents. More affordable are her maps (bottom) which start at £85. Check out Wendy’s work here.              

First Ever Create in Fife Awards is sparkling success

When Cellardyke-based jewellery maker, Kirsty Thomas, collaborated with international interiors company Formica she wasn’t to know then it would lead to a Create in Fife Award. Then again, 2013 was the launch of the first ever Create in Fife Awards and on Wednesday 13 November Kirsty, of Lovely Pigeon collected her award beside three other delighted winners. In fact, the diversity of the winners was notable in itself: a new

Andy Murray mug for your tea

Still haven’t bought your souvenir to celebrate Andy Murray’s victory at Wimbledon? Here’s a stylish commemorative mug by designer Gillian Kyle and illustrator Clare Forrest. ‘Andy Murray’ was so popular he’s sold out but is back in stock 23 September. Other ‘Local Heroes’ include Robert Burns, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Mary Queen of Scots and Alexander Graham Bell. Gillian, who is known for her range of Tunnocks teacakes and caramel wafer

University of Aberdeen Library: 'a luminous landmark for the city'

The University of Aberdeen Library is almost a year old. It opened in September 2012 and was designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, a Danish practice, who also designed the Royal National Library in Copenhagen. Featured in international architecture, design journals and blogs it was recently listed as one of ‘the top 20 modern mesmerising libraries around the world’. The ground floor is open to the public. ‘The façade of

Hank Bought a Bus

Frustration at all the desk-based design that dominated his architecture degree drove Hank Butitta to undertake a hands on practical project for his dissertation. After buying a school bus on Craigslist for $3,000 Hank had only several weeks to convert it to a home. With his dissertation at the University of Minnesota completed, the bus is now being put through its paces as a fully functioning home. Hank and his friend/photographer