Friday, 20 November 2009

Blackhouse Shop!

On doing a little stint at my Parent's work while my Mum has been unwell, I naturally had to do my daily trip to the butcher to collect delicious pies. I past what used to be Gullane's little veg shop 'Get Fresh' to discover it is now going to be a beautiful little shop called 'Blackhouse' owned by my family friend Lynn McCallum Barr.

Lynn is a designer in which specialises in goods from handbags to cushions made from handwoven Harris Tweed. She is orginally from Culloden just outside Inverness and grew up within a family and community that was surrounded by the traditional production of Harris Tweed. She now lives in Gullane, East Lothian in which she works from home creating designs and hand-making these wonderful and fun Harris Tweed bags and accessories.

Lynn is a true inspiration to young designers and has shown that with motivation you can go a long way. She began her business by attending lots of craft fairs (a few years ago we visited her stand at the Royal Highland Show, I bought one of her bags!) and through this gaining interest from both customers and those within the craft industry she then set up her website blackhousebags which has made a great success and she now plans to invest in a shop.

She tells me that she is now moving her studio down to the back shop out of her flat in which she shares with her husband Euan, as she has no longer has enough space in the flat and has to actually move things to make space.

She also informs me that she has sourced other Scottish craft designers to showcase in her shop which I am looking forward in having a browse at when the shop opens in the beginning of December. So everyone should come along and have a nosey! Good Luck Lynn!

I Truely Think Computers Don't Like Me!

Well, it has been some time since I last posted. You'd think after the whole Uni thing I would be good at keeping up-to-date, but I see it as taking a wee 'holiday' from the whole responisbility at keeping good things like this and keeping them current.

I feel that computers are currently against me (especially my cousin's laptop... grrr!) I am currently trying to set up an account with this online portfoilo website which is a great. I got an email thru just yesterday saying that they had gone round New Designers way back when in July and had picked up on some peeps work they would like to encourage to join. I was very happy about this and have joined up. HOWEVER, I have then tried to update/upload a biography and have done so a couple of time and does the computer do as I say and save what I have spent an hour and a bit to write.... thats right... a big fat NO! Maybe I should take a coffee break to try and re-group :-(

Also, good news started new sketchbook work again FINALLY! Lets hope I can keep up the work and stop ranting.