Q&A… George Birrell

Scottish Contemporary artist George Birrell was born and brought up in the west end of Glasgow. George trained at the Glasgow School of Art from 1967 to 1971 and, after graduating, went on to teach art and design in Scottish schools for the next decade, before turning to paint full time in 1980. George became…

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Lord of the Strings

The creation of high-quality violins, violas and cellos is a slow, patient, calming craft that has largely remained unchanged since the 1800s. And it is an art being performed right here, in East Lothian. Customers are often surprised when Colin Adamson answers the door to his workshop. There are stereotypes associated with those engaged with…

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Your Local People… Peter & Jenny Maniam

Rogue Village evolved from Peter and Jenny Maniam’s desire to create events which would last long in people’s memories. Inspired by the arts, design and nostalgia, they aim to produce laid back, welcoming and captivating experiences. Their ever-evolving stable of events including Hobo Cinema, Canteen Street Food Festival and A Christmas Fairy Trail. They’re always…

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Pompoms with Personality

Anthropomorphism is the showing or treating of animals, gods and objects as if they are human in appearance or behaviour. And it also the inspiration behind Etta Dunsmure’s unique pompom gifts. Anthropom is the creation of Etta, a mother of two young girls, who lives outside Haddington. Anthropom sells personalised three-dimensional pompom pictures on quality…

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Not Quite Out of the Wood (Yet)!

The dream of early retirement is all that keeps some of us going through the daily grind. Fantasies of a round-the-world cruise, gin and tonics on a seaside terrace or writing a best-selling novel all make work endurable. Somebody who recently considered retirement, is Donnie Spence of Linton Country Furniture which is now in its…

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Against the Grain

These days, when mass-produced furniture goes for a song from stores like Ikea, it’s refreshing to see a wave of artisan furniture-makers bravely going against the grain. Joshua Miller, is one of the new wave of artisan furniture makers breathing new life into the old-fashioned carpentry trade. Using his natural designing ability and his woodworking…

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Your Local People… Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas Co evolved from Laura’s love of white bed linen and going to sleep wrapped in crisp, white bed sheets. Now a leading online homeware brand, Laura Thomas Co sells high quality cotton and pure linen bedding, duvet sets and stylish homewares including hand-poured scented candles that are 100 percent natural using soy wax…

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Head East!

The owners of a popular Falkirk hair salon decided to sell up and head east to begin a new adventure in East Lothian’s Dunbar. Graeme and Jackie Hamilton had been running Falkirk’s Couper & Co for over 22 years, the last 12 from their landmark building in the town’s Princes Street. With three grown-up daughters…

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