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Our newest retail space on Level 2 demonstrates our commitment to promoting and supporting the work of artists, designers and makers living and working in local AB postcode areas. Operating with a ‘pay it forward’ ethos, the shop features 3-4 makers at a time, on a three-month rotation. They then nominate makers whose work they admire for the next slot bringing you a constantly evolving range of meticulously crafted products from a diverse range of local creatives, including ceramics, fine art, textiles and accessories.  

 

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Aimee Morris

Ceramics and illustration

Aimee Morris is an Aberdeen-based ceramicist and illustrator. She graduated in 2019 with a BA Honours in Communication Design from Gray’s School of Art.

Through the ancient methods of pinching and coiling, Aimee hand-builds highfired stoneware pieces. Her ceramic works explore feelings and anxieties and embody things which people can’t always articulate in words. She loves the interactions which happen when people look at them – they go from having helped her to understand herself to helping others understand themselves. She also enjoys hearing how other people find their own narratives within a piece and the conversations which are sparked as a result.

“I see the jars as Gods of modern day anxieties, each designed with a different worry in mind, and as protectors and companions as we venture through life. With heads as stoppers, they are designed to encourage you to write down your worries and post them into the jar – helping to clear your head of anxieties and allowing you to focus on the present moment with a positive outlook.”

Aimee was nominated for Shop AT The Top by Ailsa Simpson.

www.pinchcoilandfire.com
@aimeecatherinemorris

 

 

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Aymee Charlton

Textiles

Aymee Charlton is an Aberdeen-based textile artist with a passion for the natural world. The use of natural, non-toxic dyes and creating as little waste as possible is an important aspect of practice.

Since graduating from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, in 2012 with a BA(Hons) Fashion Design, Aymee has continued to develop her practice within garment construction and textile processes. As well as creating costume for film, she has worked alongside other artists to make creative garments for art performances and exhibitions, most recently for Grace Ndiritu’s ‘Plant Theatre for Plant People’, which was part of British Art Show 9 at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Aymee finds inspiration in the natural surroundings of the coast and local rural landscape, as an escape from the busy city. She appreciates nature’s imperfections, which is apparent in her work through her use of eco printing and the surprise element of its results.

Aymee was nominated for Shop At The Top by Nicola Brand of Nicolpops.

 

 

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Camban Studio

Printed textiles, handstitch and workshops

Camban Studio by Fiona Hall is an Aberdeen-based studio specialising in sustainable, circular, slow-designed, hand-crafted, and meaningful textiles. Sourcing offcuts and ‘dead’ stock from the best Scottish textile producers, Camban Studio takes their finest quality sustainable cashmere and wool, and uses them alongside beautiful silks, organic cottons and linens. They apply their print designs to create a unique and precious range of textile products that are small batch and produced by social enterprises in Scotland. Products are kept in circulation through service offerings including repair, upcycle, trade-in and recycling.

‘Camban Studio Community’ is our programme which passes on craft and design skills through online courses focussing on how nature, connection and craft can improve feelings of wellbeing.

Camban Studio by Fiona Hall was nominated by Mhairi Allan of Paper Houses Design

www.cambanstudio.com

 

 

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Fernweh UK

Bags and accessories

Fernweh UK is a bag and accessories brand founded by designer / make Laura Sherriffs in 2014. Laura’s designs are inspired by a sense of adventure and the Scottish wilderness. She uses this natural inspiration to create high quality, handcrafted waxed cotton canvas bags and accessories which blend aesthetics with function and bring a little bit of adventure into everyday life.

Laura uses traditional, responsibly sourced materials which tie her work directly to the landscape which inspires it. The colour palettes reflect the coasts and lochans of the Cairngorms and North-East of Scotland. She uses natural based, tactile materials wherever possible to create hard wearing pieces that will age through use. As a firm believer in creating a slow, sustainable business, Laura strives to create a brand and products that reflect these values, with designs that minimise waste and with products that are made to last.

Laura has been creating waxed canvas bags and accessories since 2014,
after graduating with a BA Hons in Fashion Design from Gray’s School of Art
in 2013.

Fernweh UK was nominated for Shop AT The Top by Megan Falconer

www.fernwehuk.com
@fernwehuk