Story originally published in Buzz Magazine on 18th April 2012 (Link)
The innovative design market is organised by Edinburgh Art School graduate Amelia Smith and Edinburgh University student Katie Reid. Katie told me Amelia “realised there was a gap in the market to showcase local design”. Katie’s reason for getting involved is because “[Amelia and I] are really good friends. She asked if I wanted to help out”.
Their approach is a new take on the usual traditional markets; Reid says there are lots of vintage fairs and craft fairs, but what they’re doing is more upmarket. The aim of the market, she continues, is that “it’s an area for local design and local artists, and bringing their money back in the community and showcasing their work”. She adds they want to “build a connection with arts students and locals in the design community” so there is a mixture of established artists and students. “It’s something a bit different”. The three main points Reid says they want to promote is local makers, new design, and to provide opportunities for students.
The market is held both in the morning and afternoon. Good reasons to visit are that there is something for everyone, with prices starting from £2 for handmade marshmallows from The Marshmallows Company. Flavours range from beer to key lime pie. Expensive jewellery is also sold, as well as prints and low-priced cards from the artists. And if that’s not enough, there’s also delicious food to sample, and— to top it all off—entry is free.
One example of an artist is Alice Kettle, who makes Ray lamps (laser-cut plastic lamps). She is a ﬁrst year student in Product Design at Edinburgh College of Art. Another is Made by Magpies; a group of design students who work in textiles and print. You can check their Facebook page.
Artists hear about the market through the mailing list, connections from other markets, the Facebook page, and word of mouth. Applications for the current market are now closed but keep an eye for future markets. These will depend on the success of this; since the Christmas equivalent was successful, Reid is “really positive” about the April market. Both Reid and Smith have certainly revitalised the perception of an ordinary market with an excellent idea that is sure to take off.
Images Source: The Market organizers, clic