What you'll do
Come and visit, one of Scotland's leading hand loom weavers who has been designing and making his own wearable woven cloth since 1997. Weaving under the business name of PickOne, James Donald weaves fabric with a distant Scottish story. His award winning pieces have been exhibited both nationally and internationally, all of which have been hand woven on a 32 shaft computerised Megado, which marries contemporary technology with a tradition that is thousands of years old. With customers ranging from Hollywood "A" listers and British 80's electro royalty, this is an excellent opportunity to come and visit his studio space in central Leith down by the Shore area and see where all the creativity happens in making his hand woven work. There will be demonstrations on how a hand loom works, there is usually a warp on the computerised loom, so whatever stage in the process the warp is at, there will always be something to view/discuss! There will also be an opportunity to view various hand woven items and products. Tea/coffee will be served through out.
I am primarily a weaver using Scottish based materials including lamb's wool, Shetland wool and other British sourced fibres. I having been selling my own hand woven work both nationally and internationally from its inception under the brand name PickOne since 1997. For a number of years I have developed a teaching practice in weave. As well as running weekend weave workshops and an evening classes, I am currently developing an Open Access Studio for Weavers. Weavers can hire equipment, specifically a 32 shaft Megado computerised with two beams plus studio space on a month by month basis.
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Where you'll be
James Donald's PickOne weave studio is housed in the light and airy basement of Coburg House Art Studios, a thriving complex of 75 plus makers and artists covering many disciplines. The studios are set a stones throw away from the Water of Leith near the thriving Shore area, also in Leith, which is heavily populated with trendy cafes and bars ranging from your mom and pop cafes to your higher end Michelin starred restaurants.
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Up to 10 guests aged 14 and up can attend.
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There will be an opportunity to purchase samples and finished pieces at the end of your visit all with a generous 15% discount.
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