King’s Theatre Edinburgh



Well I, Celie Byrne, have been asked to be part of the small team given the job of painting the dome of the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh. Of course needless to say I jumped at the opportunity in the non-cool way of desperation dripping from the words ‘YES! I’LL DO IT’ that came spilling out of my mouth… there any other way? No, not for me it seems.

My old chum Kevin Leary from art school is our head honcho & was given approval for the project a couple of days ago. Can I just point out for the record that my dad (below mentioned old man in nice suit) didn’t ask me but my new best friend Kevin did. So we’re as excited as excitable children at Christmas time….shall keep you posted on the progress. Work starts end of June.



Doily Coffee Table

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Phoenix, Arizona….that’s where this little number is being sent today.

Friday finds….Louise Smith


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Louise Smith is a Lancashire lass now living & creating in Edinburgh these last couple of years or so. Louise studied Screen Printing at the University of Derby but has many other disciplines & crafts to her bow. Having set up a small creative space for jewellery makers & printmakers to create, exhibit & teach their crafts near the King’s Theatre, Louise made the bold move to bigger premises in the Old Town of the city. Over the last few weeks many hours of hard graft & back breaking labour have transformed this dreary old office space into a bright future for an exciting new gallery with studio spaces for textiles, jellwery, pottery, woodwork……

For updates on this unique enterprise & what workshops or studio space the Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts has to offer click on the links below.

Friday finds…..Sally Sneddon

Sally Sneddon is the founder & creator of The Cheeky Chair Company based in Newport-on-Tay, North East Fife. This Antipodean is a qualified, experienced & award winning interior designer who upholsters in lovely Harris Tweed, as well as many other funky fabrics. Sally recently opened her workshop in Newport & is well worth a visit with other lovely handmade/upcycled pieces.

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Today in the Workshop

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I’ve been absent from the workshop in the last few days, been helping out with the Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts renovations, which are coming along splendidly. Laurie has made this lovely dress, have a feeling she may well be modelling it as I type as she’s off to a wedding today with her (& I quote) ‘long suffering’ fiancé & their lovely children, Joe & Niamh.

In the meantime this rocking chair needs primed & painted in readiness for the back to be replaced with some form of canvas splat, got the old thinking cap on. It’s been a while since we at Ramshackle Rose have been able to spend time on our wares, what with family commitments to fulfil, but we’re getting back into our routine & we certainly haven’t been idle.

Good news coming soon!

I’m Only Sleeping

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It just occurred to me that I hadn’t posted the finished painting ‘I’m Only Sleeping’, so here it is. Painting the stripes was hell in my experience but if you don’t look too close it is quite effective. This portrait seems like such old news now, having only been completed 2 months ago.