OUR ARTISTS, MAKERS & DESIGNERS
CASS BARRON // ARTIST
Cass is a self taught bookbinder who has a particular interest in working with pre-loved and everyday materials. She first delved into bookbinding while studying Fine Art Sculpture at Glasgow School of Art, making her own sketchbooks to record her creative process.
After a brief stint in Newcastle and at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where she studied a Masters in Art Museum and Gallery Education, Cass moved to Edinburgh to take up the role of Development Officer with Voluntary Arts Scotland, where she continues to work part-time, providing support to voluntary-led creative groups across Scotland.
While volunteering with Remade in Edinburgh in her early Edinburgh days, a donation of leather (from an old sofa) re-ignited Cass’s interest in bookbinding and led to her developing a range of upcycled bookbinding workshops, which she teaches both independently, under the name ‘Bookbinding with Cass’ and in collaboration with a range of artists and venues in central Scotland -
‘I get a real buzz out of sharing my passion for bookbinding and inspiring others to see the creative potential of pre-loved materials that might otherwise end up in landfill. It’s great to see people leave each workshop with a unique and usable book, ready to start its creative journey, plus the skills and know-how to make more at home.’
ANNA CAMPBELL // JEWELLER
Anna is an experienced jeweller and teacher.
After starting her career as a Psychology lecturer, Anna decided she wanted some creativity in her life! She took some jewellery making classes, discovered silver clay and was hooked. Anna went on to complete the certification for the two main brands of silver clay, Art Clay and PMC and is, to date, one of only 12 people to have achieved the Higher Diploma in Metal Clay from the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery.
Although now living in Edinburgh, Anna still teaches for the London Jewellery School and is a mentor and assessor on their Diploma programme. She has also taught for Jewellers Academy and at some high profile events including being a Jewellery Expert for Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair, and being invited to teach at the You Can Make It Metal Clay UK residential conference in 2017, 2018 and 2020. She can also be seen on Create and Craft TV as their silver clay jewellery demonstrator.
Anna sells her jewellery periodically in boutiques and shops and has been commissioned to make jewellery for celebrities.
"I love that Arienas is a creative place away from everyday life, a space to learn and make."
PANNA CHAUHAN // ARTIST
Ever since being taught calligraphy, all of Panna's art has incorporated lettering; whether abstract or traditional...and whether it is legible or not! Calligraphy does not just have to be writing on paper: many of Panna's pieces are on fabric, ceramics and glass. And she also uses different languages in her work. For the past 10 years Panna has been involved in an exciting project creating art on the walls of a school in the West Bank: the boys help with the painting, offering their ideas!
"In Palestine, my love of art, calligraphy and the hot sun are all combined! I spend time every summer painting with the boys and watching them feel so proud with what they create...just wonderful! The Arienas Collective is another innovative creative project which I am thrilled to be a part of."
SOPHY DALE // CREATIVE COACH
Sophy coaches creatives.
Sophy has over 20 years of experience working in the arts, publishing and charity sectors, and is a self-confessed 'serial entrepreneur'.
She has worked with writers such as Margaret Atwood, Ian Rankin, Irvine Welsh and Ali Smith, and run an online editing and writing mentoring company.
Based on a desire to understand more about what did and didn't work and why, Sophy developed a new approach to marketing and selling. She threw herself into finding out what was most valuable to her clients, and identified a gap in the market for a more bespoke approach, and Sophy Dale Coaching came about.
Through tackling the sales and marketing challenges she had previously avoided, Sophy learned how to make her services more valuable to her clients and opened up a whole new world of earning potential.
Sophy works with a range of creatives including photographers, artists, bloggers, writers, designers, e-course creators and editors. She shares her learnings with like-minded entrepreneurs through her coaching business, and offers introductory workshops for creative entrepreneurs through The Arienas Collective.
LOU DAVIS // ARTIST
Lou is an artist and printmaker. She left a career in IT in order to pursue a more creative life and found it in the visual arts. She has been teaching workshops in art and design for fifteen years and developing her own creative practice. She studied textile art and fashion in Stockport and began incorporating more and more printmaking techniques in her work before moving wholeheartedly to becoming a printmaker.
Lou is a member at Edinburgh Printmakers where she creates original prints that have been exhibited around the UK, most notably at the Royal Academy and with the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. She is halfway through a practice-based PhD with the University of Glasgow which sees her creating prints in response to new ideas in theology and economics.
“I love passing on the skills and knowledge that I have learnt from others and it gives me great pleasure to see creativity and confidence develop as folk get to grips with something new. I’m delighted to be delivering workshops as part of the Arienas Collective and look forward to a wonderful, playful time."
JANNICA HONEY // PHOTOGRAPHER
Swedish-born Jannica Honey moved to Edinburgh to study photography and digital imaging after completing a BA in Humanities (anthropology & criminology) at Stockholm University 1998.
After building extensive editorial experience as The List Magazine’s in-house photographer, where she shot more than 20 covers and covered the full-spectrum of arts, travel, food and events, Jannica began focusing on more challenging subjects in a series of photo essays. In 2011 she spent several months shooting lap dancers in Edinburgh for an exhibition premiered at the city’s Festival Fringe, providing a candid and unusual perspective.
The following winter she visited the Mohawk reservation in Kahnawake (Montreal) portraying residents including chiefs, peace officer and drug dealers. Later that year she returned to her native Stockholm to document the life of a group of ageing amphetamine addicts, a community her recently deceased aunt had belonged to.
In the summer of 2013 Jannica was given unprecedented access to photograph the Orange Order’s controversial parade through Glasgow, capturing both the marchers and by-standers.
A significant proportion of her recent work has focused on musicians (subjects include The Killers, Emma Pollock, Frightened Rabbit, Kathyrn Joseph, Dougie MacLean, The Horrors, Young Fathers) with her photographs appearing in The Guardian, LA Times, Aftenposten, Svenska Dagbladet, The Scotsman, the Sunday Herald, Vogue, Dazed & Confused, Tank, Aesthetica Magazine and Gaffa.
SUZANNE KEMPLAY // ARTIST
Suzanne graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1988 with a BA (Hons) degree in Drawing & Painting. Her degree show incorporated photography, collage and printing. On leaving college she set up a studio painting commissioned portraits and then travelled, living in California and London before returning to Edinburgh. From 2004 to 2010 Suzanne exhibited a series of flower paintings and still life work with a number of different galleries within Scotland.
After working for a number of years in the charity sector, Suzanne has recently returned to the studio where she continues to explore and challenge herself as an artist. Having more time to pursue her art has led her to rediscover her love of printing and collage.
“I am delighted to be delivering workshops with The Arienas Collective. It is a beautiful, intimate space that immediately puts you at ease and allows you to relax and lose yourself in being creative. I am one of those people that believe there’s an artist within all of us. For some of us our lives become full with other things and we lose that connection to the arts that we enjoyed when we were young. It’s never too late to learn something new. I look forward to working with you at The Arienas Collective.”
MARK KIRKHAM // ARTIST
Mark has been drawing since before he can remember. After years spent as a graphic designer working with many agencies and publications he has reverted to his childhood - filling sketchbooks with the everyday sites that life in Scotland’s capital city provides.
Mark runs his own illustration company ‘Edinburgh Sketcher’ where he creates both personal and corporate commissions, working with many of Edinburgh’s hotels and tourism agencies highlighting what the city has to offer for visitors. He also sketches live at events such as weddings and festivals and runs personal drawing tours around Scotland.
With a strong following on social media he enjoys sharing his hidden views of the city and reminding residents of the beauty in the everyday.
"I love seeing people create more than they thought they could, more than they give themselves credit for. My art workshops are all about building confidence and seeing what happens."
HAZEL LETHABY // DESIGNER
Edinburgh born designer Hazel Lethally founded Mischke Lingerie in 2014.
Building on an early interest in making things, it was inevitable that she went on to study fashion design at Gray's School of Art. Whilst at university Hazel developed an interest in lingerie design and incorporated elements of this into her final collection which has now grown into an established brand.
"At Mischke HQ we have a passion for making small and beautiful things and firmly believe that the Devil is in the detail."
Jodie studied Fine Art, specialising in Painting, at Edinburgh College of Art. During these four years she was curious about challenging what it means to be a painter and what alternative environments complement exhibiting art. Jodie experimented with inviting spectators to climb inside her installations and paint her body in front of a live audience, with music and drinks creating an inclusive, fun atmosphere. After graduating in 2013, she set up an interactive live arts company which gave birth to her festival, Aespia. Aespia is a 24-hour celebration of art and escapism in a secret woodland near London. She spends her time planning her festival, running creative workshops at other festivals and events, and she hosts the woods at Rob da Bank's Bestival. Jodie dedicates her life to encouraging everyone to release their inner artist!
"I'm really excited to be teaching at The Arienas Collective as it combines all the things I love most: art, connecting with people and education."
LYNN POWELL // MANAGER
Lynn manages the day-to-day running of The Arienas Collective. She has a passion for all things creative and community-minded. Lynn has worked with teams of creatives from the worlds of textiles, fashion, design and advertising. As an amateur photographer, Lynn is fascinated by the patterns and displays left by nature or people, and through Sgrìobh combines this long-term passion with a recent desire to get more people communicating through writing cards.
"I've become increasingly aware of the many challenges artists face when trying to promote and develop their business. Setting up and running The Arienas Collective as a hub for delivering creative learning experiences is my way of helping artists make a living from their art, leaving them with more time to do what they're best at - creating."
EUGENIA ROSA // WRITER // ARTIST // MENTOR
Eugenia is a Creatix, Women’s Embodiment Mentor and Teacher, and impassioned encourager of curiosity and play.
Eugenia has formal education and training in various practices within the Embodied Arts (theatre and fashion design, music, education, and bodywork). Her primary practices include Writing, Photography, Embodied Mindfulness and Yoga, and intentional communion with the natural and unseen worlds. Over the last three years, she travelled extensively, and lived in Australia, Indonesia & Japan whilst deepening her methodology, spiritual inquiry and artistry.
Eugenia’s work is grounded in a whole-of-self approach to intentionally creating the life we desire. In this way, working with Eugenia is an invitation to allow change and challenge to awaken and reveal the woman within. To support such transformation she has become devotional about her daily creative expression, ritual and mindful-intimacy practices which she has found to stoke her artistic fire with possibility and freedom.
Through her website Eugeniarosa.com, she shares her reflections and learning by offering tools, practices, and opportunities for women to (re)connect and (re)ignite their passion, purpose and self-empowerment.
Brodie is a visual artist based in her studio at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, though she is often found in the ocean on a Hebridean island! Brodie studied Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art, and since graduating has worked on education programmes with various arts organisations in Scotland, including Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Art Festival. She also runs her own handmade jewellery company 'Soa', and last year had a successful first venture with friends running 'The Wilderness Yoga Retreat'.
"I love the energy at The Arienas Collective, especially at the end of the day when people get to go home with all the beautiful things they've created!"
After graduating in Visual Communication from Edinburgh College of Art, Jenny has enjoyed working as an award-winning brand and packaging designer for some of Scotland's most respected agencies. With more than 30 years experience, she believes in design as a power for good: from clearly communicating a message, to simple feel good factors from the aesthetics and problem solving process itself. Jenny worked as Creative Director for Navy-blue Oman, and Design Director at The Leith Agency's sister company EH6 for many years. Jenny is now one half of duo Smith and Riley, and has a strong interest in ethically produced products. This has taken her to The Netherlands and Sri Lanka for Fair-trade, and led to joining The Scottish Soapworks three years ago to brand, promote and teach people the art of ethical soap-making. Jenny has also taught graphic design to students at Napier University and set mentor projects, and has been an external examiner for Edinburgh College over a number of years.
LAUREN SMITH // ARTIST
Lauren Smith is a mixed media artist born and raised in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. Lauren studied Fashion at Edinburgh College of Art before going on to complete a Master’s degree in Textiles.
Since then Lauren has embarked on a new venture and has been developing her skills in hand-embroidery and print design. Heavily inspired by retro patterns and colours, Lauren creates unique embroidered pieces from her studio in Edinburgh. Each piece begins as a painting and is finished with stitch and as many embellishments that will fit!
LUCY WAYMAN // ARTIST
Lucy Wayman is a Welsh Artist, currently based in Edinburgh. Lucy graduated with a Sculpture Degree from Edinburgh College of Art in 2016. Her current practice uses traditional craft techniques, such as macramé, to intuitively join fibres together to create large, complex hanging structures.