Leith is Edinburgh's creative heart, and it is such a pleasure to see Leith Makers' shop filled with such beautiful hand-made objects. Leith Makers was set up with a vision of combining artists' making space, public workshops and events space, and somewhere where a diverse range of local makers can showcase their art.
We offer beautiful and useful arts and crafts from candles to cushions, flower vases to crocheted frisbees, original paintings and prints to purses and pencil-cases -at a range of price points for almost every pocket.
There is a sustainability ethos embodied in many of the pieces - using repurposed fabric lampshades, non-soy waxes, organic fabrics and water-based inks, to list just a few.
The last weekend of each month sees an even wider range of artists and products, with our makers markets. And many weekends will showcase the works of a specific artist in addition to our usual stock - so look out for our upcoming artists pop-ups.
The majority of our stock is made in Leith for Leithers, with some carefully selected crafts from artists in the Lothians and beyond. Carmen and Calum welcome you - we are open every Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 5.30pm.
We are inviting artists interested in being part of Leith Makers - whether its for an exhibition, running classes and workshops, or renting one of our studios - to come to our open day on Saturday 13th January 2pm - 5pm. Drop us a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know you'll be coming, or just drop in on the day.
We are delighted to anounce that Caitlin Bowbeer of Bowbeer designs is joining Leith Makers from mid-December.
Caitlin will be continuing her stunning ceramics and wider graphic arts practice, while offering a variety of workshops from the new year.
As a long time admirer of Caitlin's work, it's wonderful to have her on board.
The sun was shining on Leith Walk today! With only three weeks to go to our opening Christmas Makers' Market on Saturday 25th November, it's so exciting to see the fruits of months of hard work finally pay off. I just love how the sun streaming in our first floor gallery windows is filtered through the banisters and brings out the simple beauty of our century-old staircase.
Hopefully you will come and see for yourself soon too! We are counting down the days to opening....
Today was my first day back on site for a while - after my father's very sudden illness. The input of so many people has truly demonstrated the value of community. I have been so blessed by my friends stepping in to help, as well as the sterling efforts of Dariusz (the owner of quite the best building company - DAP Projekt). Excitingly the floors are finished, and much of the painting is now done, and we even got the beautiful new windows in this week. What a transformation. Talking of community building, I'm really excited to be working with Carmen of Support the Makers to run the opening Maker's Markets. This was always intended to be a community space - and the need for community has been so well demonstrated in the renovation phase alone.
We are launching Leith Makers with a Christmas Market showcasing the best of local arts and crafts. Running Thursday to Sunday every week till Christmas from the 23rd November. Why not join us? Apply via our contact form, or simply email or telephone for more information.
Perhaps you remember our building as Bross Bagels, or even Douglas Bakery, but originally 105 Leith Walk was part of Edinburgh’s own ‘High Line’ - a freight train route connecting Leith Docks to the Caledonian Railway network. Sadly we lost the bridge in the mid 1980s, but what remains is a glimpse into the industrial heritage of Leith.
The building was originally intended to serve as a passenger station for Leith Walk, but that idea was soon abandoned, and we are left with a truly monumental piece of architecture, moulded in stone and steel, with a railway platform for a roof!
Time has not been kind to the building, and it has required a good deal of tlc to return it to a building fit for Leith Walk in 2023. Here’s some of what we have been doing - and its not finished yet!
1 - 4: restoring the facade, bit by bit
5 - 8: ground floor renovations
9 - 12: revealing the steel deck ceiling