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Tiree house- shortlisted for RIBA Manser Medal

House No7, a refurbished black house on the Isle of Tiree belonging to Dave and Liz Kerr has been short listed for a prestigious design award. The homes are named in the Royal Institute of British Architects’ shortlist for this year’s Manser Medal.
The Manser Medal is given for originality, quality and imagination, rather than the scale of a project’s social aspiration. More often than not, the shortlist focuses on bespoke houses – large and small – that come about when an architect with a good idea gets to work with a particularly courageous client. The architect in question, Murray Kerr was under additional family scrutiny as he is the son of Dave and Liz.
Six homes have been short listed and the winner will be announced on 16 October 2014. Earlier in the year this stunning property was the winner of Grand Designs Home of the Year 2014 and Kevin McCloud one of the judges said “I fell in love with this project because of it’s simplicity. It’s rather breathtaking”.
The build was undertaken by local firm, John MacKinnon Builders and they have delivered a beautiful property, the result being the old and new parts of the property blend effortlessly together.
We wish everyone involved in this project the very best of luck in October.

2014 Fringe Schools Poster Competition

erin_shortlist_posterIn an amazing achievement, Erin has been shortlisted from 3,400 participants to exhibit her work at Edinburgh’s ‘Museum of Childhood’ on the Royal Mile from 23 May until 25 August – make it a date if you can.

Further details can be found online at: https://www.edfringe.com/about-us/poster from 22 May.

The Fringe Schools Poster Competition is one of the longest-running arts outreach projects in Scotland. It was launched in 1980 and since then over 100,000 young people aged from 5 – 16 across Scotland have put their artistic and creative talents to the test to create a poster that reflects what the Fringe means.

Each year, the shortlisted posters are displayed in a special exhibition in Edinburgh throughout the summer. The winning design becomes the official poster for that year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is used for a range of merchandise, from postcards and magnets to mugs and t-shirts.

Shona Johnston the Art Teacher said, I really enjoy offering this competition to pupils as it is a particularly ideal Curriculum for Excellence project covering all bases. The competition is a valuable teaching aid and experience for all of our pupils from 5 – 16. The pupils love it – a real design brief with excellent resources available and the incentive to win money. It is a project I always look forward to working on.

Thank you and well done to all who took part. Erin, take a bow!

Rags To Riches Eco-Chic Fashion Design Awards

contest results

rags to riches newspaper dress

Nine designers entered their beautifully made and original outfits in the Rags-to-Riches Eco- Chic Fashion contest on July 2nd.

Entries were under 3 categories – Creations for Celebrations, Cosy Posey Bonfire and Summer Sports. All entries were carefully considered by judges Bella Bremner, Natalie Crayton and Gemma Machray and prizes were awarded as follows:

Best Design went to designer ‘PA77’ by Sarah Holliday for her entry in the Summer Sports section of an amazing yellow halter neck dress made from a t-shirt and the straps of a suitcase modelled by Lynne MacKinnon.

Best Use of Recycled Materials went to designer ‘Do-itlike- a-Dude’ by Beatrice Thompson for her elegant maxi dress made from plastic bags and modelled by Kacie Thompson.

Best Accessory went again to Do-it-like-a-Dude for her necklace and bracelet made from metal bottle tops on wire.

Best Collection went to Do-it-like-a-Dude for a cleverly designed collection of plastic bag dress modelled by Kacie Thompson, re-styled ladies suit modelled by Faith Kemp and Cosy Posey Bonfire outfit of up-cycled boiler suit and rigger boots modelled by Kimberly Brice.

Best Model went to Faith Kemp who modelled a revamped ladies suit decorated with jewels and badges and designed from Do-it-like-a-Dude.

The Rags to Riches Eco-Chic Award went to ‘Belle la mode’ by Ashleigh Watson for the most overall points in all categories for her stunning and beautifully designed black and white collection of on trend dresses and accessories made from news paper, old sheets and curtains modelled by Erin Beese, Chloe Williams and herself.

The quality of the designs and workmanship was outstanding with other entries included exquisite children’s clothes made from old nurse’s tunics, a collection of beautiful coats with patchwork trains and old clothes up-cycled into amazing modern designs.

Roots Looks To Grow On First Year Success

roots design workshop

We have been celebrating our first year in practice with a series of awards and the launch of a travelling exhibition.

Roots Design Workshop, our mobile architectural + environmental design practice, pitched our business to on-line Dragons Den star Shaf Rasul on Thursday. This was after we were selected as one of the most promising entrepreneurial businesses in the country. The practice has also been short-listed for a Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award. This means we are in the running to win a £1000 prize.

We also held a workshop this weekend at the Scottish Housing Expo in Inverness. This involved hosting ‘design surgeries’, where members of the public could approach the team for free advice about building projects they had. The workshop also involved an exhibition of the projects developed during Roots’ first year in practice. These included a range of proposals for domestic new-build and extensions, and energy efficiency upgrades to existing buildings on Tiree. This was an exciting opportunity for us to show our work on a national scale.

We expect over one thousand members of the public to see our work during the course of the Expo, which has been called the single most important architecture and design event to take place in Scotland for the past decade. We plan to tour this exhibition around remote communities during the rest of the summer before presenting to the Power of Place conference in Shetland this September.

Roots encourage members of the public to vote for them in the Shell LiveWIRE Awards at www.shell-livewire.org

Micheal Holliday