About

Hello, I’m Julia, an artist and craft maker. I live in an early 20th century miner’s cottage, just outside Edinburgh, and I run my business from my home studio.

In my shop, you will find a great selection of inspiring ideas - items for decorating your home, accessories you’ll love wearing and using every day plus cards and gifts to suit all ages.

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I believe in the transformative power of art – not just for the maker but the viewer too. Did you know scans have shown, looking at works of art triggers a surge of dopamine in the pleasure centre of the brain, akin to falling in love!

art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.”

Pablo Picasso

In a world of mass-produced corporate blandness, where life can appear drab and grey, I enjoy using colour to create an uplifting mood.

Colour can have a huge effect on how we experience the world. There’s soothing green – the colour of nature, and traditionally the colour of hospital walls. Blue that can be calming like the sea or vivid and intense like the Summer sky, or just give you the blues... Then there’s euphoric orange and passionate red.

What’s your favourite colour and how does it make you feel?

 “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for." Georgia O'Keeffe

 Art by Julia Laing

Inspiration

The gorgeous colour palette and styles of mid 20th-century design inspire me, but also the things that I’m surrounded by in the here and now: my handsome black cat, Hendrix; the flowers growing in my garden; the textures of the hand-thrown pottery I’ve collected over the years.

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris

Everything I make, whether a simple woollen purse, painting, or hand embroidered artwork, has been created with love and care. Each characterful item tells a story. It might be a cheerful love story, like the little dress brooches, with their pink hearts and butterflies; or it could be more poignant, such as mixed media envelopes, with their hand-embroidered messages. There is sure to be something that resonates with you.

I get immense satisfaction from making pieces that are either one-of-a-kind or made in extremely small batches, so you can count on your purchase being exclusive or unique.

Background and Experience

In 1990 I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with an Honours Degree in Painting, later also studying Creative Embroidery. I worked for many years in manufacturing and retail - making hand pleated lampshades and selling vintage clothing, amongst other things. Now I put that experience into practice on a daily basis in my creative work.

In 2005 I launched my business, Materialised. Since then my work has sold in shops, galleries, and craft fairs. I’ve sold to private collectors in the UK and internationally via online shops such as Etsy and Folksy. With over ten years experience selling online, providing great customer service comes as second nature.

In 2018 I re-launched my website under my name, Julia Laing.

 

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I’m a member of the Green Craft Initiative, a community of Scottish makers, committed to reducing our environmental impact so you can buy with a happy heart and safe in the knowledge you have made an ecologically sensitive purchase.

Every order is appreciated.

Payment can be made securely using PayPal or with your credit or debit card.  

Any questions? Use the contact button at the bottom of the page. 

Thank you for visiting.

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