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Talking Heads: ReInventions of Traditions

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 from 18:00 to 21:00 (BST)

Talking Heads: ReInventions of Traditions

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Date: Tuesday 25th October 2016
Time: 6-9pm
Venue:  Whitespace, Norloch House, 36 King's Stables Rd, EH1 2EU

We are delighted to be hosting Talking Heads, a fast paced evening of lightning talks and informal networking at our member, Whitespace lovely space. The event will feature 10 guest speakers including Designers, Makers, Illustrators, Artists and Developers. The theme for this event Reinventions of Traditions hearing from a range of creatives trailblazing into new creative territories either through their practice or how they innovate within their business / career. We will be announcing speakers soon;

Open to all, join us for an evening of inspiring stories, practical tips and leave with new contacts, opportunities and ideas. Places are limited, so please do register in advance.

We are delighted to be joined by the following speakers, 


Ross Fraser McLean, Photographer [StudioRoRo or Ross Fraser McLean



Ross is a Scottish photographer and artist who runs StudioRoRo alongside his own photographic led practice.  Having undertaken photographic projects in Russia, Mongolia, China, Japan, Europe, Lebanon, USA, Cuba & India. In 2011 Ross was held captive by an outcast community of snake charmers for 22 days. He has recently returned from 8 months exploring Mexico looking at death from both a sociopolitical and spiritual standpoint. "My photography can be seen as the documentation of a performance from a first person perspective. Engaging with and mirroring various characters and landscapes that tell a shared story of life and death." The resulting project 'Ceiba' opening in Summerhall on 28th October 2016, partners photography with ephemeral sculpture in an installation as an allegory of our mortality. StudioRoRo's creative client list includes the V&A Museum of Design, Edinburgh Art Festival, Kew Gardens, Local Heroes Design, Make Works & Creative Edinburgh. Follow Ross @RoFraserMcLean


Andy Summers, Architect & Photographer []

Andy Summers, is an architect and a design tutor teaching at Edinburgh College of Art. Andy is also a photographer working under his middle names of Robb Mcrae. His photographic work is currently focussed on the nature and perception of Edinburgh itself. For the past year he has documented the city's western suburbs to explore architectures within the city outwith the World Heritage Site. Andy is also a co-producer for the Architecture Fringe, a new independent contributor-led platform for the arts to reflect upon the built environment. Originally from Edinburgh Andy has lived in different parts of the world and was based in London for ten years. Whilst there he worked for Zaha Hadid Architects for five years and was a lead architect on site for the £74M Riverside Museum in Glasgow. Follow Andy @robbmcrae

Pea Cooper, Miliner [Pea Cooper Milnery]

Pea Cooper is a Scottish born and based Milliner. As one of the very few fully trained Milliners in Scotland, Pea’s hats are in demand the world over. Pea studied millinery at Kensington & Chelsea College, London under the watchful eyes of mighty British Milliners Kirsten Scott, Jane Smith and Ian Bennett. Fluent in all aspects of millinery, Pea’s training puts her head and shoulders above any self-taught maker. After graduating in 2006 Pea moved to Melbourne and became assistant to Richard Nylon, on returning to Scotland Pea set up her own business designing and making hats for both the bespoke and commercial markets. Her hats have graced the pages of many worldwide publications including British, Russian and Turkish Vogue and her work has been showcased in exhibitions throughout Britain. Follow Pea @peacooperhats

Andrew Dyce & Craig Fairweather, Creative Producers [We Throw Switches]

We Throw Switches, Andrew Dyce & Craig Fairweather, are a curation and production duo, based in Edinburgh, who specialise in bringing incredible video games and other wonderful digital things out from behind closed doors and into amazing social spaces. In the past they’ve organised and collaborated on games collections for everything from film premieres to game jam arcades. They also run and curate the games club/bar night,  GamesAreForEveryone. Follow Andrew & Craig @WeThrowSwitches

Natalya Ayers & Fiona Inglis, Founders [PYRUS]

PYRUS is a botanical design studio and Victorian walled flower garden based near Edinburgh. Founders Natalya Ayers and Fiona Inglis are botanical stylists and visual artists working in floriculture; creating installations and styling events and editorial using natural materials. Follow Natalya and Fiona @pyrusbotanicals

David Hartmann, Creative Director []


David Hartmann is an award winning designer, animator and educator who strives to share knowledge and to facilitate others exceptional abilities through the medium of storytelling and visual communication. He founded Werewolf, a specialist design studio based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In a nutshell, we create all sorts of 3D and motion content for clients including ad agencies, TV networks, and businesses of all shapes and sizes. Let us tell you a bit more about why we’re not like the others. Mix an obsession for cutting- edge tech, relentless self-initiated learning and synergy between three completely different, yet complementary, creative individuals and you get us. Follow David @studiowerewolf

Rachel Arthur, Founder & Editor [boom saloon]



 Rachel Arthur is founder and editor of boom saloon, a biannual printed magazine championing the importance of the arts and creative industries. Her work spans the realms of publishing, digital media, creative direction and marketing, with a focus on supporting artists and highlighting creativity’s importance to society as a whole. Having previously cut her teeth in the fashion industry, she has spent time at both global corporations and small start-ups and plans to utilise her experience to democratise creativity for good. Follow Rachel @boom_saloon


Chris Downie, co-founder and CEO [Cunning Blade Ltd]

Chris Downie is co-founder and CEO Cunning Blade Ltd, a company that provides personalisation technology, services and products. Having spent the last two decades delivering digital and mobile products for the likes of Skyscanner and the Rank group, Chris is now Cunning Blade's chief geek whisperer. He provides the vision and product direction. Cunning Blade's latest product, Pasabi follows users' Pinterest boards to build unique interactive profiles designed to understand consumer intent. Pasabi then creates truly personalised offers and recommendations; delivering the right product, to the right person, at the right time.  Follow Chris @cunningblade

Kirsty Whiten, Visual Artist []

Kirsty Whiten is an artist known for her intricate, disturbing drawings and paintings and instantly recognisable street art. Whiten’s work has been exhibited internationally, including solo shows with Stolenspace in London, projects with Edinburgh Printmakers workshop and RECOAT gallery in Glasgow. The images she makes are confronting and often humorous, concerned with picking apart social norms, exploring human behaviour, especially gender and sexuality. Whiten graduated from ECA in 1999, she lived in Paris and Edinburgh before building a house and studios in Fife with her partner and two children.  Follow Kirsty @kirstywhiten

Alex Hewitt, Founder & Photographer [Findr]

I'm a picture editor and freelance photographer who was unhappy with the commissioning process in photography. Why is the process so complex and convoluted and why does it require such intensive administration? Why do early stage photographers mostly fall into the market instead of being visible to customers who can value their skills. Unhappy with the status quo I made a crazy decision to try and do something about it. 2 years of learning, a seed funding round and an Innovate UK competition later I'm shaping and developing marketplace technology which recommends and matches the right photographer with the right customer and automates the who, where, when, what, why questions of every photo shoot. Follow Alex @photofindr 

Event Format
6.00-6.15pm  Registration & drinks
6.15-6.30pm  Welcome & hosted by Erik Ravaglia 
6.30-7.00pm  Lightning Talks
7.00-7.30pm  Break, networking & mingling
7.30-8.00pm  Lightning Talks
8.00-8.30pm  Networking & mingling

The Talking Heads series is kindly sponsored by CGI and Heverlee beer and our friends at Civerinos



With thanks to our lovely host venue, Whitespace, a creative agency with digital in their DNA.




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Norloch House
36 King's Stables Road
EH1 2EU Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 from 18:00 to 21:00 (BST)

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