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Make Works: Edward Smith

We've collaborated with Make Works to showcase the stories behind our products. Today we catch up with Scottish artist and designer Edward Smith.

Born and raised in Buckie, Edward now lives in the village of Fochabers on the north east of Scotland. Trained in Graphic Design at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, his seaside surroundings have always provided inspiration for his artwork and modelmaking.

He first began making model boats as toys for his three young children thirty years ago. To complement Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, Edward created a small set of hand-made ocean liner models to sell in our shop, including RMS Scythia, Empress of Britain and RMS Carpathia. Find out more about Edward's inspiration, process and beautiful studio in the video below.

Starting with a beautiful sketch, each piece has been hand-cut and carved from wood before being decorated.

Edward Smith in his studio
Edward Smith in his studio

Since making them for his children, his models have developed into a range for adult collectors and they are now sold in museum shops, art galleries and design-led gift shops across the UK.

hand-made ocean liner models
Hand-made ocean liner models in Edward's studio

You can find a limited selection of Edward's model ships in our shop.

Ocean liner models, RMS Scythia, Empress of Britain and RMS Carpathia

Make Works Collaboration

To help tell the stories behind some of the wonderful collaborations in our shop, we have been working with leading Scottish design studio Make Works.

Originating in Scotland and extending throughout the UK, Make Works now have an international reach, including regions in the UAE and Sweden.

Make Works source local manufacturers, workshops and materials, beautifully capturing the people behind them and making them available through their open access platform. Since 2013, Make Works have visited and documented almost 200 factories and manufacturers, encouraging those in the creative industries to have work made locally or independently.

With their profound knowledge of Scotland’s creative industries and talent for storytelling, Make Works are the perfect partner to showcase a selection of our retail collaborations.