We are moving our events online for March and April. And we asking for you to be involved by sending us your updates, news and advice, in video form!

We’re going to share them at our live-stream event on Friday March 27th, and on our social media channels.

Community minutes have always been an important part of our events - they are a space where anyone can speak to the whole #CMEdi community. We feel that in this time of isolation and self-distancing, the community minutes are more important than ever, so it is going to be a central segment of the remote events.

We’d love to hear about your business and how you’re coping in this challenging time and any events or services you’re providing (especially ones that can be accessed remotely!). If you are in need of additional help or support please let our community step up! Want just give a shout-out to the rest of us also self-distancing (or some Netflix recommendations)? That is cool too!

  • Videos must be a maximum 60 seconds long. 
  • One video file per person (unfortunately we can’t edit anything for you)
  • Video files should be sent to kristian@irregulargalaxy.co.uk (we recommend using wetransfer.com to send larger files) by 3pm on Weds March 25th.

A few tips: ideally film in widescreen/ landscape format, and try to record somewhere with minimal background noise and a decent amount of light. Also remember to include social media accounts, hashtags, and web links (if you’re feeling fancy you could add these to your video as graphics, or you can just hold up a piece of paper!) And try to keep it PG please! (We aren’t going to broadcast any adult or inappropriate content)

Beyond that, feel free to go as simple & straight-forward or as wildly creative as you like - you could use a swanky 4K camera, but something shot on your phone will be work just as well. Film selfie-style, prop your phone up on a bookshelf, or get someone else to hold the camera. Edit together multiple shots and add graphics or effects, or just film a single take. You don’t have to go mad, but we’d love to hear some music performed from your couch, or see any animation skills. (And absolutely do get the dog involved please!)


Our first remote live-streamed event will be happening 08.30-10.00am on Friday March 27th. Along with everyone’s community minute videos, we’re going to have Phil Adams’ talk on the theme of ‘identity’, including a remote q&a, and lots of other remote fun! We’ll have more on how to join us once we’ve ironed out all the details!

We’re looking for someone with the imagination and skills to hear, grow, and inspire our CreativeMornings/Edinburgh audiences. You’ll work with our content team to create campaign strategies in order to produce newsletters and articles celebrating our events and partners.

We encourage and welcome your steering on how you want to shape this role with the overall mission being to grow our impact in terms of celebrating Edinburgh as a dynamic and inclusive city, to work live and play.

Dedicated time: approx 10h a month, including 4h for event day and monthly team meeting.

If you’re interested in joining our team, let us know via this form!

We’re looking for someone with the imagination and skills to hear, grow, and inspire our CreativeMornings/Edinburgh audiences. You’ll work with our content team to create campaign strategies in order to produce newsletters and articles celebrating our events and partners. 

We encourage and welcome your steering on how you want to shape this role with the overall mission being to grow our impact in terms of celebrating Edinburgh as a dynamic and inclusive city, to work live and play. 

Dedicated time: approx 10h a month, including 4h for event day and monthly team meeting.

If you’re interested in joining our team, let us know via this form!

Our speaker for January’s Roots event is Gillian Scott, founder and creative director of Craft Design House. Craft Design House is a multidisciplinary
sustainable design studio, which aims to nurture up-and-coming designer makers and invest in the preservation of traditional skills.

Gillian was kind enough to share some of her favourite pieces produced by the studio.

Pearl Dish – Designer: Anna Nichols

“I gave this to my daughter, designed to create a physical barrier to your phone, something beautiful and tactile to enhance interiors, which is in stark contrast to our slick touch screens”. 

Isobel Wylie Hutchison Arctic Moon Ring Locket – Designer: Barbara Spence

I always loved secret compartments and little notes and keepsakes. This is inspired by the Arctic Moon and how the moon connects us, looking up it’s the same moon wherever you are in the world.

Leonardo da Vinci Mug – Designer: Ana LM

You need to drink from this mug to really appreciate its strength of character and texture. The organic lines capture Leonardo da Vinci’s beard, it’s playful and also has a biscuit stamp on the bottom.

Reflecting Mackintosh Silk Scarf – Designer: Emily May

It’s the vivid colours and the detail that draws me to this scarf. A stunning piece which was designed to celebrate Charles Rennie Mackintosh 150 years. A very personal collection, it was our first and created before we lost the GSA to fire.

Leonardo da Vinci Last Supper Ties (Jesus & Judas) – Designer: Niki Fulton

It’s the story behind the design and the fusion of colours that I love, using Da Vinci’s technique of sfumato and based around ‘The Last Supper’ they represent the colours worn by Jesus and Judas.

After the roaring success of July’s event with Emily Yates, CMEdi is heading back to BoConcept in September for Muse with Topaz Pauls! We had BoConcept interior design Dominika answer some questions about her creative life.

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Dominika Priehradnikova, I am an Interior Designer at BoConcept whilst also running my own Nail Business @domi.mani

Have you been to CreativeMornings before?

I have only been to the four years of CMEdi party and had a great time. The atmosphere and venue were amazing and I found all the talks very touching but inspiring at the same time.

Are you working on any projects right now? 

I began domi.mani earlier this year because of my love of art and painting my own nails, so why not do this for other like minded individuals. I am putting in most of my spare time and energy into meeting new clients and artists. So far, I have been lucky enough to be involved with various events with businesses such as WeMake and Qrtrlifecrisis

Who inspires you?

I have many inspirations. From everyday objects, people, architecture to influential artists like Yves Klein and Picasso. I don’t think it is so much ‘who’ inspires you, but ‘what’ inspires you. Just look around you and inspiration is everywhere!

Do you have any advice to share?

People don’t really tell you how hard it is to start your own business adventure, so my advice would be to stay with it and you will overcome any obstacles that get in your way. Practice makes perfect! And if you want to be successful, you will - just stick at it.

What is something you love that you think more people should know about? 

I recently read a really good book called ‘Normal People’ by Sally Rooney. It’s basically a millennial love story, I don’t want to say any more to spoil it.

What do you like to do on a free day in Edinburgh?

I have a dog, so my days off are spent going for long walks together. My favourite place is Arthur’s seat - especially on a foggy day when the visibility is low, there is something magical and mysterious about it. I usually grab a vegan bagel from Bross Bagels before I go, to power up.


Follow Dominika at @domi.mani on Instagram.

BoConcept produce and sell contemporary Danish designed furniture, accessories and lighting, and offer free interior design services. Find out more at www.boconcept.com

Photo by Ellie Morag


Who are you, where are you from and what do you do?

My name is Isla Munro and I live and work in Edinburgh. I teach in the Design School at Edinburgh College of Art, primarily undergraduate students, in Product Design. 

I am a designer and consultant, with a background in architecture and furniture design; I earn my crust through graphic design and visual communication and feed my soul through community and participatory art projects, and most recently street art. 

I head up the 100 Days Project Scotland which is a project aimed at encouraging daily creative practice and have great fun arranging the celebratory exhibition in Edinburgh.

Are you working on any projects right now? Tell us about them!  

The project on the forefront (apart from the return of all the university students!) is the 100 Days Project Scotland exhibition, which is opening on the 25th September. This year we have had more than double the amount of participants sign up to be a part of the celebratory show and I am very excited about it. 

Thankfully I booked a bigger venue for the show this year, the Fire Station Engine House at ECA on Lauriston Place, so we will be able to fit in all the amazing projects.

Another lovely project to be involved with is a community art project where me and my friends Astrid Jaekel and Chris Dobson are delivering cut-metal artwork just off the Cannongate. 

How can people find out more?

Instagram is a good place to see some of what I am up to. The 100 Days Project Scotland website is worth a look, including the 3D tour of the 2018 exhibition. Otherwise get in touch through Creative Mornings, and let’s have a coffee and I can tell you more.


How long have you been attending CreativeMornings? 

I have been attending Creative Mornings since 2016, when I went along to a talk by Morven Cunningham on the global theme of Change

CM is one of my favourite things and something I look forward to every month. I love the coffee and don’t even get me started on the bagels but even without those, the chance to hear all the amazing people speak about what is important to them is constantly inspiring. 

What has been your favourite CMEdi event?

It’s very difficult to choose – they are so varied and all good! One I was delighted by most recently would be Mary Johnston on the theme of Preserve. Mary’s Doric poetry was fantastic, and Mary herself was captivating. I also loved the CMEdi in the Meadows where we met under a tree, in the rain, and ate breakfast treats. 

What advice can you share with the CMEdi community? 

I think probably the best bit of advice I could share would be to be yourself, and surround yourself with people you trust. I am lucky enough to have friends and colleagues who appreciate my weird, and I theirs.

What’s your favourite thing about Edinburgh? 

There is not one thing; there is a glorious smooshing together of all the wonderful things which make Edinburgh the only city I want to live in. 

I enjoy walking and cycling around it; I love the mix of architecture, it’s geography and geology. I love living in Leith, it is full of character and there are some great independent businesses and community enterprises which have such heart.  

Love it or loathe it we are a festival city, and though I believe there is so much more Edinburgh needs to do to balance the festivals to benefit residents and not simply cater for visitors, I do feel lucky to have so many amazing things going on, on my doorstep.

What do you like to do on a free day in Edinburgh? 

One of my favourite places to go, which is just outside Edinburgh, is Jupiter Artland. It is a lovely place to wander around. It has a programme of exhibitions every year, but the growing art collection in the grounds is fantastic and I see something new every time I visit. If I can’t quite get myself out to Jupiter Artland, then a cycle up to the Botanics for a coffee and then a wander around the grounds is always a good shout. 


Who or what inspires you?

There is no one thing, or one person, so you’re getting a wee list! I am lucky enough to be surrounded by lots of inspiring friends and colleagues. My fellow 100 Days Project participants and the projects they pursue are an inspiration.  Also, I am lucky to be a member of Tribe Women, an Enterprise Community run out of Tribe Porty, which is a fine collection of inspiring women.

image: Isla Munro

What is something you love and think people should know about?

I love taking photos of mundane yet beautiful things; most recently in the south of France it was door knockers, in New York it was water towers. I spell my name with things I find in the world and I have a ‘photo scavenger hunt’ list on my phone which I tick my way through in every place I visit. It means my camera roll is full of cast shadows, zig-zags, textures and colours rather than tourist destinations. 

My most recent book purchase which speaks to that side of me is called “The Art of Noticing” by Rob Walker – it is a guide full of exercises like the ones I already do (like take photos of numbers 1 – 100 in order, or start a collection), and asks readers to take more notice of the world around them… I think more people should do that.


Is there anything else you like to let the CMEdi Community know?

A shameless plug for the opening of the 100 Days Show, but I would love to see the CMEdi community come to the exhibition. If you can’t make the opening, the exhibition is open until the 29th, so it is well worth a visit. Simply search Instagram for #100daysprojectscotland to see some of the amazing projects. 



Follow Isla on instagram, and find more about The 100 Days Project Scotland at www.100daysscotland.co.uk, Instagram, and Facebook . Check out the original 100 Days Project from New Zealand at www.100daysproject.co.nz

Tickets are available now for The 100 Days Project 2019 show opening night on Wednesday 25th September, sponsored by the Cross Borders Brewing Company. 

The show runs at The Fire Station, Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place, from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th.

Bagel Challenge September 2019

Time again for the CMEdi/ Bross bagel challenge: your chance to design your perfect filling for a Montreal-style bagel and have it brought to life by Bross Bagels!

Your bagel should be inspired by our monthly theme, which for September is ‘Muse’. The winning recipe will be served at our CMMuse event at BoConcept on September 27th, and will be available as a weekend special from Bross Bagels’ Portobello and West End locations!

If you looking for a little extra inspiration, why not check out the current Bross Bagels menus? But do not feel limited by the existing ingredients! So long as Larah Bross and her team can make them into a reality, your ideas are well on their way to hitting the menu, too!

Use this form to submit your bagel design. All entries must be received by noon on Friday September 21st. The winner will be informed by email by September 26th. Good luck!

Hi pals!

As anyone who’s attended a CreativeMornings event knows, after the main speaker we have Community Minutes - an opportunity for anyone in our community to get up and briefly address everyone else.

We regularly have folk come up and tell the audience about new projects and campaigns, job vacancies and upcoming events, but you could use a Community Minute to highlight your newest product, a crowd-funding push, even social issues you feel strongly about, or just to let everyone know about a recent achievement you want to shout about!

Anyone attending the event can take a Community Minute slot - they get 60 seconds to make their announcement, with a slide of their choice up on the big screen. CMEdi also posts the details of the all the announcements from Community Minutes on our social media accounts.

Time at the event is limited, so we do allocate all Community Minute slots beforehand. We only have a limited number, but we will do our best to allocate on a first-come first-served basis.

If you’d like a Minute at our next event please let us know - email edinburgh@creativemornings, mentioning ‘Community Minutes’ in the subject line. We can’t accept applications less than 48 hours before the event (typically our events are on a Friday morning, so we would need to hear from you by the Wednesday before).

You’ll need to provide:

- Basic details of your announcement

- A widescreen slide image (PNG, PDF or Keynote) that can be displayed on the screen during your minute

- Contact details (including social media handles) we can share with the community.

You will also need to be able to attend the event in person!

Once we’ve received your email, we will be in touch in to let you know if you have a Community Minute slot, and give any further details.

The CMEdi Bross Bagel challenge is back! It’s your chance to design a bagel and have it brought to life by the masters at Bross Bagels!

Your bagel should be inspired by our monthly theme (August’s is Justice). The winning recipe will be served at our CMJustice event on August 22nd, and be available as a weekend special from Bross Bagels’ Portobello and West End locations!

If you looking for a little extra inspiration, why not check out the current Bross Bagels menus? However, no need to feel limited by the existing ingredients! So long as Larah Bross and her bagel-masters can make them into a reality, your ideas are well on their way to hitting the menu, too!

Use this form to submit your bagel design. All entries must be received by noon on August 15th. The winner will be informed by email by August 21st.

Fancy joining the CreativeMornings Edinburgh team, or know anyone who might? We are looking for videographers!

Creativemornings is both a local and a global event, as such we need someone with a keen eye to capture the talks as they happen and then edit them to share the Edinburgh stage with the world on the main CreativeMornings.com (that gets over a million hits a month!)

You might be one person or you might choose to share the job, but you’ll be a full member of the CmEdi team and of course be invited to our retreats and socials.

Dedicated time: approx 10h a month, including 4h for event day and monthly team meeting.

If you are interested in this role, please let us know via this link.

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