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Laura Meek

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November 29, 8:30am • BoConcept • part of a series on Lost

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.

CMEdi People: Q&A with Keiron Calder

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

My name is Keiron, I’m from the hillfoots in Clackmannanshire, and now live and work in Edinburgh.

I work as an Independent Consultant, specialising in industrial design and manufacturing.

I’m also director of K_N Design Studio, working on a variety of Product Design related projects from theme parks, to award trophies. I love to write and speak about design and personal growth whenever I get the chance!


How can people see your work?

You can check out the Studio’s past work at k-n.studio and you can keep up with day to day stuff on my Instagram which I keep relatively up to date! You should also check out my Medium page for regular blogs and playlists!


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

I’ve been working away on some fun side projects recently which I’d love to share. I’ve been making a new playlist every month for almost a year now which is really cool. Each month I put together 10 tracks loosely based around a theme of what’s been happening that month, and I write a wee blog post that accompanies them and runs through my thoughts and feelings and random anecdotes. It’s pretty much an outlet for my obscure thoughts that would normally swim around in my head!

You can check them out on my Medium blog, and stream the playlists on Apple Music &/or Spotify. I’ve also combined them into one massive playlist which grows each month. It’s been a really fun process gradually curating my dream playlist.

My other side project has been printing posters based around the theme of positive vibes. I really love quotes, and I’m constantly discovering and writing down new ones for a rainy day! I print all my posters at Out of the Blueprint down in Leith, who are an amazing Risograph Print service who support young illustrators in our local community. You should check them out! All my posters are available on Etsy.


Who inspires you?

Dieter Rams is a big influence from an Industrial Design point of view. He’s given a lot to the design community and continues to inspire generations of creatives. His recent documentary RAMS really challenges the designers of today to be better. A wise man.


What brings you to CreativeMornings?

CreativeMornings was one of the first events I ever attended when I first started up my business. I’ve been pretty hooked ever since. Each talk is totally different and I always leave feeling really inspired and fired up! It’s also a great excuse to catch up with local friends doing similar (and extremely different) things to me!


How long have you been coming to our events?

I’ve been going off and on for about 3 years now! The first one I attended was actually in the evening, it was the Edinburgh chapter’s first birthday party at Whitespace’s offices and I instantly met a bunch of cool people who I still catch up with regularly.


What has been your favourite CMEdi event?

Hmmm tough to pick one because they’re all so different. David Hartmann’s one was really funny going all the way back to his childhood. He also had animated Gif’s which were pretty epic. Pete Thomas was really inspiring, casually dropping some pretty amazing quotes.

(Reality with Pete Thomas)


What advice can you share with the CMEdi community?

Figure out what you really want from life. Seriously. So many people spend their lives avoiding these really important questions. I did for a long time, and I can tell you that floating along can be fun for a while but it won’t last forever! At some point you need to gift yourself the time and space to really think about this stuff. People avoid it because it seems hard, but life is so much harder when you don’t know what you’re doing!

Once you have a crystal clear picture of exactly what you want, you can start taking massive daily action towards your goals. Not knowing what you really want is like stabbing in the dark! You’ll probably hit something but who knows where you’ll end up! Knowing what you want gives you control over your own life. (Usually the main reason why people go freelance in the first place!) #isntitironicdontyouthink


What’s your favourite thing about Edinburgh?

It’s a city that feels like a village! On one hand it has a quiet charm, packed full of character and obscure things, then on the other hand it’s bloody touristy, and constantly alive! You just don’t get that anywhere else. It’s a total anomaly. I felt at home the day I moved here and I never want to leave!


How do you like to spend a free day in the city?

My wife and I live and work along the invisible border where the New Town, Old Town and West End all meet! So we’re usually skulking about within our wee radius! I know it’s touristy, but I bloody love it!

I’d probably go for a walk down the canal, get some lunch from Pumpkin Brown or Hula, and then head to The Filmhouse or Cameo to catch a movie. Margaritas at Bodega TollX are always a good idea too! Taco’s Taco’s Taco’s!


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

I’m currently reading an absolute game changer of a book. It was written in the 60’s so it’s not always an easy read (and a bit out of date gender wise - ‘Man this, Man that’), but it is full of wisdom and I’ve related to every single chapter so far. It’s all about success and self image. If you’re into self help and all that stuff (I’m pretty addicted!) you need to read this. I actually think every person on the planet needs this book. It should be in the school curriculum (just update the gender pro-nouns first!). It’s called ‘Psycho-Cybernectics’ by Maxwell Maltz. (Could do with a jazzier cover also!).

Is there anything else you like to say to the CMEdi Community?

Life is non-linear! Small actions taken consistently every day will compound over time and make a massive impact! Concentrate on small consistent wins rather than seeking the glory of a big one! The big ones don’t last! Always remember YOU ARE ENOUGH! Cheers for reading Edinburgh pals!


You can follow Keiron on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and see more of his work at k-n.studio and keironcalder.com.

Find Keiron’s blog posts at medium.com/@KeironCalder and listen to the accompanying playlists on Apple Music &/or Spotify.

Check out his inspirational poster designs at his Etsy store!

CMEdi People: Lucy Batura


Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Lucy Batura and I’m a Contract Designer at BoConcept in Edinburgh. We are the world’s most global furniture brand and have been designing, developing and producing furniture in Denmark since 1952. My role at BoConcept is to help people to create a perfect environment to grow and develop their business. I also run Polymorphics, an independent company specializing in designing and handcrafting contemporary objects. Recently I’ve also started We Make, a new studio/ workshop / retail space based in central Edinburgh.

Why do you come to CreativeMornings?

I’ve been to many CMEDI events and I really like the concept and the atmosphere, even if is early in the morning. My favourite talk so far was by Pete Thomas about ‘Reality’, Pete with his wife Kirsty runs Tom Pigeon, a design studio in Fife. I just love everything about their brand, and it was fantastic to hear the story behind their success.

What are you working on at the moment?

At BoConcept in Edinburgh we are developing the contract side of the business and we’ve started BoBreakfast, a monthly networking event for industry creatives in Scotland. We would like to provide a platform to connect with like-minded individuals, also bring the industry together, share good practice, knowledge, successes, failures and challenges. Please join us on the 1th of August! (Details and tickets here)

Who inspires you?

At the moment Greta Thunberg, I’m absolutely mind blown by her determination and commitment towards climate change. This 15years old true warrior is not only increasing awareness of global warming but empowering young people to get involve in changing their future.

Do you have any advice to share?

Working as a freelancer or in a small company can be challenging, sometimes feels like you are drifting alone on the boat towards unknown and you are terrified. It can be paralyzing and overwhelming but if you look around, they are other people feeling exactly like you! Park your boat, get out and join Creative Mornings or BoBreakfast and start chatting! About your feelings, work, dreams or a book that you just read it. I believe that sharing the experience is the best way to learn from each other and overcome the difficulties, try it!

What is something creative or cultural that you think more people should know about?

I recently went to Architecture Fringe, it’s an independent, open platform for projects across the arts exploring architecture and its impact. This fantastic festival took place in June across Scotland but the exhibition in the Lighthouse in Glasgow has been extended until 31th of August, so there still chance to see it.

What’s your favourite Edinburgh activity?

I love long walks around Edinburgh, so many places to visit! Recently I went with my dog to the Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill; fantastic views, lush greenery and so peaceful environment! Just perfect!


Check out Lucy’s different projects at www.polymorphics.co.uk and www.wemakeedinburgh.co.uk

BoConcept produce and sell contemporary Danish designed furniture, accessories and lighting, and offer free interior design services. Find out more at www.boconcept.com. Find more details about the August BoBreakfast event here.

Community Minutes

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 let everyone else know about their latest project, a job vacancy, a new product, campaign or event, or anything else they feel like shouting 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 July event (Friday 26th, 8.30-10.00am) please let us know by Weds 24th, - email edinburgh@creativemornings and mention ‘Community Minutes’ in the subject line.

You’ll need to provide:

- Basic details of your announcement

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

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

You’ll also need to be able to attend the event at BoConcept on Rose Street!


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.

As there isn’t a CMEdi event this month, we’re going to try a bit of an experiment.

The CreativeMornings theme for June is Wonder, and we’d like to introduce the CreativeMornings Edinburgh community to the creative wonder that is… the CreativeMornings Edinburgh community!

On the morning of Friday June 28th, when we would have been holding our event, we’re going to take to Twitter to highlight some of the makers, creators, performers and artists who come to our events, using the tag #CMEdiWonders. The CMEdi community can get to know them and their projects, and hopefully their talent and passion can give everyone enough inspiration to get through another Scottish summer!

What ever you do creatively - if you’re a painter, print-maker, dancer, poet or musician, make-up artist, filmmaker, designer, writer or whatever, we’d love for you to be involved. Whether it’s your full-time job or you do it for the sheer pleasure, let us know about it!

We’ve set up a survey here for you to give us the details about you and your creative projects. If you have any questions, please contact us at edinburgh@creativemornings.com.

We’ll post as many of the responses as we can between 8.30 and 10.00am on Friday June 28th - so keep an eye out for #CMEdiWonders!

Please note, we are looking to highlight individual members of our community. If your company or agency is interested in becoming one of our local partners, do get in touch!

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