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Amy Niven

Edinburgh Jewellery designer and maker, Amy Niven, on why the city offers the inspiration her label needs

What does a typical day involve? Yoga, smoothie, sketching, midday walk, sawing, filing, hammering, soldering, polishing and prepping some nutritious food. Since having a baby, I fit all of that in where I can. Any new projects in the pipeline? Yes, but I can’t tell anyone! Designing and making engagement rings is SO exciting but I can’t tell anyone about them until they have been given to the lucky girl or boy. Best thing about the city? The number of trees. I often grab a flat white and go for a stroll with a friend in the Links and Meadows. It’s especially pretty when the wild flowers or cherry blossom are in bloom.


Edinburgh’s best bits

Photo by Niven Photography

Why did you move to Edinburgh? I took up residence in Bruntsfield in 2000 and enrolled in a BA Hons in Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art. I’m still an EH10 local, I love the independent shops and cafes and being close to nature. My label, The Third Aye, is inspired by outdoor adventures and connecting with nature.

Where in or around the city do you go for a quick escape? The Pentlands are such a great retreat for the soul. You can walk for miles, eating wild raspberries along the way. What’s the city’s best kept secret? Johnston Terrace Nature Reserve on Castle Wynd South. Peer over the wall to see The Bothy Project’s Palm House and pizza oven made of mud. It’s the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s smallest reserve and shows what can be done with small urban areas.

If there was one thing you could change about the city, what would it be? People complaining about the weather. In the words of our greatest comedian, Billy Connolly, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing, so get yourself a sexy raincoat and live a little.”

Date Arthur’s Seat at sunset with a bottle of fizz Dinner with pals A full moon dinner at The Secret Herb Garden Coffee Artisan Roast for the best decaf flat white in town Cocktails Voodoo Rooms for an espresso martini

The Pentlands

Profile for i-on Edinburgh

i-on magazine | July 2018