Our Story

The MiM Story

Renae Bell noticed a lack of opportunity to buy quality hand-made, ethically-made products locally. So she teamed up with other creative artists to do something about it.

She joined a local art committee in February 2019 with the idea to organise an area-wide Open Studio Day tour. The idea grew arms and legs. She gained support and volunteers, then the idea morphed into the Made in Midlothian launch event in June 2019. The day was full of live music, workshops, demonstrations, book readings, arts and crafts, street food and community.

The response was so overwhelmingly positive from members of the whole community that since then she has been working with volunteers to organise events and set up long term goals that will see MiM working towards the community interest of supporting the creative arts in Midlothian far into the future.

Meet Team MiM

Our Creative and Passionate Volunteers!

Team MiM is comprised of volunteers who have dedicated much time and energy to get Made in Midlothian going and continuing to grow.

In June 2019, they launched a community group to deliver events that featured local art, crafts, music and literature.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, the group quickly put it’s focus on providing tailored online support, entertainment, and tutorials.
As its online community grew, so did their vision and mission.

Made in Midlothian is a social enterprise and all our profits go back into our community.

Our mission is to support, develop and showcase Midlothian creative talent while we strengthen our community through safe and inclusive activities.

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Renae Bell

Managing Director

Owner: Yellow Door Studio

I’m a community-driven, pottery mad Aussie, and a mother of four, who accidentally left her front door and found herself in Midlothian. After years of lifelong-learning pottery classes, I took the plunge and established Yellow Door Studio, a home pottery studio specialising in functional bespoke hand-thrown ceramics.

Since February 2019, I’ve been working with other local community groups and volunteers to shape events that are all about the creative arts and how it can benefit our community.

Shondra Riley

Managing Director

Owner: Complement Entertainment

I’m from Los Angeles and I have lived in Midlothian since 2012. I’m a mum, an event planner, a volunteer school librarian and I have an alter-ego called Miss Sugar Lady DJ.

I saw a post about Made in Midlothian on Facebook. I volunteered to DJ an event and was also given the opportunity to programme the music stage. The community feedback was so great, that our MiM Music Programme is funded in 2020 by the National Lottery Community Fund!

I am excited to see where MiM will go in the future. It’s a wonderful community initiative that I am proud to be part of.

My superpower: Bloody-mindedness!

Erin Whyte


Owner: Whyte Craft and Buzzy Bees Music

I’m a local girl from Gorebridge, a Mum to two kids and a part-time crafter at Whyte Craft. I am also the singer of musical duo soundLounge, a function band with an acoustic, lounge style.

When I spotted a post about Made in Midlothian, I trundled along to a meeting and I’ve since become MiM Secretary. I love being part of the Steering Group, planning exciting events for the creative arts in Midlothian.

With my background in music and working with children, I created Buzzy Bees Music, which I have run for 18 months and I love every minute of.

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