As a creative design and manufacturing company Black Rose Designs offers a complete in-house service; from design and concept development through to manufacture and the finished product.
We love to recreate traditional engraving and etching using modern advanced precision machines, design software and modern and natural materials to create unique designs and products and one-off commission pieces.
Working in our studio workshop, on top of the highest hill in Fife, we can walk you through the entire design process starting by creating your ideas on screen. We then show you the manufacturing and work area of the studio where we encourage the client to be a part of the 'live sample' process. At the end of the process you will have your very own unique piece of engineered art -all without having left the building!
We partner with some of the most talented craftsmen and artists around use all locally sourced materials. We can create virtually anything, you, the client wants. Any pieces you find on our website be can be re-created, customised, and mixed and matched to any combination you desire, as well as personalised with important dates, names, images or logos.
Please do come and visit our studio, just give us a call on 07511335618 to arrange an appointment. You are very welcome to bring your own pieces and materials, and, of course your own designs and idea’s.
Black Rose Designs is the creation of Keith Gorman, who in 2008 gave up a successful career as a Civil Engineer to become an engineered artist, after a chance meeting with a tattooed New Yorker in a bar in Edinburgh.
Keith had worked all over the world as a Civil Engineer building roads, bridges and tunnels but had always been fascinated by the design aspects of his work and the fast evolution of technology and its uses within other arenas. He was looking at ways to use some of his new ideas when he happened to meet a man at a Rock Night who told him how he had been a tattoo artist but was now a lazer machine artist in Manhattan. This was when Keith saw the future.
He went home and spent months researching machines and costs and eventually bought a machine from China (in between moving to Fife and having a baby girl). Unfortunately, the machine arrived with unreadable instructions so Keith put his engineering mind to good use and built the machine from scratch, which now means he has probably the best knowledge of these machines of anyone in the country.
Another chance meeting in his local pub led to his first commission for the National Trust for Scotland and the rest is history. Since then Keith has refined his techniques and created some amazing pieces from wedding settings for the Duchess of Roxburgh to Sign Posts for the Fife Coastal Path, glasses for the Balmoral Estate Beaters Bar to etchings of William Wallace to celebrate the Battle of Bannockburn.
The sky really is the limit and Keith loves nothing more than experimenting with the machine and seeing what he can come up with next.