Hole in my Pocket

Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Announcement    "Allistair Burt is an architect/ artist/ designer based in Glasgow who works on a range of different projects, from painting, film and sculpture to building Victorian Storytelling Machines and accidentally forming his own 'religion'."


Last updated on Jun 30, 2021

"Allistair Burt is an architect/ artist/ designer based in Glasgow who works on a range of different projects, from painting, film and sculpture to building Victorian Storytelling Machines and accidentally forming his own 'religion'."



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About holeinmypocket

Sales 2,493
On Etsy since 2010

Living a double life

"Hole in my Pocket create work with a lopsided and utterly uncynical charm that makes delighted children out of the most serious of grown-ups." The List

Hole in my Pocket is the practice name of architect and artist Allistair J Burt. As Hole in my Pocket Allistair has worked on a vast range of projects from major exhibitions, illustration, short films, storytelling machines and travelling around Scotland with an air-hostess trolley. In the last couple of years he has started to develop products for retail featuring his illustrations and sense of humour.

"When I first graduated and started working as an Architect I discovered that while it was a fascinating and demanding profession it quite often lacked a proper creative input and the process could be so slow that it could be years for a design to make it from the page to the construction site.

I decided that I needed a creative outlet and formed 'Hole in my Pocket' with the intention of entering design competition. We were delighted to win the first one that we entered (judged by a bit of a hero of mine Cedric Price) and used the prize money to fund a series of art projects/ experiments. For example hiding money in library books, organising a city wide treasure hunt, creating the Small World Experiment and holding an art exhibition of my work."

From there I have been fortunate to always be getting involved in really interesting, unusual and unique art projects and commissions and to be invited to exhibit my work around in various art festivals/ shows.

It was during one of these art shows that I made a limited run of prints and cards, to accompany my commissioned exhibition on 'belief and belonging' to accompany the Glasgow International Festival. This quickly sold out and I started to have the idea that instead of converting my art work into cards etc I should actually designs which were made to be cards/ prints in the first place.

Thankfully people seem to really enjoy my sense of humour and I'm now in a lovely position of having my work stocked in some of my favourite wee stores around the country.

In the summer of 2016 I hung up my Architect's hat to work full time on drawing pictures to make people smile.

Shop members

  • Allistair Burt

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    Allistair Burt is an Architect practising in Glasgow who also works, under the title of Hole in my Pocket, in a variety of other creative mediums including film, illustration and sculpture.

Production partners

  • Badge maker

    England, United Kingdom

    A small badge manufacturer with an amazing eye for detail who are always up for a challege.

  • Digital press

    Scotland, United Kingdom

    Digital printer who are experts in colour processing and paper stock. A really lovely team who go out of their way to help.

  • Screen printer

    England, United Kingdom

    A family run businees with experts in dual colour edge to edge print.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 10, 2020
NOTE: (We are only currently shipping Mon, Wed & Fri through the Pandemic - please see Delivery policies below.)

Allistair Burt works under the practice name Hole in my Pocket and has worked in the realms of art and architecture since late 2002.

Allistair Burt is an architect/ artist/ designer based in Glasgow who works on a range of different projects, from painting, film and sculpture to building Victorian Storytelling Machines. To find out more about his work then please visit www.holeinmypocket.com

All prints are produced in Glasgow working with a brilliant Print Studio and are high quality artist prints using the best giclee ink on high quality 225gsm archival paper. The paper is really nice and is the kind you will want to rub between your fingers and go "Oooh, that feels nice".

Small prints will be shipped flat in card backed envelopes. Large prints will be wrapped in tissue paper and shipped rolled in cardboard tubes.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
Any problems with the items when they arrive just get in touch and I'll try and sort.
Payment by Paypal, credit/ debit card and must be completed at time of order.
Shipping to UK and International.

If you would like to add a tracked or signed option to your cards then please choose to upgrade shipping at checkout.

SHIPPING (We are only currently shipping Mon, Wed & Fri through the Pandemic.)
We will do our best to process and ship orders within 24hours.

Estimated delivery of 1-3 working days (Second class postage)

EU + Europe
Estimated Delivery of 3-5 working days.

Rest of World
Estimated Delivery of 10-15 working days. (Although they do usually arrive sooner than this)

*REMEMBER items are all being posted from the UK second class so take that into account when ordering to other countries. Recommended last posting days prior to Christmas and a guide for how long they will take can be found here.



Please note that if an item does not arrive or has gone missing you will have to wait a specific number of days before you're item is officially deemed as lost by our courier (Royal Mail) before we can offer you a full refund. See below

UK 1ST CLASS - 10 days after due delivery
UK SIGNED - 10 days after due delivery
here is the link to Royal Mail website;

EU - 20 days after due delivery
REST OF WORLD - 25 days after due delivery

Here is the link to Royal Mail website regarding lost items


Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
Additional policies and FAQs
It is possible to produce custom orders of some items, just send me a message with your idea and we can have a chat.

Some items are available wholesale, again please send me a message and we can work it out.

All work © of Allistair Burt and Hole in my Pocket

More information

Last updated on Dec 6, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Wholesale availability

We are happy to offer a wide selection of our products as wholesale. Drop us an email to wholesale@holeinmypocket.com with some information about your shop and we will send you a link to the wholesale site.