Yesterday I launched a collection of my wares in the new Scottish Design Exchange, Glasgow.
Located in the heart of the city centre within busy Buchanan Galleries (facing you when you exit the car park into the mall, and just along from John Lewis), the shop is testament to everything that is great about Scottish design.
I feel honoured to be part of it this not-for-profit social enterprise that supports and nurtures local designers, especially as we inch ever-closer to Christmas and the demands of keeping up pace and presence to catch the attention of shoppers.
My range is displayed on the wall towards the back of the shop (an inch to the left from the mannequin in the middle in the image at the top!), and totally visible from one of the main doors.
YOU WILL FIND:
Limited Edition Risograph prints (numbered/signed), Glasgow Triptychs of The Lane, The Crest and The Crane, my exclusive 100% silk scarf collection, Paisley in Pattern 2019 calendars, mounted A4 and 8x6 prints featuring my take on the Glasgow Crest/Coat of Arms + Pattern-Bombed Photo prints of iconic scenes around the city, and a small selection of postcards.
Stepping back to take in my display once I’d finished tweaking and changing things around, I had to pinch myself as it is still feels hard to believe I have a range of art and accessories, all designed and made by me, on display in such a central and significant retail environment.
It feels incredible and I’m so grateful to every customer who has bought work from me and shared it with their friends and family, as gifts, or just by displaying it in their homes.
But I couldn’t have done it alone.
My long-suffering husband who having escaped becoming an Instagram Husband has gradually morphed into my Business Partner/IT Manager/Confidante/Handy-Man extraordinaire, and has been instrumental in my success.
When I asked him to reconfigure a vintage record player for me to use in my display he agreed without complaint, and then proceeded to spend 4 hours making it right, even crafting new wooden knobs for the front. That was after half an hour searching the loft for the missing legs…
And when I needed help hanging up my shelves, he was there, by my side. Even the typewriter above was bought as a spare for parts to make sure my actual typewriter works <3
I mean he did accidentally bar-code some Lion Christmas cards as Penguins, but it’s an easy mistake to make when you’re thrust into the public eye against your will, isn’t it?
Even my 9-month-old son has played his part, because ever since I found out I was pregnant, he has been a good-luck charm in everything I have done. Cheesy, but true - pregnancy was amazing for my creativity!
So - a big week of preparation and planning for us, and maybe it sounds a bit soppy to mention my husband and my son; to mix my business persona with my wife and mother self, but I believe in working from the heart and I know I couldn’t have done it without them both.
Check out my work and that of all the other amazing designer-makers on display at the Scottish Design Exchange, Glasgow. (There is also an Edinburgh store, based at Ocean Terminal.)
If there is something in my oeuvre that you would like/have seen that is not in stock, or that you can imagine that isn’t currently available, let me know and I’ll make it happen, if I can.
Scottish Design Exchange, 2nd Floor (near John Lewis), Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow