Times are challenging for everyone right now but for last year’s design & applied arts graduates, the ‘real world’ has been particularly tough. Helen Voce catches up with three of the graduates she profiled last summer in DES, to see how their worlds are shaping up.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Ica Headlam makes things happen. A social worker living in Aberdeen, he champions creativity. The man behind Creative-Me-Podcasts, last autumn Ica launched We Are Here Scotland, to raise funds to support BIPOC creatives.
Leonie Bell is V&A Dundee’s new director. Here she discusses her role, the vital importance of design in the age of a pandemic & her delight in the clothes of Mary Quant & Jean Muir. Winter 2020Read on
Christina Gaiger was recently appointed the youngest president, to date of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. Here she talks to fellow architect Andy Summers about her career path, cycling routes & activism in architecture. Winter 2020Read on
Contemporary horology is flourishing . . Scotland’s watchmakers Paulin, Instrmnt & anOrdain are making sure that time still moves, beautifully. Watch enthusiast James Hall celebrates the tick & the tock. Winter 2020
Jack Brindley opened Pavilion Pavilion last year in Glasgow. Both a studio for his own practice & a gallery, where the territory between contemporary art & objects of use is explored. Summer 2020Read on
‘Our fingertips contain a density of nerve endings and their differentiation is almost comparable to our eyes . . ’
educator & artist Stuart Bennett explores touch in our new touch-adverse era. Summer 2020
The author of Design in Postnormal Times & recent speaker in DES’s Design for our Times, Alice Twemlow confronts trash, future fossils, digital detritus. Here she explores both deep time & the deep future & celebrates the work of the Scottish Enlightenment geologist, James Hutton. Spring 2020Read on
Episode Four – Bute Fabrics, its history and very contemporary collaborations with artists & designers including most recently, Ilana Halperin. Helen Voce reports from the island set in the Firth of ClydeRead on
Kate Morgan writes about the process and practice of chair caning, and how this newly-learnt skill is offering sound, rhythm and vision within a quiet, lockdown Glasgow interior. Spring 2020
Designers Formafantasma explore materials, their origins, use and impact. In their 2020 exhibition Cambio at the Serpentine Galleries in London, they examined the life and after-life of trees. Here they discuss design & ecology. Summer 2020Read on
Thanks to support from Outset Contemporary Art Fund through their Outset Transformative Grant, Inverleith House, which sits at the heart of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, is to be transformed in to Climate House. Here Emma Nicolson, head of Creative Programmes at RBGE tells us more. Autumn 2020
Episode One – The life & times of the Sanquhar Glove. Helen Voce’s first dispatch in a series that explores place and making from around Scotland.Read on
Architect Jude Barber discusses thinking afresh & motivation, recalling a 2014 project with author Louise Welsh entitled Empire Cafe. A founding member of Collective Architecture, Jude recently ran as a candidate to become president of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Summer 2020Read on
For her final dispatch on place & making, Helen Voce has travelled online to view this year’s degree shows across Scotland to report on contemporary responses to the local. Summer 2020.
Episode 5 In her latest dispatch looking at place & making, Helen Voce heads to the Outer Hebrides to explore the history & the success of Harris TweedRead on
Helena Britt celebrates the printed textiles of 1980s Glasgow School of Art graduate, Fraser Taylor and the formation of The Cloth, a brilliantly vibrant design studio. Summer 2020Read on
Episode Three – The Grimsay Boat, its making & its history. Helen Voce heads to the Western Isles in her latest dispatch on boat-buildingRead on
Alice Jacobs set up Flux, a laser & CNC workshop in Glasgow in 2012. Here she talks expanding her business, her new premises Land Rovers & music. Spring 2020Read on
Episode Two – The Orkney Chair, its history & its making. Helen Voce, in her second dispatch exploring place and making from around Scotland, talks to Kevin Gauld, the celebrated chair-maker.Read on