We are the cham­pi­ons

Sunday Herald Life - - Design Feature - BY EVA ARRIGHI

GLAS­GOW’S de­sign scene is flour­ish­ing and a Merchant City space is trans­formed into a fu­tur­is­tic re­tail show­room to show off de­sign­ers; in­no­va­tive wares. Made In Glas­gow by Lo­cal He­roes is the aptly ti­tled show­case of high-qual­ity de­sign cre­ated to co­in­cide with the host­ing of the Ber­lin/Glas­gow 2018 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships and unites a se­lec­tion of the city’s lead­ing de­sign­ers in a bold ex­hi­bi­tion.

Show­cas­ing more than 30 prod­ucts, in­clud­ing 12 ex­clu­sive com­mis­sions, the events cel­e­brates de­signs that are em­blem­atic of Glas­gow’s creative en­ergy. Special com­mis­sions in­clude the Glas­gow Rain­coat by Love and Squalor x Alice Dansey-Wright, a Banana Bum­bag from Trakke and a pair of Merino blan­ket scarves by Green Thomas in ex­clu­sive LO­CAL and HERO colour­ways.

The events is part of the cul­tural pro­gramme run­ning along­side cham­pi­onships and builds upon the suc­cess of the 2016 in­ter­na­tional de­sign ex­hi­bi­tion Lo­cal He­roes at Ed­in­burgh Air­port cu­rated by Dr Stacey Hunter. Hunter com­ments: “Glas­gow is where the ma­jor­ity of Scot­land’s flour­ish­ing in­de­pen­dent de­sign com­mu­nity is based. Our events of­fer a unique op­por­tu­nity for tourists and res­i­dents to ap­pre­ci­ate and pur­chase sou­venirs that cel­e­brate Glas­gow’s con­tem­po­rary de­sign land­scape.”

Clive Gill­man, di­rec­tor of creative in­dus­tries at Creative Scot­land, says: “Made In Glas­gow by Lo­cal He­roes gives vis­i­tors and lo­cals to see that be­yond the ho­moge­nous high street lies a wealth of lo­cal bril­liance. Glas­gow is a city with a rich iden­tity of cre­ativ­ity, bold­ness and en­ergy.

“Walk through a space be­tween houses and you’ll find a yard with a roller shut­ter, a block­work wall and tin roof within which a jew­eller, a printer, or a fash­ion de­signer is mak­ing the thing that will ex­press the fu­ture style and creative edge of this great city. We’re re­ally ex­cited to be sup­port­ing this de­sign show­case in cel­e­bra­tion of Glas­gow’s host­ing of the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.”

Made In Glas­gow by Lo­cal He­roes was made pos­si­ble with fund­ing from Creative Scot­land and Glas­gow City Coun­cil. It runs un­til Au­gust 12.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.lo­cal­heroes.de­sign

Lynne MacLach­lan’s Gego Sphere ring, State­ment ban­gle and He­lio fan ear­rings are con­structed us­ing hand-dyed 3D printed ny­lon mesh in a range of elec­tric colour pal­ettes. Tets­ing the lim­its of ma­te­ri­als and tech­niques, she pro­duces light­weight...

Made in Glas­gow by Lo­cal He­roes is be­ing staged in the heart of the Merchant City

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