Next Glasgow speaker
He's taking us beyond streetart on Friday and he's the sign painter dude that works in THAT listed building on West Regent Street but who's the man behind the signs? Read on as we fire five quick questions at Ciaran Globel.
1. What springs to mind when you think of the word beyond? The word Beyond makes me think of the phrase “to go above & beyond…”, the idea that you could tick all the boxes on a job but you choose to put in that extra bit of time and effort to turn an acceptable outcome into an amazing one.
2. What have you got in ze pipes for 2017? I’m excited for summer 2017. Just started the planning of a group exhibition and drawing up some ideas for a few fun murals in-between commercial jobs. Also looking forward to my 2nd year of hosting a workshop at the Graphic Design Festival Scotland.
3. If you could sum up Glasgow in one word what would that be? Developing
4. How do you see the relationship between streetart and sign painting? The principles and practice of signpainting are almost identical to street art, the only difference is permission and monetary gain.
5. Lastly, chai or lassi? Black Coffee, no sugar
Tickets are still available for Ciaran's talk on Friday so grab them while they're hot.
Tell a love story with your denim on Friday as Glasgow based artist & illustrator Alice Dansey-Wright hand paints these exclusive designs onto your pre-loved denim for a suggested donation of £5 for Glasgow based award winning upcycling project
A couple of weeks in the making and a fair few more thereafter Pissed Modernism was a #creativityforgood bonanza.
In a landscape where freedom seems eroded by the very things we have grown to love and the voice of the individual perhaps growing fainter, Pissed Modernism was a 12 day extravaganza of visual art realness.
Unassuming yet bloody fierce the artists, designers, illustrators & makers in residence brought a smile, thought provoking moment and political empowering message to Patriothall Gallery.
When we first arrived we witnessed zine making in action, tourists who grasped the political message right away, boyfriends selling art for their girlfriends and a wall of beer bottles designed by local creative to raise awareness (and dosh) for Remade in Edinburgh - oh and don't even get us started on the Tories Tunnel of Hell.
We could all do with a little more political activism and real life bonding with our fellow humans so if it's takes a bit of Pissed Modernism to get it done our vote is in.
Photographer | Ciorstaidh Monk
Ahead of our April CreativeMornings Glasgow breakfast we catch up with artist & Illustrator Alice Dansey-Wright who’s designed two prints that you can have painted onto your denim on the day for Fashion Revolution. In exchange for a suggested donation of £5 in support of award winning Glasgow upcycling project Rags to Riches.
1. What comes to mind when you thought of beyond?
I took it to mean beyond the sky, beyond Earth: stars, space, galaxies and the unknown! This is reflected in the motifs that I’ve designed for the Fashion Revolution garments.
2. If you could sum up Glasgow in one word what would that be?
3. Tell us a little bit about your creative practise?
I took an 8 year break after graduating before returning to my creative practice. I did a fine art degree but realised that I really loved design and saw it as a way to turn my creativity in to a business, which I’ve done- slowly but surely since 2011.
4. What’s one tip you’d give to a new creative for going beyond any limits they’ve faced with their work?
I would say that when you feel like you’ve hit a wall or if you have a problem finishing a piece of work or a project there is usually always a creative solution to turn things around. It’s helpful to collaborate with another person generally but also to bring in friends, family and peers to offer ideas and solutions!
5. Lastly pakora or samosa?
Love both, but I’d say Samosa.
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For this month’s CreativeMornings Glasgow Beyond event the lovely peeps at TukTuk have fresh mango lassis awaiting us.
So keep your eyes peeled and sign up to our Beyond events to snap up your place.
A huge thank you to everyone who came to our March CreativeMornings events around the Taboo of mental health in creativity.
It was an open & honest discussion with many of us sharing our own personal experiences of mental health and the creative work we produce.
Hugh McCue of Theatre Nemo was an inspiring speaker who broadened all of our understandings on how creativity helps tackle this taboo.
We’ll be sharing more quotes from the event over on our Instagram page so be sure to follow us at @cm_glasgow.
Join us this month at The Whisky Bond on Friday 31st March as we present Taboo.
Taboos are a social glue that makes life liveable wherever we go.
We invent the reasonings that, over time, coalesce to create the societal fabric of norms, permissions, and prohibitions. Cutting the line at TSA or stealing from your neighbour is wrong, which makes a good status quo.
While many taboos keep the world spinning, there are many rusty ones that are delaying it from evolving. And although we’re hardwired to stand before the edge of taboo, there are others who have gone over it.
The theme was chosen by our Oslo chapter, was illustrated by David Stenmarck and is presented by our Global Partner MailChimp.
Don’t forget to visit our ‘Inbox of Forgotten E-mails’ for a window into the world of unsent messages, never reaching their intended audience, but still finding a reader.
From big & bad hair flips to working for VOGUE to surviving cancer, becoming a born again Christian and coming out (twice) our first CreativeMornings Glasgow speaker Tony Webster took us on a magical journey from Egypt to Glasgow which left us all inspired, emotional and above all feeling ruddy well creative.
We’ll be reliving the moment with Tony soon but for now here’s some of the highlights from his big & bad moments.
My first big moment, well my first moment that I remember is all of a blur, a black blur on a train, flashing lights through a tunnel and my own high pitched crying. My mum assures me I was about 6 months old at the time.
Fast forward to some other moments - a fake rangers kit in the hopes I would end up a star football player when in reality I was making dresses for my sisters barbies from my dads socks.
My first kiss was with a guy and a girl, and talk about confusing. coming out at 17, going back in at 18.
Becoming a born again Christian, moving to Los Angeles, living in an orphanage in Egypt, living in Bishkek for 3 years, finding out I had cancer, treatment in Germany, Colorado, Portland, Exeter and Belfast, coming to the realization that being gay wasn't my entire identity but a part of my identity, coming out for the SECOND time, being shunned by church, picking up a camera as a hobby, meeting a hot waiter in Beire Hall in Glasgow, moving back to Belfast, becoming parents to two little dogs, moving back to Glasgow and for the life of me this moment here where i offered to do this despite my fear of public speaking.
All of that is basically a long winded way to say; moments - a series of events, of memories, of experiences and emotions that shape who we are and where we go from here. And if you are anything like me I'm sure you ask your ask yourself frequently 'Where do I go from here?'
Another thing people talk about is the moment you know you've made it. For me, I had this goal to have a photo published on vogue.it because I thought that said something about quality as a photographer. Their submissions are reviewed by fashion editors and I thought was a great way to measure your skill. After a few submissions I noticed that one was accepted. A year goes by, another accepted. Months go by, and accepted, accepted, accepted. At this point I was thrilled to see that people I admire and peers were looking at my work an saying yes, worth of Vogue.it - The fashion bible. Then I started to get more and more jobs that were a little bit bigger and eventually I was flying out to new York to shoot a designer for fashion week or shooting music videos for famous drag queens in LA. I was really starting to gather steam and felt like I was on a roll.