Unique Souvenirs Show Scotland Can Make It!

Golden Tenement by Neil McGuire and Marianne Anderson with Carlton Casting Photo Gordon Burniston
The Golden Tenement Model by Neil McGuire and Marianne Anderson with Elizabeth Campbell and Hamish Dobbie

A keyring in the shape of a Glaswegian East End tenement and travel blankets are among a selection of unique Commonwealth souvenirs available to buy online.

Part of a project by Panel, the souvenirs celebrate design and manufacturing in contemporary Scotland, and are loosely inspired by (but not affiliated to) the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The designs were  manufactured entirely in Scotland, and there’s not a fridge magnet or tartan shortbread tin amongst them.

Blankets and Leather Holders by Atelier E.B and Marc Camille Chaimowicz with Begg Scotland and McRostie of Glasgow
Blankets and Leather Holders by Atelier E.B and Marc Camille Chaimowicz with Begg Scotland and McRostie of Glasgow
Tunnock’s Medals by Claire Duffy with Tunnock’s and Chesapeake Packaging
Tunnock’s Medals by Claire Duffy with Tunnock’s and Chesapeake Packaging
Common Wealth Jelly Mould with recipe teacloth by Katy West with Highland Stoneware and Rogano Oyster Bar
Common Wealth Jelly Mould with recipe teacloth by Katy West with Highland Stoneware and Rogano Oyster Bar

The six souvenirs include an Art Deco-inspired ceramic jelly mould with accompanying tea towel by ceramicist Katy West, a set of three lambswool travel blankets with leather carryholders by Atelier EB, a series of specially-packaged Tunnock’s Teacakes with ‘pop out’ packaging to be worn as gold, silver and bronze medals by designer Claire Duffy, a cast model and keyring in the shape of an East End Glasgow tenement by designer Neil McGuire and silversmith Marianne Anderson, an audio-visual iPhone app created by the FOUND Collective, and a pair of woven scarves, by weaver Angharad McLaren and graphic designer Emlyn Firth.

An exhibition showcasing all of the souvenirs will is open until Sunday 3 August in Glasgow’s South Block, open 10am-6pm, 50 – 68 Osborne Street, Glasgow G1 5QH. A public programme of events explore the story behind each souvenir and map out contemporary issues around design, making and manufacture in Scotland. There are three events still to go:

Home / Away introduced by Christopher Breward and Mairi MacKenzie
The Poetry Club, SWG3, 100 Eastvale Place, Glasgow | Thursday 31 July, 7-9pm
Exploring the influences of graphic designer Emlyn Firth and weave designer Angharad McLaren’s set of merino wool scarves, this public talk intends to look at traditional and contemporary sportswear in Scotland, from tweed to tracksuits.

Evening Swim with Atelier E.B.
Gourock Outdoor Swimming Pool, Albert Road, Gourock|Saturday 2 August | 7 – 10:30pm
Atelier EB and Marc Camille Chaimowicz invite you to Gourock for a unique evening swim in homage to their series of Scotland Can Make It! travel blankets. The swim, at Scotland’s premier open-air, heated, saltwater lido, will be accompanied by a musical playlist devised especially for the event by Beca Lipscombe and Lucy McKenzie.

Jelly Tasting and Talk with Ivan Day
50 – 68 Osborne Street, Glasgow|3 August | 4 – 6pm
Exploring the themes contained within Katy West’s souvenir ceramic jelly mould, renowned food historian Ivan Day will present a public talk, introduce a series of historic moulds and specially prepared moulded recipes to sample, such as jellies and flummery.

The Scotland Can Make It! collection can be bought at Glasgow School of Art Shop, Dundee Contemporary Arts shop, Begg Scotland retail outlet in Ayr, Comar, An Tobar shop in Tobermory, Mull and the Barony Centre, West Kilbride until winter 2014, and is available online at scotlandcanmakeit.com


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