GSA Shop pop's up in Princes Square
GSA students and alumni benefit from pop up shop in Princes Square this Christmas
- The Glasgow School of Art’s pop up design shop is located on level 1 of Princes Square. It will be open until 23 December 2018
The GSA Shop is an important outlet for work by students, staff and alumni giving them a platform for their designs and helping them as they build creative businesses in Glasgow. The shop in the Reid Building continues to be closed following the fire in the Mack, but with support from Princes Square the designers are now able to benefit from a pop up shop this Christmas.
Birds mobile (£28), piper tea towel (£3.50), birds clock (£32), decorations (£12) by Ellie at East End Press.
Designer Ellie Hodesdon set up her business, East End Press, three years ago after graduating from The Glasgow School of Art. She works with crafts people all over the world to create beautifully made, colourful objects for the home, and the GSA Shop has been a vital outlet for her products.
“Glasgow is an incredibly creative city so when I graduated from The Glasgow School of Art I wanted to stay here and set up my own business,” says Ellie. “Since setting up East End Press the GSA Shop has been a really important outlet for my products.”
“Like all designers who benefit from the GSA Shop to showcase for their work I’m very grateful to Princes Square for their support in this important Christmas trading period,” she adds.
Katie Moody from Princes Square said: “Princes Square is well known for high quality design, fashion and lifestyle retailers so we’re are delighted to welcome the next generation of designers and creative talent. Princes Square is a must visit at all times of the year but at Christmas it becomes particularly special and the Glasgow School of Art students will add to that.”
The Glasgow School of Art Shop has also been working with students and departments to support professional practice and enterprise activity. Since 2015 Year 4 Product Design Engineering students have created limited edition designs for sale in the shop at Christmas. The products have ranged from concrete planters and bowls made from elemental Bismuth to a beautifully crafted scale model of the Finnieston Crane and a chess set using different woods for each of the pieces. This year 28 students are working on designs which will be unveiled next month.
“The challenge that we set the young designers is to create designs which enable them to experiment with materials and innovative manufacturing techniques whilst making products with commercial appeal,” says tutor Hugh Pizey. “This is an important part of their development making sure that they fully understand the markets for which they are creating their designs.”
New designs featured in the pop up shop include luxury knitwear from local label Green Thomas, fun gifts featuring artwork by David Shrigley, bold riso-printed calendars and accessories by Gabriella Marcella of Risotto Studio, characterful homeware by Louise Lockhart of The Printed Peanut and fine jewellery by Gemma Sangster of Darte and Hannah Grace Ryan.
Finnieston Crane by Christian Pomeroy (£25.00) & Roa bowl by Cerys Murray-Scott (£60.00). Booze hip flask (£28.00) and tea coaster (£3.50) by David Shrigley. Green Thomas Knitwear (£90 - £125).
Cocktail cabinet tea towel (£12.50), and garden mug (£14.50) by Louise Lockhart at The Printed Peanut.
2019 riso-print calendar (£20) and eyes tote (£15) by Gabriella Marcella at Risotto Studio.
Silver triangle hoops and kite pendant by Gemma Sangster at Darte Jewellery (pendant £92 & earrings £49)
Gaea pendant and minerva stud earrings in gold by Hannah Grace Ryan (£156 & £102).
The Glasgow School of Art Shop is also online, showcasing the output students, staff and alumni to a worldwide audience.
Shop online: www.gsashop.co.uk
Pop up opening hours:
Monday – Friday 10am – 7pm
Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm