Scotland's Design Language is the first article in a regular column on design in The Skinny.
September 2017 marked the beginning of an exciting journey for Scottish Design and my creative enterprise Local Heroes. What is Scotland's ‘design language’? Together with The Skinny I'll attempt to answer this question by embarking on a tour of design and its contribution to Scottish culture.
My article for Craft Scotland explores the outstanding collection of Scottish design presented at this year's London Design Fair.
In it I describe the work of 17 designers and makers from around Scotland. Each designer was selected to be part of the showcase by an expert panel and the result was a highly collectable, conceptually rich snapshot of contemporary design that pushed the boundaries of craft, its materials and its narratives.
In August 2017, V&A Dundee announced me as one of their Design Champions saying
"We’re proud to welcome Stacey to V&A Dundee’s Design Champions, in recognition of her passion for championing Scottish design around the world – and how she’s creating opportunities for designers to work on new commissions, in meaningful and more radical ways."
To find out more, please visit the V&A Dundee website.
To celebrate their new project The Galvanizers, arts hub SWG3 invited my creative enterprise Local Heroes to develop a dynamic and progressive design project at 100 Eastvale Place in Glasgow’s west end.
I commissioned design duo SLAPS (Giulia Fiorista and Ed White) to respond to designing for open spaces in the Scottish climate with exciting, unique and expressive propositions.
The Glasgow-Rella and Calm-Tree were unveiled on June 30th 2017 at the launch of Hypermarket.
A major design exhibition at Edinburgh Airport, 1—31 August 2016. I initiated and developed the project for Scotland's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.
The exhibition featured exciting new commissions which explored the notion of the souvenir and the theme of travel. Installed at Edinburgh Airport during the largest cultural festival in the world — The Edinburgh Festival — Local Heroes was accessible to a predicted 1.2 million passengers spanning 120 international destinations.
My postdoctoral fellowship research title was 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Gentrification: Crafting an Effective Agenda for Public Officials'. IASH at the University of Edinburgh is a unique institution founded in 1969 to promote creative and interdisciplinary thinking across the humanities and social sciences.
Score Tae The Toor is a book and CD publication release inspired by the Concrete Antenna sound installation at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop created by Simon Kirby, Tommy Perman and Rob St John. I was one of seven writers asked to write pieces inspired by the tower and the installation, with pieces covering architecture, memory, archives, urban ecology and public art.
The City Link Symposium: a celebration of cities and the people and activity that shape them. Programme director, 2015.
October 2014 — 2016 The New Metropolitan - I co-founded a web-magazine about new cultures of urban citizenship. Working with a network of researchers I commissioned content, design and events. Our first event Amsterdam, Street Art & Gentrification with Christoph Lindner considered some of the unexpected ways in which artistic attempts to foster hospitality and belonging at a community level can produce new, subtle forms of exclusion and false intimacy. Join the conversation here | Tweet us @new_met | The Facebook page is here.
From 17 May - 3 June 2007, the six cities of Scotland - Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Stirling - hosted the country’s first nationwide international design festival (Programme Manager). Play the showreel. Photo: Living In Motion at City Art Centre, Edinburgh
Airworld at Tramway. An exhibition by Vitra Design Museum installed in Glasgow as part of the Six Cities Design Festival 2007 (Programme Manager)
An exhibition of innovative Norwegian design for extreme weather conditions. Presented by the Six Cities Design Festival (Programme Manager) at Aberdeen Art Gallery; supported by Norsk Form & the Norwegian Design Council, the Scottish Executive and The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Architecture, Design and the City.
I organised service production for fashion magazine Mr Porter for a shoot featuring John Byrne. Crew assembled by Location Scotland.
I project managed the service production for a three-day shoot in various locations in Scotland.
I styled this photoshoot for Edinburgh based designer Namon Gaston. Photo by Stuart McClay.
I reviewed The Language of Towns and Cities for international architecture magazine ICON. Read the article here.