Today we have a guest post on the blog, written by Magda Bennett from Crush Digital. She got in touch after reading the blog as she deals with local artists and designers. As you will all know, I love shopping local so I’m excited to share the piece with you.
Glasgow has been known as a creative and cultural city for many years, with lots of musicians, actors and artists hailing from the city. Today, Glasgow is home to many talented designers who take inspiration from the city and the surrounding Scottish landscape; here are a few of the best Glasgow designers to look out for.
Jill Kirkham Textiles
Specialising in bespoke screenprinted textiles for the home, Jill Kirkham’s designs are inspired by the iconic buildings, landmarks and natural environments which represent Glasgow’s industrial heritage. The prints include iconic urban and industrial symbols like the Anniesland Gasworks, the Caledonian Railway Bridge and the Gallowgate Twins tower block. The fabrics Jill Kirkham uses to create her cushions, lampshades and other designs also reflect Glasgow’s heritage; she uses functional materials with an industrial aesthetic like cotton drill, canvas and linen.
Gillian Kyle is a Glasgow native who, after graduating from Glasgow School of Art, took her passion for illustration and print and turned it into a business. Gillian Kyle has quickly become one of Scotland’s most popular young designers, and has gone from screenprinting on her kitchen table to selling her designs worldwide. Inspired by Scottish humour, eccentricities of national pride and popular culture, Gillian’s quirky illustrations are instantly recognisable. As well as her iconic Tunnock’s Teacakes and Caramel Wafer range, Gillian Kyle also creates mugs, tea towels, aprons, tote bags and more which celebrate Scottish childhood nostalgia and famous Scots like Charles Rennie Macintosh.
Based just outside Glasgow at Bardowie Loch, Nikky d’Aguilar’s designs are heavily influenced by the beauty of nature in the wild garden which surrounds Nikky’s studio. Her designs are created on canvas using oil paints and brushes to create vivid colours and striking designs; these are then printed on to a range of tote bags, makeup bags, scarves and even iPad covers. The gorgeous floral prints capture the vibrancy of the Scottish landscape after a summer rain shower.
Glasgow jewellery designer Katherine Agnew often takes inspiration for her designs from the varied landscape of the Scottish Highlands. She gives her jewellery a modern twist with geometric shapes, 3D structures and a mixture of precious metals and gemstones. Katherine Agnew’s designs are based on the repetition of intricate patterns found in the natural environment; her Clover range takes the recognisable shape of this well-known plant and modernises it to create striking pieces of jewellery.
All of Amy McGregor’s designs are screenprinted by hand in her studio in Bridge of Weir to create bespoke printed homeware and fashion accessories. Amy has a passion for creating unique textiles and her work focuses on distinctive textures and contemporary geometric and floral designs. With everything from prints to cushions and scarves to tote bags, Amy McGregor’s products are all handmade in Glasgow using the best quality materials sourced from throughout the UK.
Innovivid Art House
Originally from Canada, Innovivid Art House’s founder Kimmy is a “Scotland-loving-Glasgow-living” freelance graphic designer. Her love of Scotland and digital design has come together in Innovivid’s range of bright pop art style prints. The fun prints which feature everyday objects and Scottish icons with a new twist – like neon Highland cows, stags, thistles or red squirrels! – are perfect for brightening up any home. Innovivid Art House also offer personalised prints so you can have your own photos turned into pop art prints.
Who are your favourite Glasgow designers?
Laura: My personal favourites are the stag print from Innovivid and Gillian Kyle’s ‘big fish’ range. Happy shopping!