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Finnieston Shopping

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Finnieston is fast becoming Glasgow’s new hotbed of independent shopping with two new shops just opened, both catering for lovers of handmade and quirky gifts.

The Shop of Interest opened doors a couple of weeks ago and is already doing great – why not pop in for a browse of their wares including products by GCM members Much Too Fun and Asking For Trouble? You’ll find them at 1058 Argyle Street, opposite the Hidden Lane.

Just around the corner at 231 Berkeley Street, you’ll find Made With Love, a cute new deli complete with teeny gift shop. You can get a cupcake, a great cup of coffee and some handmade gifts all the same place. Look out for items by GCM members Lucy Jackson Designs and Asking For Trouble.

And don’t forget, if you’re in the area, the Hidden Pop-Up Shop is open til Christmas in the Hidden Lane and features a whole host of Glasgow talent.

Happy shopping!

Let’s get making at The Life Craft

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

We’re getting quite excited by the range of classes on offer at The Life Craft especially as the ones for children. Here are two different classes that have caught our eye…

Mafia member Lucy from LucyJacksonDesigns will be on hand on the 7th, 14th and 28th of  November to show you how to design and make you own badges or bracelets. Pop along at 2pm on any of those dates and for £3 (materials supplied) you can either make something for yourself or as a Christmas present.

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If your children are interested in learning new crafty skills or improving them then Iona from Iheart… has an exciting 6 week course for them at The Life Craft. Starting this Friday at 4pm and running for 6 weeks she will guide them through the disciplines of sewing, knitting and cross stitch with a lot of fun thrown in.

Sadly this series of classes is strictly for children but I’m sure you’ll benefit from their makes too when they bring them home.

For more information please look at http://www.thelifecraft.co.uk/blog/ or why not pop in and have a chat with Vonnie and the team.

New Crafty Shops in Edinburgh

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

shoppe window

Not one, but two great new shops open their doors in Edinburgh this Saturday. Both shops will be selling work by GCM members and we hope you’ll pay them a visit.

Long time friend of the Mafia and one time member Hannah Zakari is expanding her successful online boutique into a real life shop. Situated in Candlemaker Row, the new shop will stock all your favourite indie designers from the UK and beyond. Pop in on opening day for tea and biscuits, and the chance to collaborate with Dazed Dorothy and Eclectic Shock on some unique jewellery and accessories.

Hannah Zakari, 43 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QB

Over on Bread Street, The Spider and The Fly is a pop-up gallery space, filled with original art work and prints and a quirky boutique stuffed to the brim with handmade treasures from the best indie designers around. Join them from 12pm for live music by Julia’s Daughters, wine, cake and the chance to make a fox face mask with Kirsty Anderson of Wooden Tree.

The Spider and The Fly, 65 Bread Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9HA

Romeo and Juliet

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Scottish Ballet

The curtain lifts on a dimly lit stage. Motionless figures are silhouetted against an illuminated backdrop, showing a street scene in Rome, overlaid with flickering images of Rome’s post-war landscape and people.  Welcome to Scottish Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet, a production as far away from tutus and romantic frippery as it’s possible to get.  Choreographed especially for Scottish Ballet, the only thing recognisable from traditional productions is the fantastic Prokofiev score played with joyous precision by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

In this modern retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story, the Capulets are a strutting, fascistic black-shirted force, the Montagues, left-wing agitators. The action spans three different time periods – the 1930s, 50s and 90s – underpinning the universality of the message, that in every time people find themselves torn between love and loyalty, old feuds and the unrealised possibility of reconciliation.

Throughout the taut first act, the story unfolds with scenes of high drama punctuated by points of exquisite stillness.  In one spine-tingling moment, the entire cast drops to the floor as one to reveal the lone figure of Juliet at the back – it’s our first glimpse of her, and utterly mesmerising.  Dressed in a short, gossamer-light dress emphasising the youth and innocence of her character, Sophie Martin brings out the vulnerability of Juliet, and transposes it into strength by the end of the ballet.

The familiar strains of the Montagues and Capulets theme (you know, this one ) is matched with strong, angular movements, macho leaps and posturing, expressing the power and intent of these warring families.  This contrasts with the delicacy of the pas de deux between Romeo and Juliet, the most astonishingly intimate of which is the bedroom scene at the start of act III.

Scottish Ballet

The ballet doesn’t sugar the pill of the tragedy of death, from harrowing real-life scenes on the screen to the stage deaths of Mercurio, Tybalt and, eventually, Romeo and Juliet themselves. Romeo’s pain is palpable as he returns to Juliet’s lifeless body again and again, lifts and carries her before placing her back on the bed and killing himself. When she stirs, half-pinned by Romeo’s prone form, it’s heartbreaking as she discovers her lover dead and takes her own life.  There’s no light relief from the emotional intensity; the grieving families leave the stage, unreconciled, and the curtain drops.

There’s still time to catch this terrific show! It plays in Glasgow until April 24th, then goes to Aberdeen, Inverness and Belfast.

www.scottishballet.co.uk

Made In The Shade Springtime Jamboree – Glasgow

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Made in the Shade returns to the galleries of the The Lighthouse building in Glasgow to host a series of four vintage-inspired neo-craft and design showcases this year. The Lighthouse, now reinvented as The National Architecture Centre continues to play host to large scale creative events and exhibitions and the vintage-styled showcase makes its comeback next month.

The first of the seasonal boutique shopping events, The Made In The Shade Springtime Jamboree, takes place on Saturday 17th April between 10.30am and 5pm and will showcase the work of over 30 local designer makers and creative businesses in a bid to draw attention to creative enterprise in Scotland and celebrate the DIY approach taken by small businesses and tiny traders in Glasgow.

Mafia members Art by Neil Slorance, Dazed Dorothy, Ding Dong Designs, Florence Box Jewellery, Love Me Again, Stella My Star, t-boo and We Are The Robots join the huge range of talented folks. See the full line up here

Customers can take part in public crafting project, The Bunting Bonanza or spend some time with the Made In The Shade stylist in the Not Now Cato! Vintage Dressing Room. There will even be a DIY vintage-style photo booth set up for visitors to capture a snap of their day out! Very special goody bags containing handmade treats from designer makers, miniature art and other special gifts will be presented to early birds. Entry is free!

Made In The Shade