Meet the Makers - Designers of Glasgow’s Games
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Meet the Makers - Designers of Glasgow’s Games

13/07/2015
Celebrating one year on from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Riverside Museum will host a day of presentations by the creative talents behind the ‘Best Games Ever’.

‘Meet the Makers’ offers a unique opportunity to meet the leading designers of silversmithing, textiles, graphics and cabinetmaking whose distinctive work made such a massive impact throughout those 11 epic days of sport and celebration. Discover their early work, hear about their journey to the Games, and get the inside story.

The free event takes place on Friday 24th July and complements the current display ‘Blood, Sweat and Gears’,  which includes the iconic Queen’s Baton, the distinctive wooden Glasgow 2014 winners’ podium made by Paul Hodgkiss and a complete set of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals designed by Jonathan Boyd, alongside one of Kerry Nixon’s stunning Medal Bearers’ dresses.

The Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “A year on from celebrating the best Games ever, the Riverside Museum will play host to some of the best creative talent who helped make it happen. Through a series of free talks and events, everyone can learn about the passion and skills that went into creating everything from the fantastic medals to the costumes worn by Team Scotland.”

Throughout the day each of the seven artists and designers, whose creative vision brought a distinctly Scottish aesthetic to Glasgow 2014, will present their designs, talk about their inspiration and discuss the processes employed in making the world-famous Commonwealth Games design icons. 

Jonathan Boyd’s coveted Glasgow 2014 Medals adorned the necks of the world’s top athletes and sports people.  The Glasgow School of Art Lecturer, silversmith and designer will talk about how he used digital technologies as well as hand-crafted skills and traditional metalworking techniques to create the 1,385 medals that were awarded during the Games.

Jilli Blackwood, designer of Team Scotland’s parade costume for the Opening Ceremony and costumes for Delhi 2010 Flag Handover, will discuss how her statement designs brought a contemporary aesthetic to traditional use of tartan.

4c Design, the team that designed the Queen’s Baton, will describe how they married cutting edge techniques with traditional craftsmanship and used titanium, wood and granite to create the Baton, which visited all 70 competing nations and territories in the lead up to the Games.

Designer and Maker Paul Hodgkiss’ signature style was showcased on the world stage when he and his team were chosen to supply the 96 wooden hand-crafted Medal Podiums and Medal Trays used during the 261 medal ceremonies. Paul Hodgkiss Designs also produced each of the wooden Quaichs distributed to winning athletes. 

At ‘Meet the Makers’ Paul will tell the story behind his Games experience. He said:  “For me, the incredible production process, the hours and hours of physical graft, the sweat of 17 men at full speed, and the patience of 7 people in the smaller details, will be an enduring memory of what was one of the maddest and most brilliant years of my career.”

The legacy of the Games now benefits many people in a very wide range of ways. At ‘Meet the Makers’ the Games designers will explain what it means to them to have their work presented to the world.

Renowned Scots designer Kerry Nixon, the Stylist and Designer of the Medal Ceremony costumes for male and female Medal Bearers, will discuss her vibrant designs for the outfits using the official Game’s tartan. Kerry said: “It was a huge honour for me to be involved in the Games in my hometown of Glasgow and an experience I'll treasure forever. To see the city perform so well, to an audience of millions around the world, made me proud beyond belief.”

Throughout the day there will also be the opportunity to hear from ISO Design, who masterminded the design of the Opening Ceremony screen graphics and Tangent Graphic, the lead creative agency for Glasgow 2014’s brand identity.

Also on display will be a stunning Glasgow 2014 papercut artwork made by Christine J Thomson, a larger-than-life inflatable Clyde mascot and other memorabilia, including Ariane Fortin’s boxing gloves from the final and a Robbie Renwick signed gym shoe from the Sport Your Trainers campaign.

‘Meet the Makers’ takes place on Friday 24 July 2015.

Presentations start on the hour from 10am to 1pm, then 2pm to 5.45pm. Come along to just one or two or stay for the whole day.
 
Places for this FREE EVENT are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Call to reserve your place for each presentation on 0141 287 2720 (option 4).

There will also be 35 goody bags up for grabs over the course of the day – with five given to the first five people coming to each talk!

‘Blood, Sweat and Gears’ focuses on the double silver medal winning athletes, Aileen McGlynn, OBE and Louise Haston and traces their personal journey to success in the Para-Sport Track Cycling competitions at the Commonwealth Games. The display is situated in the North Window of Riverside Museum, where it will remain on display until 6 March 2016. For more information visit www.glasgowmuseums.com/riverside.

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