Tag Archives: Glasgow School of Art

  • Mackintosh will Rise like a Phoenix

    May 29, 2014

    glasgow school of art mac building

    Image credit: Glasgow School of Art

    It really doesn’t seem like five years since Kirstin Frocker graduated from the Glasgow School of Art and it was deeply upsetting for us all to see the Mackintosh Building engulfed in flames last Friday.

    Thankfully, no one was hurt, but the iconic library - a national treasure – was destroyed, and many of the final year students lost the portfolios they had worked so hard to produce for their degree shows.

    Well deserved tributes have been paid to the fire fighters who worked so tirelessly to extinguish the blaze while taking care to salvage as much as possible of the building's irreplaceable structure and contents. The damage, devastating as it was, could have been a lot worse without their gargantuan efforts and they are owed a huge debt of gratitude.

    The good news amidst the wreckage is that those students who lost their work are going to receive ‘Phoenix bursaries’ to cover the cost of six months’ studio space and a living allowance while they rebuild their degree portfolios. We wish them all well in doing so and have every confidence that their talent - nurtured and inspired within the walls of the world renowned Mac - will shine through.  

    Meanwhile, online donations have already exceeded  tens of thousands of pounds and the art school has been inundated with offers of assistance from specialist conservators and curators from across the globe.  So the Mackintosh building will rise again and continue to inspire future generations of artists.

    The Glasgow School of Art has a very special place in our hearts from when K. Frocker was a student there and lived, somewhat chaotically with two other art students, in a flat in Renfrew Street a mere hundred yards from the school. She has since gone on to carve out a career as a buyer for an international brand, but still cried rivers last week as her beloved Mac burned.

    We took a wee trip down memory lane ourselves to revisit K’s own degree show in 2009. We do have better pictures, which we'll try and find, but here's an interim snap of Kirstin and Danny Frocker back in 2009.

    kirstin frocker degree show glasgow

     And K's graduation, rocking a vintage hat (from the Frockery, of course!)  in place of a conventional mortar board.

    k frocker graduation

  • Monsoon season?

    July 25, 2009

    What was that we were saying about a heatwave when we last wrote? Monsoon (and not the high street shop) was the order of most days during our recent visit to London, and emptying rainwater from one's shoes gets irksome after a while - as well as necessitating new foot frockery!

    The New Designers exhibition in Islington, which showcased some exceptional talent from art schools acoss the UK, was the main reason for our visit as our own recently graduated Kirstin was showing her designs. We were especially delighted to see the Glasgow School of Art's Paul Rodin scoop the new designer of the year award for his truly inspirational printed textiles.

    Having now returned to the frock face, we will be bringing you some fab new and not-so-new fashion to take you effortlessly through heatwaves, monsoons and every other weather. Jumpers and coats have been selling steadily alongside our summery frockery as this unpredictable climate of ours demands we be prepared for all seasons regardless of what the calendar tells us.

    Finally, we should mention that a local holiday on Monday 27th July means that all weekend orders will be dispatched on Tuesday 28th.

  • Congratulations to Kirstin

    June 21, 2009

    Many congratulations to our part time model and assistant Kirstin on her graduation from Glasgow School of Art with a BA(Hons) in Design Textiles and on a fabulous degree show which has already gained her a commission. Well done!

  • The Glasgow School of Art Fashion Show

    February 3, 2008

    The Glasgow School of Art Fashion Show 2008, 4th and 5th March @ The Vic, Glasgow School of Art. Tickets available from Tickets Scotland, £7.50/£5.50 (concession).

    An array of unique and exciting designs from 3rd year undergraduate textiles students (including The Frockery's very own Kirstin) will once again be showcased at this prestigious annual fashion event! For more information, visit the GSA Fashion Show's MySpace.