Tag Archives: mackintosh building

  • Beatroot & Lace Bazaar

    September 6, 2014

    beatrooot and lace

    We wanted to give you all a heads-up and thumbs-up for a new Glasgow-based vintage (ad)venture in the form of the Beatroot & Lace Bazaar, described by its founders as "The Vintage Fair With Creative Flair".  The brainchild of Marco and his partner Jennie - whose  combined musical and artistic credentials are impressive, and their juggling ability as parents of a small baby even more so! -  this latest addition to the somewhat crowded vintage fair circuit promises something refreshingly different with its unique blend of music, art, fashion and collectables.

    As self-confessed 'magpie-eyed' Marco puts it:

    "In mixing the best of the past with music, art and design of the present and future, we hope to provide an environment of collaboration and creativity which can benefit traders, artist, performers and customers while building a community of like-minded people."

    Sounds pretty cool to us!

    Unfortunately we won't be able to participate in the launch extravaganza during the busy Freshers' Week (it's a bit too far for us old frockers and we have other commitments that weekend), but we're sure students and locals won't be disappointed. The inaugural bazaar is to be held in The Art School, 20 Scott Street, Glasgow on 20th September 2014, from 11am until 4pm, and will bring together  local traders, musicians and artists to rock all things retro.

    Over to Marco again:

    "Not only will there will be 30 tempting vintage and artisan maker stalls to shop at, but performances from a host of key participants in Glasgow’s vibrant music scene will be welcomed. In addition the opportunity to view and purchase original artwork by a selection of the finest up and coming artists the city has to offer will also be exclusively available."

    Entry will be free of charge - another refreshing change! - and various activities are planned for the day in an effort to raise money for repair work to the damaged Mackintosh building, for which we frockers have a particular soft spot.

    More bazaars are in the pipeline as follows:

    11th Oct The Art School
    25th Oct The Record Factory
    8th Nov The Art School
    22nd Nov The Record Factory
    13th Dec The Art School
    20th Dec The Record Factory

    For news and event updates, do keep a magpie eye on the Beatroot & Lace Facebook page, Twitter  and Instagram. We know we will be!

  • 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