I took part in a collaboration commission with the Glasgow Café Laboratorio Espresso to do an illustrated paper cup. It was to include the café with the Greek Thomson building to wrap around the paper cup.
The finished illustrated paper cups. They’re now available in Lab Espresso if you fancy some of my artwork as well as some of the best coffee available in Glasgow.
Its been a great bonus seeing people post the cups on Instagram.
I visited St Brides, East Kilbride earlier in July this year. I had planned to do some drawings or paintings of it but have never got round to it but thought i’d upload some of the photos I took in the meantime. It was just a off the cuff visit but John who helps look after the place kindly showed me around. Designed by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia there are lots of nice details that I may not have noticed till they were shown out to me. On this side of the building there is a vertical pattern that’s a reflection of the line of trees on the other side. If you go round to the back of the building there is a horizontal design that is meant to be clouds.
Bakery 47 are a bakery based in the south side of Glasgow on Victoria Road run by husband and wife team Sam and Anna. A few weeks ago I had breakfast there and it was a simple grilled cheese sandwich with a cup of mint tea. The grilled cheese was really well presented on a simple metal tray with a few slices of watermelon and weirdly a chunk of iceberg lettuce in the side. I think it was the simple choice of select ingredients that work together that somehow is important to Bakery 47. The choice of a great Dunlop cheese worked really well with the sour dough loaf and a simple bite of the lettuce was almost like biting into a green apple (it kinda works) then balanced with the watermelon for a hit of freshness.
If you look around you can see similar approach to the interior. From the light shades to the table decorations you can see objects unafraid to show the qualities they are made of. Wether its a lamp shade made from folded paper, to the stones threaded over light fittings or the wooden blocks on the tables there is an elemental sense. I get the feeling this approach runs through their baking with a love of good ingredients and letting them shine through a careful considered simplicity.
They also ask artists to make stencils for their bread, I was asked if I wanted to join in. The way the loaves are displayed remind me of film so I thought you could make a simple animation with the stencils. So, thanks Sam for putting up with me supplying 9 stencils to create a simple animated loop of a hare running!