Made in Glasgow is a hub for creative people around the city to sell and promote their wares. It’s the brainchild of local designer Robert Chambers, who has his own business, TenTen, selling t-shirts, mugs, bags and other merchandise. He’s often to be found with a stall at various craft fairs and he got his idea while at the vintage fair Gin In Teacups. Looking around, he saw first-hand the huge amount of enterprising craft workers who make and sell everything from greeting cards, brooches, trinkets, clothes, furniture, bikes and hats.
These are people with small businesses to run and grow. Some of them still have jobs while trying to get their side-line venture out there. Some of them juggle children while trying to get their own business started. They sell their goods at fairs, various shops and through their own websites. Robert’s new venture proposes to spread the net even wider and give them another platform for selling and promotion. It’s good news for sellers and buyers alike.
The Made In Glasgow website is a one-stop-online-shop for creatives to sell their goods. Customers can log in and expect to find an online shop full of lots of unusual gifts and buying ensures the support of local talent. And if you find something you like, spread the word and tell others. For buyers it makes great sense, it saves trailing the internet through lots of different websites where one will do and you can be assured everything on the Made In Glasgow site is authentic and exceptionally cool.
With a special launch night on March 25, 2013, to get the word out there, standing outside The Arches in Glasgow was the Caledonian Cowboy playing his bagpipes while inside there were stalls with a taste of what you can expect to find on the website.
Also providing entertainment was local band Dead Man’s Fall, while later on the Caledonian Cowboy recited some poetry.
On the selling front there was Laura Morrison and Tina Cairns who run BrawBits.
They’ve turned from maws to Braw and make lots of unusual goods from homewares to jewellery to textiles. Everything is original design and comes from recycled items. They’ve also designed a bag which doubles up as a mat. It’s a great idea for mums with kids out in the park having a quick picnic or for festival-goers.
Wonky Woolies make woolly hats. These are super cool and super cozy, double lined with handmade pompoms on top and can be made to order. Ask for your own design or name and they will run one up for you.
Fortune Favours The Brave is run by Tommy Wilson, who used to work at Scottish outfitters Slanji. Through his experience he’s identified a niche in novel t-shirts and merchandise with a fun and quirky Scottish theme. On display were t-shirts with everybody’s favourite scamp with a bucket, Our Wullie and famous family, The Broons. Tommy has also devised his own Scottish Alphabet, displayed on t-shirts, (he’s also working on a children’s version), while you can buy a wee brown bag for “The Messages” to carry all your shopping in. Tommy said all his goods are rigorously tested – the message bag is sturdy and will carry your bottles of wine home from the shops without bursting. Happy days!
Selling lots of cool fashion accessories to appeal to the discerning vintage girl about town is DanYell. On display were cool wooden brooches, handpainted in quirky designs of teacups and teapots, as well as gorgeous designed scarves and greeting cards. A perfect stop to find an unusual and affordable gift. Danielle who runs DanYell juggles a full time job while building up her business.
Full time artist Marcus Raynal Hislop runs the Notorious Gasoline Company. On display was a selection of his works of art, cool pieces of iconic people and everyone from Johnny Cash and Steve McQueen to David Bowie.
Pieces of jewellery are always welcome gifts or for a treat for yourself. The Eleanor Barron Collection comprises beautiful handmade pieces and a special flair for wedding accessories. Feather fascinators can be dyed to order, while you can order your own personalized rings, cufflinks and tiaras. But her wares are not just for weddings, there was lots of beautiful everyday jewellery on display too and all at affordable prices.
And from the smallest ring to the larger items, Glasgow Furniture Collective, sell gorgeous pieces for your home and perfect if you are looking for something that little bit different.
Made In Glasgow is an exciting new venture and this was just a small selection of what you can expect to find online. There are lots of other creative people on board and the list is steadily growing.
Meanwhile enterprising Robert has lots of exciting plans ahead, which include an accompanying magazine and further events.
And if all of this has whet your whistle, get out and browse at the edgy craft sale Gin in Teacups. It’s run by vintage queens Laurie Macmillan and Sarah Lawson, and is back this weekend. See details below.
Gin in Teacups: The Arches, Glasgow. Saturday, April 6, 12noon – 5pm
All photos courtesy of Liam Dickson Photography. Liam Dickson Photography