July, 2015

Soft Focus

Another superb talk from Fiona Jardine – honestly, she never fails to enthral me. This time she spoke about the connections between photographic development, film and digital, and the way cosmetic companies sell us product. Plus, thank goodness someone is talking about the darkroom scene in The Omen!

soft focus

From the Tramway website:

Soft Focus
Talk, T5 Tramway
Sunday 26 July, 2pm-3.30pm

From Vaseline on the lens to Photoshop, in association with Fashion CulturesSoft Focus examines the politics of photographic enhancements within advertising from the 1950s to the present day.

Set within The Persistence of Type exhibition at Tramway, Soft Focus responds to the influence of the photographic image and type through primary investigation into local graphic design history – from Post Office records, private archives to collected magazines and micro filmed newspaper.

Focusing on a range of examples, from Tennant’s Lager lovelies to the figure of the airhostess within British Caledonian Airways promotional material, Fiona Jardine discusses the development of photographic manipulation with Mairi MacKenzie, highlighting key campaigns, which have informed the Persistence of Type exhibition.

A postcard

Here’s a thing I made on Monday. I’ve missed rubber. Maybe this is a Muriel Spark and rubber summer?

Tight Postcard 2015

Tight Postcard 2015

Tight Postcard Detail

Tight Postcard Detail 2015

The Persistence of Type

Also at the Tramway is this whip-smart show by Fiona, Sophie and Maeve (Jardine, Dyer and Redmond). The 3 screen video is particularly luscious. Lots to see and hear around the show too – I’ll be fitting in Soft Focus by Mairi MacKenzie (26th July 2pm) and the second part of Anna McLauchlan’s new performance (23rd July 7pm). The first part involved Lynx, so sorry my nose missed that one.

From the Tramway website…


An exhibition of newly commissioned work by artist Fiona Jardine and designers Sophie Dyer and Maeve Redmond that explores the dialogue between graphic design, visual art and historical and fictional writing. Curated by Panel.


The Driver’s Seat – National Theatre of Scotland

This was such a good production, I rushed out and bought the novel. It’s going to be a Muriel Spark summer for me.

From the Tramway’s website…

NTS - The Drivers Seatwr

Adapted for the stage for the first time, The Driver’s Seat is one of renowned novelist Muriel Spark’s most gripping and disturbing books. At the centre of this taut, darkly comic thriller is Lise, an enigmatic young woman who is compelled to travel alone to an unnamed European city. However, it is initially unclear whether she is running away from, or towards something. Desperate to leave her mark on a world that is becoming increasingly alien to her, she acquires a series of brightly coloured, outlandish outfits and assumes an equally bizarre set of different personas, trying them out on the curious people she encounters.  As time passes, it seems that what she is searching for continues to elude her. All the while, in a police incident room, the hunt is on for a killer.  As the tension builds and the twin narratives intertwine, The Driver’s Seat asks if we can ever escape who we are, whether we are ever truly in control of our lives and, through Lise’s journey, where that road might lead if we were. The production is designed by Ana Inés Jabares Pita, overall winner of the 2013 Linbury Prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for stage design, offering graduating designers the unique opportunity to work with some of the country’s leading theatre, opera and dance companies.