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Artist’s Corner

Read our interviews with artists such as John Booth and Will Cruickshank and find out what moves, motivates and inspires those who inspire us.

Artist Sophie Smallhorn

As we launch the latest in a series of collaborations with John Booth, we take a moment to speak to the artist about the longstanding partnership and gain some insight into his creative process. Born in Scotland and now based in London, John’s practice encompasses a variety of media from ceramics and 3D sculpture to works on paper and in textiles. The new drop of collaborative pieces between John Booth and Begg x Co sees the offering expanding for the first time into knitwear as well as accessories, reflecting a deeper knowledge of the possibilities of wool and cashmere.

Read our Interview with John
Artist Sophie Smallhorn

Hailing originally from Hertfordshire, British artist Sophie Smallhorn graduated from the University of Brighton in 1994 with a BA in Furniture – specialising in wood, metal, plastics and ceramics. Her dynamic approach to the use of colour and raw materials saw her career take off to a flying start, with exhibitions around the world and collaborations with institutions such as Somerset House, the London Underground and the Olympic committee, who commissioned her to create the magnificent fabric colour-wrap for the 2012 Olympic stadium in London.

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Artist Hayley McCrirrick

Hayley McCrirrick is a Scottish artist working with textiles. She established her studio in 2018 and since then has shown work in London, Edinburgh and Paris, also completing various commercial and private commissions in the U.K and USA.

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Photographer Richard Gaston

Richard is a Scottish travel and lifestyle photographer and author residing in Glasgow. With his clean style, free of noise and considered composition, he clearly distinguishes his subjects. Richard has shot for the likes of Arcteryx, De Beers, Cereal Magazine, Conolly and Mr Porter. As a published author, Richard co-wrote an award winning travel guide book, Wild Guide Scotland.

Read our Interview with Richard
V&A Dundee Makers and Manufacturers

Mary Quant redefined the designer's relationship with manufacturers, driving textile innovation to realise her designs. On November 12th 2020, Penny Martin, editor in chief of The Gentlewoman, was joined by our Creative Director Lorraine Acornley and a panel of contemporary designers and industry experts to explore how the collaborative relationship between maker and manufacturer manifests today.

The panel included Designer Beca Lipscombe of Atelier E.B; artist, ceramist and illustrator John Booth; April Crichton co-founder of LA FETICHE and designer Olubiyi Thomas.

Wall Hanging Detail Will Cruickshank
Sliced Spindles Will Cruickshank

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By Your Side Susie Purvis

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Radio Gentle January

If you feel alone or isolated, call a loved one and talk. If you’re looking for more of a constant companion, we recommend tuning into a radio station that plays your favourite style of music – we love BBC6 and Clydebuilt Radio – you can join the community through sound and also through their social media channels.

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Whole Lotta Roadies New Album

This year, the Fruit Tree Foundation announced the creation of a unique album, 'Whole Lotta Roadies', put together by some of Scotland’s most loved musical artists and their crew. The project was initiated by Rod Jones of Idlewild, with the aim of raising awareness and funds for the live music crew, who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and it's restrictions on live shows. 

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Mural John Booth

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The Barrowland Ballroom Begg Family Memories

Built in 1934 with a sprung dancefloor and host to some of the most well-known artists of all time, from David Bowie to the Stones, the Barrowland Ballroom is a truly iconic international music venue with an unbeatable atmosphere. We asked our team at Begg x Co to share some of their memories from their favourite gigs at the Barrowlands.

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Scotland on Screen Film Club

To celebrate our AW20 collection, which was filmed on location in Glasgow and featured local icons such as the GFT – Scotland’s first independent arthouse cinema – we’re sharing five of our favourite indie Scottish films with you. From Bill Forsyth’s coming-of-age comedy Gregory’s Girl to Lynne Ramsay’s haunting debut Ratcatcher, all of these films feature Scotland in a memorable supporting role.

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Friday Night Film Lorraine's Picks

Here are some of my top design led films:

Objectified Urbanized
Margiela in his own words
Exit through the gift shop
La Vie en Rose
Coco before Chanel
Eames the Architect and Painter
The Man who fell to Earth

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Anna Goldthorp DJ

Glasgow girl Anna Goldthorp has put together a selection of punk hits for AW20 Calling All Paisley Punks. Watch her recorded Punk DJ set and tell us what you think!

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'Drawings of Joyful Men' John Booth

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Guy Marshall Art Direct