So onto the art...
Each first Thursday of the month, in Glasgow, the Trongate 103 set of galleries has a 'first Thursday' opening night. Usually each organisation has a different show but this month's openings were under the umbrella theme of 'blueprint', which is a collaboration between a number of Glasgow galleries, archives and museums taking place in February 2013 and was initially conceived as an exploration of the links between alternative photographic processes and fine art photographic printmaking (printing with ink), in making artworks.
The Glasgow Print Studio's show was about photographic techniques in printmaking and covered everything from digital prints (also known as Giclees and Digital Archive prints) to photo etching and photo screenprinting. My particular favourite was a photo-etching by my good friend Fiona Watson, portraying an old typewriter, with some typing on it's paper saying "Everyday I love you more and more. Well not every day... yesterday you were a bit annoying".
|Just Little Words by Fiona Watson, photo etching with chine colle|
Aside from the work of friends, there were also famous names showing, such as another favourite of mine, Peter Blake with his screenprinted portrait of Doris Day (which looked unervingly like the burlesque performer Wild Card Kitty). The coloured spots featured a substance called Diamond Dust which I, as a lover of glitter, must get for some of my prints!
|Peter Blake, Screenprint with diamond dust|
|the hefty price of fame in the art world|
|Trevor nearly drops his Ancnoc whisky cocktail in fright!|
|Pink Marylin bu Andy Warhol, screenprint|
|Claire Forsyth, Loudon Castle, screenprint, 56 x 76 cm|
Overall it was a great night, where many new and old friends were met and much Ancnoc whisky was enjoyed, before heading home, a little shakily, on my little folding bike.