Arts and Culture

RIP David Bowie

I was devastated to wake up to a world without one of the greatest influences on music and fashion of the 20th century. Just 2 days ago, I was at a Bowie tribute night celebrating his life on his 69th birthday, so the timing of his death today, after an 18 month battle with cancer, is ironic. More than anything, Im beyond sad for my mum, Leah MacGilp, as he was her absolute hero and meant the world to her every year of her life. She asked me to do a blog post about his impact on fashion and culture, so read on if you want to know more about his legacy.

 

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Birmingham Street Art

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word Birmingham?
Perhaps it’s the famous Selfridges building inspired by a Prada dress, the big dirty canal system, the old brass bull, or even the strong Brummie accent. 
For me, Birmingham will always be associated with my childhood, my upbringing, and my family and friends. 
But on a recent trip down south, a long walk around the city I used to call home brought new surprises in the way of unique street art.

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Jack Hinks @ Cabaret Voltaire

Last weekend I was part of the audience at “Jack Hinks” headline gig held at Cabaret Voltaire, and it was quite some show. The collaboration of Guitar (Jack Hinks), Vocals (Jack Hinks and Fiona Liddell), Violins- yes two violinists! (Fiona Liddell and Hannah Dickson), Drums (Gab Zat) Piano (Sam Thorne) and Bass (Will Bleasedale) was so refreshing to see and had set my expectations high- I was certainly not disappointed, not even close.

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Unexpected Art

Lynette Gray is the reason I first got excited about blogging and the creative industry in Scotland. Back in 2013, I assisted talented photographer John L Need with a photoshoot for Lynette’s emerging fashion brand Angel Pixie Love

At the time, I was setting up my journalistic blog The Question Cove (http://thequestioncove.wordpress.com) and was so fascinated in Lynette’s story that I decided she would be my first interviewee.

 Yesterday we reunited over coffee and I heard all about her exciting new project, Unexpected Art.

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West End Makers Fair

 

On a rainy Thursday morning Ruth popped to The West End Fair in Edinburgh to check out local talent from the craft-o-sphere, and discovered a whole host of fantastic creative products and chatted to some lovely designers.

 

 A firm favourite was Carol Capaldi Crafts – a stall crammed full of quirky, kitsch gifts. Her vintage upcycled mosaics adorned everything from tile wall hangings to a guitar (which is firmly on the wishlist for a certain someone’s birthday present!) Check her out on Etsy!

 

Another fab company was Eclectic Shock. They were offering exquisite costume jewellery, from cuffs made with dismantled pocket watches, to pendants dangling with tiny jars of fairy dust. Other finds included gorgeous stained glass decorations, hand painted feathers, stunningly delicate fashion illustrations and The Edinburgh Bow Tie Company, 

 

 


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