Look around you
A big thanks to everyone at Glasgow School of Art for making my talk yesterday such a pleasure, especially Dr. Bruce Peter and the others in the Dept of Historical & Critical Studies for inviting me in the first place. It went okay, I think. It was hard to talk for so long to people who are just sitting still, particularly when the Mackintosh lecture theatre (charming as it was) was so spectacularly uncomfortable. It was lovely to meet some of the students, albeit briefly, and I was really glad some found it interesting. I liked seeing what actually happens inside an art school. It's good to know that a lot of people, lecturers included, want to get a break from Baudrillard and Foucault and just appreciate stuff now and then.
So, if anyone is visiting for the first time because of it - I've put the photos I used in my presentation into a photo set on Flickr. There are some extras in there as I took quite a few out, but as they're in the same vein I left them in. They all have tags if you're wondering where anything is. That was the main theme of the talk - to get out and look around because small and/or commonplaces things can be beautifully designed and interesting too.
Other links & references: I also talked about This is M. Sasek (the children's travel books) and Nothing To See Here (alternative travel guide), John Hinde postcards and sweet wrappers. I showed some bits of other people's stuff namely some vintage matchbox covers, and Soviet bus stops. The little photo cards that went down a storm are made by Moo. If anyone wanted a badge and didn't get one let me know.
The last slide I had, of conclusions I came to at about 3am the night before the talk was that this is what I've learnt doing I like:
- Everything is interesting
- Everyone has a place
- Do something YOU like
- Find your own voice
- Make something that you're happy with
- Share it
That probably sounds a bit trite but it's worked for me and I'm constantly surprised how many people don't follow those rules. I really enjoyed talking about it so if anyone has questions or anything please get in touch.