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hasdecided along with two art school friends to stick with Scotland and go it alone. Their company, Graven Images. a youthful six months old, with others is pioneering the idea that there is a place for non-traditional designers in Scotland and already have plans to manufacture furniture in ‘87.
While at college, Janice and her colleague Adele Patrick researched gender. Incredibly. the patriarchal society can be traced back 12.000 years and we‘ve had little respite from it since. That‘s a lot ofyears to catch up on particularly since the whole thing has accelerated during the modern period. ‘High technology in society celebrates the male‘. explains Janice. ‘An older example, the pillar, both monumental and phallic has come to symbolise power and instil fear.‘ Go into any Victorian bank. And with the scope of advertising the opportunities are almost limitless.
Janice feels strongly that people should understand whey they react to environments or objects in certain ways. Why are you made to feel small not just physically but psychologically in certain public buildings and have you noticed that most modern cars are powerfully male? Janice‘s ‘Understander Lamp‘ goes some way to counteracting these associations and explaining them. ‘From a distance it looks quite frightening, maybe bigger than you think,‘ she says. The ‘scary woman‘ image is continued in the lamp‘s associations with witchcraft — the sheep’s head with protruding ﬂame eyes and the marbled post. Moving in closer to it brings it into proportion and. Janice hopes, dispels a number of myths surrounding woman. In the furniture of tomorrow there’s a lot to think about. (Alice Bain)
Sportswear and casual clothes are the only things Spencer Railton doesn 't do. What he does do is
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well-cut flamboyance applique, denim jewelling and gold and black satin (for Christmas).
His training was as a textile not fashion designer (at the Glasgow School of Art) ‘so I haven‘t been told what I can and can‘t do‘. With the help of Ros. his model (and ‘muse‘) who obligingly ‘stands around‘ while he drapes her with gold lame’. he works out a shape which he then adapts for the general ‘simple‘. elegant look he wants to put across. In his choice ofmaterials now. prints and pattern are almost conspicuous by their absence. although he may incorporate hand-printing into a small area ofdetail or use sprayed stencilling. The examples he exhibits at g fashion shows and showing at the ! Third Eye Centre are a more extreme version of what he sells to the public. They will be. he admits. fairly over the top.
His work is sold by Cruise in Glasgow and Edinburgh. and ; Vestry. South Molton Street. ' London, while his private commissions include gents‘ suits. ladies’ tailoring. ballgowns and a post-Royal Wedding demand for wedding dresses. (Sally Kinnes)
' I The name on cveryone‘s lips at the moment is the Glasgow Art Factory. The two-man operation of Gary Dickson and Ronnie Bridges has recently designed and built interiors for Nico 's Pour Le Bram/16. lchi-Ne-San and .S'crimslumxs. Dickson (35) with a history of photography and set design and Bridges (40) who spent many years dealing in decorative art. met two years ago and have built up a business as successful as it is varied. Glasgow Art Factory are included in the Glasgow Style Exhibition at The Third Eye where they have on display some oftheir own furniture as well as shirts in Mackintosh-designed printed fabric (to which they own the copyright).