Sunday, 11 October 2015
Appreciating Edinburgh: shop windows
Not whopping plate glass windows, with teams of professional window-dressers working to a corporate brief, but the windows of small independent shops which are fun and clever and artistic and enticing. As part of my personal attempt to 'appreciate Edinburgh' after a long time as a reluctant city-dweller, here's a window from Concrete Wardrobe earlier this summer. Concrete Wardrobe specialises in Scottish design-led craft, and often has fun with it in their window display. This is 'I am the Passenger' by Charlotte Duffy. All of her work is made from discarded cardboard. You might think that she had honed her skills in art college, but she studied Philosophy at the University of St Andrews.
In this work Duffy was aiming to represent "the moments of fellow travellers waking from dropping off, panicking over missed stops, moments of awkwardness when being in close physical proximity to strangers and the knowing glances between passengers when someone is talking loudly on a phone". And the bizarre world of train on-board catering.
Find more about Charlotte Duffy at her website, Waste of Paint Productions (well worth a read), and check the Concrete Wardrobe site for the latest designers featured.