Designer to showcase Commonwealth works

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Celebrating one year on from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Riverside Museum will host a day of presentations by the creative talents behind the ‘Best Games Ever’.

‘Meet the Makers’ offers a chance to meet the leading designers of silversmithing, textiles, graphics and cabinetmaking for the Games.

Designer and woodworker Paul Hodgkiss, from Muirend, is one of those elite who were invited to produce works of art for the Games.

He created almost 100 distinctive wooden winners’ podia, medal trays and the quaichs that were given to winners.

He said: “The incredible production process, the hours and hours of physical graft, the sweat of 17 men at full speed, and the patience of seven people on the smaller details, will be an enduring memory of what was one of the maddest and most brilliant years of my career.”

Also on display will be a stunning Glasgow 2014 papercut artwork made by Christine J Thomson; a larger-than-life inflatable Clyde mascot and other memorabilia, including Ariane Fortin’s boxing gloves from the final and a Robbie Renwick signed gym shoe from the Sport Your Trainers campaign.

Jonathan Boyd’s coveted medals adorned the necks of the world’s top athletes using traditional metalworking techniques to create 1,385 medals.

Jilli Blackwood, designer of Team Scotland’s parade costume for the opening ceremony and for the flag handover, will discuss how her designs brought a modern aesthetic to traditional use of tartan.

4c Design, the team that designed the queen’s baton, 
will describe how they married cutting edge techniques with traditional craftsmanship and used titanium, wood and granite to create the baton.

‘Meet the Makers’ takes place on Friday, July 24. Presentations start on the hour from 10am-1pm, then 2-5.45pm.

Places for this free are limited so book early to be sure of a seat. Call to reserve a place for each presentation on 287 2720 (option 4).