When I arrived in Edinburgh on 11 January, I brought with me many questions. Not the least of these revolved around how I would as an urban studies student and visual artist engage with the urban environment effectively and critically. Is it possible to understand a city – how it operates on the ground, day-to-day – … More Edinburgh Illustrated
Sitting in the Willow Tea Room on Buchanan Street in Glasgow, a Charles Rennie Mackintosh design, my art history sensibilities were just going berserk. I am a huge fan of Mackintosh’s designs and his furniture and interior decorating for the tea rooms, with that iconic Glasgow essence he helped found, so being able to sit … More A Chat over Afternoon Tea
Glasgow and Edinburgh are Scotland’s largest cities, and, as such, it seems they are constantly being compared to one another. If one claims to have a truer Gaelic heritage, the other claims to have a more active modern Gaelic population. If one is known for its size and industriousness, the other’s claim to fame is its … More From the Hilltop: Glasgow and Edinburgh
Maps are a fascinating way to put visual explanation to vague placenames, directional references, and navigational descriptions in a way that is wonderfully simple and revealing. I have made posts about Google Maps and mind maps and this idea of creating through our actions maps throughout the city and spaces we traverse. However, as the … More What Does My (Fill-in-the-Blank) Look Like?