DOORS OPEN DAY TALKS – RECREATING MACKINTOSH

Glasgow sees every Mid September a great number of its historic buildings opened to the Public for the very awaited for #DOD (Doors open days). Those which are normally closed to the public open their doors for a few hours… Those who charge an entry fee welcome free of charge many visitors and experts of all sorts talk for hours about their expertise to a public avid to get more and more knowledge on historic architecture and design.

Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw Stenciller

This years is the 20th anniversary of the built of Mackintosh wonderful “The House for an Art Lover” in Glasgow. Many decades after he designed the great project, a group of Glasgow enterpreneurs, experts and artists had got their act together in the early 1990’s to build Mackintosh’s dream house and I was part of this great project.

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This year I want to make sure to spend time to reflect on this fantastic opportunity for a young stenciller, this great chance to research in the work of the great man and put my little touch in that building. I want to tell the story…

 

What was it like to approach the project, how did I research to find sources to create the design without “Charles Rennie’s supervision” how did I make sure to coordinate with other craftsmen/artists. How could I be sure my scheme would be what he wanted… Was I ever sure that it was? Have I had any regrets? Would I do it differently today? What did I use? What would I use????

I feel lucky to be able to visit again 20 years later and compare and contrast. I still have no certainties… I would still be happy if the Master popped out of the woodwork to guide me and reassure me but I feel very  confident after 20 years that I did my very best at the time the house was built.

I am so lucky to be a hoarder… none of the stencils have gone they are still in my workshop and I will bring them along to share their view with my talk’s listeners. I will explain and answer questions. I will not be the expert I will be who was entrusted for a short period of time with the task to try and create.

But I hope you will visit next tuesday the 13th at 2pm or Thursday 15th at 10am to look, listen, prod and try your hand at stencilling. It will be my pleasure to share my story with you.

 

See you then….

Love   Betty xx

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