New user case studies

We’ve just added some more user case studies to our website so you can find out about how various types of researchers have been using the Archives and Collections Centre.

DC077/11Carpet sample from our Stoddard Templeton collection, featuring tomato plant design

DC077/11 Carpet sample from our Stoddard Templeton collection, featuring tomato plant design

In these new case studies Helena Britt discusses her research for the recent Interwoven Connections: The Stoddard Templeton Design Studio and Design Library, 1843-2005 project which resulted in the exhibition currently on display in the Mackintosh Gallery; Jade Richardson, a Glasgow School of Art Product Design student tells us about how she used our resources in her research for a WW1 memorial project; and Annie Lavety, Retail Manager at GSA Enterprises, tells us how she used our collections to research and develop new products for GSA’s shop.

NMC 204, War scene with wounded soldiers, by Charles Davidson, 1914

NMC 204, War scene with wounded soldiers, by Charles Davidson, 1914

So visit the case studies section of our website, read about what other users have been up to, and get inspired!

Remember you can always contact us if you would like to use our archives and collections for your own research, be it family history, academic, educational, commercial or for creative practice.

The Hatchery, where ideas are born

GSA Library have launched a new creative research mini-site called The Hatchery.

Discover how artists, writers and creatives have used the collections of Glasgow School of Art Library to inspire, challenge or expand their practice. From interventions into our spaces, to installations amongst our shelves, our collections can be used to explore and challenge artistic, cultural and philosophical themes and preoccupations.

The site is full of useful and interesting case studies about how GSA students and other creative practitioners have been using GSA Library and its holdings.

You can visit the site here. Get cracking!

Artists using Archives: University for the Creative Arts

Fine Art student Faith Cannon's collage using images from the Maidstone Archive

UCA Fine Art student Faith Cannon’s collage using images from the Maidstone Archive

Archivists at the University for the Creative Arts have been busy collating examples of how students and other artists have been using their archives and special collections for creative practice.

An exhibition by five UCA students. The images in the far right and on the screen are still shots from the Maidstone Oral History Project, put up by Fine Art student Joanna Robinson, recording memories of ex staff and students from the Maidstone College of Art.

An exhibition by five UCA students. The images in the far right and on the screen are still shots from the Maidstone Oral History Project, put up by Fine Art student Joanna Robinson, recording memories of ex staff and students from the Maidstone College of Art.

They have collated these case studies to form a Pinterest site. At the moment the site features an exhibition by five art students which uses still shots from the Maidstone Oral History Project recording memories of ex staff and students from the Maidstone College of Art. There are also images of UCA Fine Art student Faith Cannon’s collages using images from the Maidstone Archive (above).

See also UCA’s Archives and Special Collections blog. For more information about UCA’s holdings and contact details see their Archives and Special Collections website.

Archives and Collections user case studies

CAD drawing of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia's St Bride's Church, East Kilbride, by Ambrose Gillick

CAD drawing of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia’s St Bride’s Church, East Kilbride, by Ambrose Gillick

We’ve recently added some case studies to our website about how various types of researchers have used Glasgow School of Art’s Archives and Collections Centre.

East-west elevation of the Mackintosh Building, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1897

East-west elevation of the Mackintosh Building, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1897

So far these include information about how, for example, Ambrose Gillick, an architectural researcher, has used the Gillespie, Kidd & Coia archive in his work on the project Roman Catholic Church Architecture in Britain 1955-1975, and about how designer Gabriella DiTano of Risotto Studio (who we’ve blogged about previously) used our photograph collection as the basis for a commissioned piece of work using her celebrated risograph print technique.

Gabriella Marcella DiTano

Gabriella Marcella DiTano

There’s also some information about how architectural historian Joseph Sharples has been using the institutional archives in his work on the Mackintosh Architecture: Context, Making and Meaning project, and some feedback from Phil Palmer, a researcher with a personal interest in the artist Maurice Greiffenhagen, who was a tutor at the Glasgow School of Art at the beginning of the 20th century.

GSA_NMC014 Washerwomen, by Maurice Greiffenhagen

GSA_NMC014 Washerwomen, by Maurice Greiffenhagen

Visit the Case Studies section of our website for more information, we plan to add more examples very soon.

Contact us if you would like to use our archives and collections for your own research, be it family history, academic, educational, commercial or for creative practice.