A Vintage Year for Impact Arts

Thu 18th July 2013

The young people at Impact Arts have been working hard in preparation for their involvement at the inaugural Vintage Festival. Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway’s award winning festival will be coming to Glasgow for the first time, as part of the Merchant City Festival.Glasgow life commissioned the DollsHouse Creative, based in SouthBlock, in the Merchant City to produce Vintage Glasgow in Partnership with Hemingway Design. Director, Catherine Murtagh, approached Impact Arts to get involved with Vintage, as the involvement of local organisations is an important aspect of bringing Vintage to Glasgow.

Vintage will bring old school glitz and glamour to Glasgow and it is the perfect opportunity for young people on the fashion and furniture design employability course to get involved in one of the city’s most exciting events.

Working with a group of young people through the Creative Pathways employability programme, Impact Arts will be providing a vintage photo booth experience in the Tikki bar on Saturday and Sunday. A selection of props will be available to festival goers for dressing up and capturing their Vintage 2013 experience.

Young people will be running a stall at the Vintage Market Place. The stall will be a pop up version of Impact Arts’ lifestyle Boutique, The Eco-chic Boutique, located on Glasgow’s High Street. A selection of beautiful handmade and vintage items of clothing, accessories and small items of furniture will be on sale, all produced by young people who have been learning employability skills alongside specialist fashion design skills to equip them for a career in the creative industries.

The young people will also be assisting the talented tutors from the Creative Pathways programme to deliver two 2 hour live up-cycle demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Festival goers are invited to attend to learn first-hand how to make a selection of items. Tutors will also be available to discuss a commission service.

Fiona Crawford, Regional Manager West of Scotland, said:

“This is the second year we have been involved in the Merchant City Festival and we are so excited – last year was brilliant! Creative Pathways has a ‘real make do and mend ethos’ which fits perfectly with the Vintage Festival. There has been a real buzz in the workshop as the young people prepare to get some hands on experience at one of Glasgow’s top festivals. This will really compliment the practical skills they have been learning in the workshop.”

Leigh Anne Harvey, young person, Creative Pathways programme, said:

“I’m helping to make the vintage photo booth for the Tiki bar, and have also made some of the clothes that will be sold on the day. I’m excited to help the tutor during the up-cycle work shop and with the fashion show too!”




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