Happy Monday y’all!!
Time to put another one of our cracking’ GWC team into yon spotlight again!
Let us introduce.. the super lovely, SUPER stylish…
LET’S GET THE LOWDOWN FROM THE LADY…
Me (Lynsay O’Connor) with occasional help from my husband Iain (who is one of the Pinup Nights DJs – another GWC supplier!)
2/ describe your workspace:
Skinny Malink has recently moved into a new studio just off Edinburgh’s Rose street. It’s great to finally have a space that can accommodate all of the printers and stationery materials. It’s also great to have such a central location to meet up with clients to talk through design ideas and their stationery needs. The studio is a bit bare at the moment, but I’m working on brightening it up!
3/ where did it all begin?
It all began less than a year ago. Iain and I were planning our own wedding, as a graphic designer it was a no-brainer to design our own wedding invitations rather than source a supplier or purchase straight off the shelf. I received such positive feedback on the invitations that we started to think it might be a good idea to set up an alternative stationery business offering affordable-personalised designs ‘off the shelf’ in an online store or completely bespoke to the individual.
4/ favourite work to date?
I’m really fond of our Playful collection of stationery (http://www.skinny-malink.com/collections/playful-collection). The design was inspired by the artwork found in old Pelican-style schoolbook covers. A bold typeface coupled with retro colouring and strong geometric shapes. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but has had very good feedback and that’s the whole idea of Skinny Malink.
5/ who/what inspires you?
I get inspiration from so many places and so many people. Two of my favourite graphic designers are Jan Tschichold and Ian McLaren and I have learned a so much from their approach and way of working – They take a very mathematical considered approach to layout and design which always looks great.
I also love the textile designer Anni Alber’s geometric patterns, they’re so beautiful!
6/ where’s your favourite place to in your city?
In Edinburgh I love it when it’s Festival time. It’s such a great month of the year, when all these secret venues you’d never knew existed open their doors especially for the Fringe. Edinburgh really comes to life during the festival and I love the crowds and the people watching that go along with it.
I love going back home to Glasgow for a sneaky night out whenever I get the chance – When I do you can usually find me partaking in a delicious White Russian in Nice n Sleazy’s!
We LOVE this gals style. Never failing to impress us with her impeccable taste in print and patterns!! Wowser.
To see more of Lynsay’s work and find her contact details (since we’re pretty sure she’s the invitation-making wizard that you’ve all been looking for…) head on over to the Stationery section of our Directory.
Team GWC x
In the spotlight this week…
HEY THERE! Let’s get the chat…
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW:
The Bygone Photobooth Company pioneer ‘Instant Nostalgia’ in Scotland!!
Hot off the press: A brand new Glasgow-based company have developed their own brand of nostalgia!
The Bygone Photobooth Company is the brainchild of young couple Joseph McAree and Stephanie Mortimer.
2/describe your workspace:
Our studio is your big day.
3/where did it all begin?
That question has an infinite range of answers.
I guess it all began several years ago when Joe and I first got together.
He was touring France/Germany and at that time was planning to move to France at the end of the tour.
We’d both fallen pretty hard for each other and midway through the tour he wrote me a letter to say he was coming home afterwards. The letter had a beautiful wet chemical photostrip inside and I remember thinking how perfectly it had captured a pure moment. I loved it!!
From there I started tinkering with old cameras and we both tried to come up with a way of bringing back the magic of photography, when a photograph was a rare keepsake in a gentleman’s bill-fold. Before selfies and social media. Eventually we came up with the idea of combining old and new, The Bygone Photobooth Company was born.
4/whats your favourite work to date? wedding/image/piece.
Blitzed will always have a fond place in our hearts!!
The 1940’s club night with lashings of bunting, sandbags, a full brass band, gramophone DJ’s and more authentic 40’s clothing than in an old peoples home is always a beautiful step back in time. Never has our brand of nostalgia been more perfectly complimented by it’s surroundings.
We love when we get the opportunity to create a truly bespoke package. In this instance the Bygone scene was set with an oxblood chesterfield and a bunting backdrop. Specially sourced props included authentic WWII helmets, WWII uniforms, WWII gas masks, WWII ration books, gramophones, WWII field phones and an Underwood style typewriter.
The next one is in SWG3 on June 28th, we plan to cause quite a hullabaloo!
5/who and what inspires you?
This is another question that has an infinite range of answers for me.
I feel inspired by people/things all the time.
My nephews, my nanna, my friends, Joe.
Joe would probably say Anatol Josepho. He is credited as the inventor of the original coin-operated photobooth. He brought the photobooth to Broadway in 1925, it was a huge success and made photography a more affordable/less formal.
Whenever we consider new designs or aesthetic details we say “What would Anatol think?”
So I guess he’s a little involved with every decision The Bygone Photobooth Company make.
6/where are your favourite places to go when you are not working?
Being a somewhat old fashioned pair and a fan of making an occasion of every moment, I would have to say our favourite hang out is probably The Hidden Lane Tearoom.
Afternoon tea, vintage tea sets, more lashings of bunting, doilies, lace, gingham and floral prints galore.
The cakes are fantastic and the range of tea’s/tea cocktail’s make them connoisseurs of high tea!
It’s a vintage treasure.
We collaborate with the tearoom at their Vintage Hen Parties. Where cup & saucers of fizz meet vintage makeovers and Bygone memories. We must tell you, we think it’s swell!!
7/best piece of advice you have ever been given?
“Don’t sit under the apple tree, with anyone else but me!!!”
The Andrews Sisters were so very wise!
These guys are too cute. Nevermind your wedding.. get them round to the house for a wee cuppa!
For more information and contact details for some old fashioned wedding fun by Bygone .. head on over to the Entertainment section of our Directory.
As days go… Last Sunday was a ruddy good one!
We donned our wedding fair hats, and set up shop at The Lighthouse for our May time Bridal Market and Wedding Showcase.
As always… With brides, grooms, families and pals a plenty, and our GWC suppliers on top form… It was one of the best fairs yet for sure! Yeah, so we say that every time…. but we MEAN it every time!
We can’t thank you all enough, both wedding-havers and exhibitors, for coming along and making the fair as fun and busy as it was. It’s always a cracking way to spend a Sunday…. free booze and bakers giving away tasty stuff? What’s not cracking about that?! The atmosphere as usual, was jumping, the fun was rife, every supplier pulled out the big guns when styling their stand, making the space look incredible and the whole fair a JOY to look at.
Here’s the proof….
Images courtesy of Christopher Currie Photography.
Our handpicked suppliers really know how to put on a good party 😉
Everyone and everything you could possibly need to plan the biggest, merriest party of your life, you can find right here at The Glasgow Wedding Collective, and showcasing at our fairs. Each member as creative, and talented as the next. They really are the cream of the crop. The bigwigs in weddings. The shiz. Top dogs. Etc etc.
Come along and see for yourselves at our next fair in September! Details will be on our Facebook page soon.
But for now, check out our Directory for info on all of our members.