An Evening With The Artists Behind The Star Wars In Glasgow Exhibition
A dreach November evening in Drury Street Bar & Kitchen found GlasgowLiving marvelling at an iconic franchise forging a life on our own humble streets.
We had arrived for the new Star Wars in Glasgow exhibition, a multi-media showcase of geek glory that places our dear green city in the midst of galactic creations that have defined subcultures all over the world. From the casual appearance of the Death Star II looming over George Square to ‘dae it on dinnae’ scribed over Yoda’s silhouette, a myriad of local designers, calligraphers, tattooists and award-winning comic book artists have found a home for their star wars themed enterprise in Glasgow, with the new hope that the influence of their artistic endeavors will raise money for the Scottish SPCA.
As well as original artwork adorning the walls of this bustling waterhole, there’ll also be heaps of exciting events from 3-30th November to coincide with the exhibition, including film screenings, pub quizzes and even BB-8 whipping up drinks behind the bar.
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, we got our glad rags on and headed out for a pint and a chat with some of the artists and organizers behind the event, designer and photographer Mark Boyle and calligrapher and illustrator Jen Fisher aka Toasty Type.
Asking Mark about how the exhibition was born, he said “I do a lot of motion graphics, composition work and photography, and one day I ended up mucking about with a couple of pictures of iconic places in Glasgow, like the Glasgow cathedral and the Barrowlands and I superimposed over them some star wars ships like the millennium falcon. I put them on Facebook and woke up the next day to see that they had gone viral!”
It wasn’t long after the popularity of his creations were let loose online before Mark was approached by STV, eager to discuss the star wars in Glasgow phenomenon. This lead to the first exhibition in the Variety Bar which was a huge success, and where funds were raised for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland. The exhibition then swept its way across the country to Aberdeen and Edinburgh before returning to Glasgow, where more artists became involved including Jen Fisher, a calligrapher who goes by the name of Toasty Type.
Jen gave us the lowdown on how she became part of the exhibition, “I was an art school graduate and now I’m doing this awesome calligraphy in my spare time, so Mark got in touch to ask if I wanted do a Star Wars thing for charity, and that’s how I got involved!”
Other artists include award-winning Comic Book geniuses Tanya Roberts and Neil Slorance, tattooist David Matson, artist Karen Bones, and classic Star Wars Toy Collector Thomas Wilson.
The exhibition will be running until 30th November, so make sure to swing by to check out the art and support the fantastic work of the Scottish SPCA. You can also check out the full chat with Mark and Jen (as well as a peek at one of Mark’s Star Wars tats) in our Facebook Live vid here.