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Tommy Perman, Angharad McLaren, Katy West, Beca Lipscombe, Emlyn Firth, Marianne Anderson, Neil McGuire, Claire Duffy, Ziggy Campbell, Simon Kirby.

Scotland Can Make It! is a collection of six limited edition souvenirs, designed and manufactured entirely in Scotland. Commissioned by Panel for 2014 the souvenirs have been created by leading Scottish designers and artists in close collaboration with producers, fabricators and developers across Scotland. Presented for sale, they are the focus of a programme of events that celebrates our cultural heritage, creative practice, skill and production.

As a part of Culture 2014, the Scotland Can Make It! souvenirs were available to buy at the following venues.

The Scotland Can Make It! shop
50 – 68 Osborne Street, Glasgow, G1 5QH
Open from 19 July – 3 August 2014

Dundee Contemporary Arts
152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY

Glasgow School of Art Shop
Reid Building, 164 Renfrew Street , Glasgow, G3 6RQ

Druimfin Lodge, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, PA75 6QB

Craft Town Scotland
The Barony Centre, 50 Main Street, West Kilbride, KA23 9AR

Tojo Design
The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU

Bonnington House Steadings, Wilkieston, Edinburgh, EH27 8BB

Dovecot Studios
10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT

An ambitious and far-reaching project, the Scotland Can Make It! souvenirs represent a variety of creative disciplines and are spurred by a broad range of motivations and interests. Though conceptually and formally diverse, what unites them is a common connection to memory and remembrance. From our collective experience of the Tunnock’s teacake, or of showing our sporting allegiance with scarf colours, of picnicking on family blankets, celebrating special occasions with food, or of connecting a memento or music to a particular time and place, each contains a lasting narrative.

What also brings them together is their connection to Scottish manufacturing and their form is a direct result of the story of their making – a collaboration between designer and industry.

Scotland Can Make It! is part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. Commissioning new souvenirs for Scotland within this framework has allowed both the designers and manufacturers involved to adopt an experimental approach in their research and development, and each has embraced the limits, the opportunities and the potential for innovation that lies within such partnership. The result is a unique group of carefully developed ideas and objects that truly commemorate our time and our place – created to be collected, used and treasured.

Scotland Can Make It! souvenirs are for sale throughout the summer of 2014. They are available from the Scotland Can Make It! Shop and selected cultural venues across Scotland.

The Scotland Can Make It! souvenirs are the winning proposals of an open competition that ran during the summer of 2011 aimed at artists, designers, craft practitioners and musicians working across a wide spectrum of creative disciplines. Submissions were judged by artist Martin Boyce, design retailer Sheridan Coakley, Alasdair Campbell (Director, AC Projects), Christina Jansen (Curator, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh) and then Creative Scotland programmer Leonie Bell. The winners were announced on 8 December 2011.

Working with a diverse group of creative practitioners and a number of Scotland’s key manufacturing companies the resulting project has created connections across Scotland and its industries. The product of these specially selected artistic and manufacturing partnerships, the souvenirs respond to the opportunities and limitations of collaboration, stepping outside a more typical approach in their design and manufacture.

In 2012 the project provided the focus of a public programme, anchored within Glasgow’s east end. Temporarily included within the permanent collection of the People’s Palace, the Scotland Can Make It! exhibition documented the development of the designs, drawing attention to the key processes and relationships that led to their realisation.

Within a series of free standing ‘shop window displays’, designed by Graphical House with Steff Norwood, and through a specially commissioned film, by Reset Films, the products were presented in a way that brought together the studio, the factory, the museum and the shop, in sequence, layering ideas, methods and ways of making.

Scotland Can Make It is commissioned by Creative Scotland and produced by Panel.

Scotland Can Make It! is generously supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and by Glasgow Life. The public programme is supported in-kind by Wasps, Dewar’s Whisky and Mak Lab