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People Make Glasgow - Kate Davies

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  • By Kate Davies

    People MAKE Glasgow: portrait of a creative city

    What makes a city?

    Glasgow is a place that has frequently remade itself and is being made right now by some extraordinarily creative people.

    At this point in time, when ideas of sustainability and slow process have taken on a new urgency in the context of the climate crisis; when global populations have begun to question the viability of continued, untrammelled growth and the excesses of consumer culture; and when every town and city has to ask itself how its high street could and should look in the future, it is heartening to discover that Glasgow’s enterprising, creative communities are full of interesting answers to these pressing contemporary questions.

    The diverse makers, small businesses, community ventures and social collectives featured in this exciting new book provide a glimpse of new paths that we might take, and suggest some different, more resourceful, ways of doing things.

    This beautifully produced book celebrates Glasgow's thriving atelier economy in photographs and words

    Tom Barr is a Glasgow-based photographer whose documentary work interrogates the relationship between work and place - celebrating the dignity, creativity and diversity of makers of all kinds.

    Kate Davies is the author of books like Wheesht and Handywoman. Her writing explores many topics from disability and design to social and women’s history.

    Sam Kilday has a multi-disciplinary background in Scotland’s creative industries, and conducted interviews for People MAKE Glasgow.

    168pp. printed and made by Bell & Bain in Glasgow

    People MAKE Glasgow: Portrait of a creative city from Kate Davies on Vimeo.


  • Paperback:
    168 pages

    21 x 21 x 1.3 cm

    Kate Davies Designs

  • My name is Kate Davies. I live by Scotland’s West Highland Way where I love writing, knitting walking, and swimming in the wonderful landscapes that surround me. I find that each of these activities has a creative and a critical dimension and the best of possible worlds is one in which I productively combine them all.

    Knitting is one of my greatest loves, and in 2010 (when a stroke at the age of 36 ended my academic career)  I began Kate Davies Designs (KDD) creating digital patterns for hand knitters. The business lent me a platform to combine my skills in research, writing and design, and rapidly grew into a small publishing company through which I began to produce my own books. In Colours of Shetland (2012), Yokes (2014), Buachaille: At Home in The Highlands (2015), The Book of Haps (2016), Shetland Oo (2016), Inspired by Islay(2017), Happit (2017), West Highland Way (2018) Shore (2018) and Milarrochy Heids (2018) I bring my passions for historical writing and practical creativity together.  Nothing makes me happier than seeing knitters all over the world enjoying my books and making and wearing my designs.