Glasgow has some strong links to the slave trade, with streets named after plantation/slave owners along with places where slaves were taken from or the locations of plantations. The area known as Merchant City is where the major tobacco, tea & sugar plantation owners had their businesses and/or mansions. Even what is now the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art was the home of the slave owning tobacco merchant, William Cunninghame.
I’ll be exploring these connections in more detail over the coming weeks, however, in preparation for some printmaking experiments I’ve begun by developing a digital collage, pictured below. It’s worth mentioning at this point that I’m hoping to use a blend of traditional craft techniques & digital techniques in my work. For instance printmaking from 3D printed block and perhaps casting in bronze from 3D prints.