Journey to the Hidden Lane
This is a totally luxury after many years of wet stalls and cold studios. Libby returned from Edinburgh in 2009. It was in Edinburgh that she studied Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art.
The first studio was the bedroom. A studio was an expense and luxury out of reach at this point. Luckily the first Glasgow residence was a large tenement lounge so lots of space.
Luckily this bedroom was on the doorstep of one of the biggest artist stall events. Artfusion, part of the Gibson Street gala. This was the first venture into stall holding.
From then on, every weekend, come rain or shine, Libby had set up stall somewhere. Sloan's market was the most regular and slowly started to build a customer base as the stalls where regular. The first feeling of what a shop could be like.
This venture alongside a job in a gallery meant that Libby could finally move from bedroom to studio. This was a studio share in a wonderfully bright but dreadfully cold studio in the Barrowlands, East Cambell Street. It was joyous.
After winning some bigger clients and commissions, the next step was a studio upgrade. Again a studio share in a Wasp artist studio, this one was watertight and warm.
Plenty of stalls later, a few years later and a couple of open days under her belt the idea of a shop became more and more tangible.
In 2014 and 2015, Libby decided to test the waters of a shop by creating a pop up shop in a shed. The opportunity was in Edinburgh and came with the advantage of an Edinburgh Festival crowd. This was the opportunity to showcase Libby's Scottish inspired work directly beside Edinburgh Mile souvenir tat. It was a success and created further confidence that a shop would work.
May, 2016. Thats when Libby got the keys to her very fist shop. In the Hidden Lane, Finnieston.