Edinburgh – A pop-up exhibition at Edinburgh Airport challenges Scotland’s top designers to reimagine the souvenir.
Local Heroes features a range of specially commissioned objects created by Scottish designers from across the product, fashion, graphic and textile design disciplines. Each designer was asked to produce a travel-themed object that acts as an ad for Scotland’s creative industries and offers a contemporary riff on the souvenir concept.
The contributions, which are all available to buy, include fashion designer Karen Mabon’s Rain Dance umbrella, a one-shouldered swimsuit by Rebecca Torres and a travel blanket by Hilary Grant that blends Nordic and Scottish knitting patterns.
‘For many passengers, Local Heroes will be their first impression of Scotland and will also form part of a fond farewell,’ curator Dr Stacey Hunter said in a statement. ‘Design is one of the most accessible expressions of 21st-century creativity and I am so excited that we can present a snapshot of Scotland’s colourful and confident design scene at such a unique location.’