Design, Style and creative engagement at the Barras.

This weekend I found myself in the East End of Glasgow, following the Gallowgate all the way down to the Barras area.

For people familiar with the city, the Barras Market tends to rhyme with bargain goods and indescribable ‘vintage’ jumble. However, this Sunday I wasn’t looking to buy the DVD of the new and yet-to-be premiered Star Wars (seriously, the Barras is renown for selling ‘exclusive’ pieces such as this…!) but to visit a few pop up stores and events in the area.

Glasgow City Council has recently committed to transform this area into one of the city’s must visit neighbourhood by turning it into a vibrant cultural and creative hub.

And it is indeed starting to show.

My first stop was Form + Balance pop up store, which had set up camp in one of the many spaces Many Studios has to offer.

Form + Balance is a concept and lifestyle store, created by owner Emma Carberry.

Upon entering the store, Emma’s passion for beautiful pieces of art and design shows instantly.

As a concept lifestyle store, Form + Balance offers carefully selected pieces of jewellery, fashion, homeware, or stationery.

Simplicity, quality and aesthetics are the words that immediately spring to mind.

As part of the pop up selection, a few pieces / creators struck my eye:

  • Jewellery by Marion Made (link here to her Easy shop) this Glasgow based designer offers beautiful pieces which focus on shapes, patterns and textures. I couldn’t leave without purchasing a pair of hammered effect earrings.

  • Macrame and Botanical designs by Botanics Home, two of them which would make their way under my best friends Christmas trees this year!

  • Overwhelming tempting vegan treats from Raven Chocolate, a new glaswegian and cruelty free brand. I would say only one thing to you: Salted.Peanut.Chocolate.


  • Copper and Solder beautiful concrete based designs; if you like copper, marble effect and neat shapes their creations are made for you!

  • Finally Boob Print (!!) by Form + Balance themselves. #girlpower

If you are still looking for last minute Christmas presents or are simply a lover of all things beautiful, come along to the store next pop up at BAaD this weekend – all the info you need on the Facebook event page here!

Speaking of BAaD, the Barras Arts and Design venue situated next door to Many Studios is where I headed. This spectacular and unique building is definitely at the heart of the area regeneration.

There I checked the ‘FeastEnd Food Festival’, which will be on again next weekend with food trucks favorites such as the wonderful Chompsky (helllooooo vegan Banh Mi!).

I also had the chance to taste out some mulled Ginger Beer by the community drink company Bottle of Ginger. As well as being mighty tasteful, the profits from their micro-farmed & ethically sourced products manufactured in Bridgeton help tackling food inequalities in the east end of Glasgow. Visit their website for more information on their next event and how you can get involved yourself.

So my friends, to your diaries : next weekend, get yourself to the Barras, you won’t regret it!

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