Recreating the Romance of Rail Travel
Life’s Little Ironies are excited to be featured in the Sranraer Free Press this week, along with Louis Wall (the station gardener) and David Sumner from the Swallow Theatre. Award winning Louis had invited us to produce some work that might be used to brighten up some of the Railway Station waiting rooms. Lou McGill has designed the railway station poster series which are inspired by the Scottish Railway Travel Posters of the 1930’s.
Last week Tim joined Louis and David, who was presenting a new planter donated by the Swallow Theatre, at Stranraer Station to meet with Scotrail represenatives to see if they liked the posters. They did like them and are planning to display some of these at Stranraer Station, and possibly at other stations on the Stranraer to Ayr line.
The posters are available for sale on this website and Lou is creating others for destinations outside the immediate region. The first destination choices are local towns and beautiful places around Galloway – we hope to promote these to people who use the stations and contribute to promoting tourism in the area.
We have also highlighted the National Autistic Society (NAS) on the posters as we are committed to raising the profile of autism and the fantatsic work of the NAS. Life’s Little Ironies have chosen to support this charity because of the help Lou and Tim have recieved from them. 10% of all poster sales will be donated to the NAS. They are also available as A5 postcards for £2 each or you can purchase a full set for £20.
Last year Lou developed the Haiku Print series which took some of her original photographs through a series of processes to emulate a silk screen printing process. Originating in Japan this became a popular form of mass printing in the 1920s and 30s, particularly for advertising.
The Haiku Print series was very popular and sold very well at our pop-up gallery in Wigtown during the Art Inspired by Literature Exhibition which coincided with the Wigtown Book Festival. We wanted to make sure that we had a similar series of work for 2014.
Artist Norman Wilkinson created a series of travel posters for Scottish Railways in the 1930s and these have been the inspiration for this new series of travel posters from Lou for 2014.