Inspiration comes from many places – nature, music, the seasons. For Ola, great inspiration has been found in the works of other artists: in particular, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret Macdonald. Today, June 7th, is the 150th birthday of Mackintosh. The Glasgow born designer, architect and artist needs little introduction, however the work of his wife, Margaret, and that of her sister, Frances Macdonald MacNair, is often overlooked. Born in 1868 and 1873 respectively, Margaret and Frances were both students at Glasgow School of Art, where, along with Mackintosh and Herbert McNair (who Frances later married), they...
Today is International Women's Day, so what better way to mark it than be paying tribute to - no, not Ola! - but to one of Ola's greatest inspirations,  Margaret Macdonald Macintosh. Born in in 1864, near Wolverhampton, Margaret Macdonald moved to Glasgow at a young age, and became one of that city's most original and celebrated artists.  Along with her sister, Frances, she was the first female day-student at Glasgow School of Art (just as Ola was later the first jewellery graduate of Aberdeen Art School.)  Margaret and Frances had already established their own studio, and developed their own...