Comment on: Tributes pour in for Isi Metzstein
I met Isi on my Junior Year Abroad program at the "Mac" in 1983-4. He was quite a presence. He would rip up your design during crits and really tell you he wanted to help you. We all believed he did want to help us. Our poor designs just needed to be improved in order for this to happen. Having a thin skin would not do any good in this situation. One had to be humble and open to his tutorials. After class we would all go to the pub and somehow a role of trace would appear on the table. Isi would rehash our schemes at the table with more ideas. The sketches we had when we left the pub, were prized with their drawings and beer stains. We would hang them on the walls in the studio as our inspiration to move forward with our projects. On a personal note, he invited me to his home for brunch and to meet his family. He made sure I always had a "Glasgow family."