The World of T-Shirt
Autumn / Winter 2012/13
The difference is why
We love t-shirts. We love what they can say, what they can mean and how they can look. Well Made is all about t-shirts and t-shirt culture.
In this debut issue of Well Made we look at people who stand out, not because they look wacky or weird – although a few of them may be blessed with those qualities too – but because they do things differently.
We talk to Dilys Williams, head of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at the London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London) about how her team is helping both fashion students and corporate businesses to approach the fashion industry in new, ethically informed ways. We speak to Steven Bethell, the man behind and at the heart of Beyond Retro – now ten years old – and discuss how his business is all about making old stuff new. We talk to Jerry Dammers about the origins of the iconic Two Tone Records logo.
We also look at a brand-new generation of creatives – the class of 2012 – some of the best Surface and Print Design students to graduate at London College for Communication this summer… We think they stand out and warrant some recognition – and hope you do too. We talk to Saskia Pomeroy about her recent exhibition, a masterclass in screenprinting.Photographer Mattias Björklund spends some time in the print shop of Hackney-based Craig Currahee, one of an emerging generation of independent t-shirt screenprinters.
We also talk to maverick designer Barnzley about how he made the smiley face the global symbol of Acid House and rave music.
We asked Holly Falconer to select some of her favourite images from her own personal portfolio and also to shoot some portraits of music-loving creatives wearing a current crop of t-shirts; they ended up partying in The Social, thanks to the guys from Heavenly.
Andrew Bunney, independent consultant for brands such as Dr. Martens, Stussy, Supreme and Nike and now also responsible for his own brands British Remains and Bunney jewellery, tells us about his most precious t-shirt and what it means to him. On the back page, there’s a free Well Made transfer.
Thanks to everyone who has helped make this debut so much fun to produce and pull together.
Mantis World crew.