The next step with A Northern Soul is the release of ANS01 & ANS02, two tees in black and white with the ANS logo. This tee is professional screenprinted in limited numbers here in Sweden and comes in sizes S-XL.
Release date is next Tuesday, the 18th of February, at 17.00 (GMT +1) and it will be available through the new store, store.anorthernsoul.net where you’ll get more pictures and information about this and future releases.
I’ve always been interested in the beginning of things and the history and tradition of how to create and how to produce. In the nighties I studied photography before the digital cameras revolutionised the art form and learned how to limit myself to 24 or 36 photos per roll and most important how to develop and create an actual paper copy from a photo roll which really is an incredibly amazing thing to do as you actually see a picture all of a sudden appear from a white paper. Its almost magic.
As an illustrator and graphic producer I’ve worked with computers all my life, or at least since they arrived at my home twenty years ago but everything in Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop has its precursor as you started off with pen and paper, scissors and glue before that arrived. In one way the time before the computers and digital everything really was more creative as it demanded more from you and your skills but in the other hand there really are no end to the possibilities to what real creative persons are able to do today with the tools we now got at hand.
But, never forget your history cause if you do, you’re never able to understand the work that you do today. You need to understand why a photography comes in the shape it does to understand how to compose and work modern cameras. You need to know how to draw with a pen on real paper to be able to fully understand Illustrator and Photoshop etc. You need to know your own history to understand where you’re going. It’s all a circle.
That said, I just finished another screen print class a couple of weeks a go. As I’ve been working lots with tees and prints etc. over the years, mostly by creating them by hand or digital and sending them to a printer and then returning a product in a box I decided to dig deeper in the art form of screen print. I joined a group of seven girls (always girls who takes these classes) and one teacher and for seven weeks one evening a week I designed some new prints, transferred them to a frame and then by hand printed a bunch of tees.
It’s a lot of things that cant go wrong and mixing of colours that has to be perfect and exactly measured prints at the exact right place on the fabric but the details and the craftsmanship, the hard work is the thing that makes this so fun. Be able to actually create something from scratch instead of sending another PDF to a printer guy without a face and returning a box of tees. Don’t get me wrong though, that’s lots of fun as well, don’t think I’d be able to do this with every project but as I started, you need to know the history to fully understand the future or the now.
All these pictures are taken from the project except for the top one send to me by my brother Milton from over the sea, really hope you like them!
- Photography by A Northern Soul
Fair Isle is a traditional knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colours. It is named after Fair Isle, a tiny island in the north of Scotland, that forms part of the Shetland islands. Fair Isle knitting gained a considerable popularity when the Prince of Wales (later to become Edward VIII) wore Fair Isle tank tops in public in 1921. Traditional Fair Isle patterns have a limited palette of five or so colours, use only two colours per row, are worked in the round, and limit the length of a run of any particular colour.
Some people use the term “Fair Isle” to refer to any colourwork knitting where stitches are knit alternately in various colours, with the unused colours stranded across the back of the work. Others use the term “stranded colourwork” for the generic technique, and reserve the term “Fair Isle” for the characteristic patterns of the Shetland Islands.
This time of year, when the weather is all white and cold I like to get back to the roots of knitwear. The knitted sweater is one of the most important pieces of clothing as it keeps you both warm and handsome and keeps everyones eyes focused if the right or od one is the one you wear.
Traditional knitted clothing tells a story, it has a meaning and sends signals of dignity and style and whether its a scarf, a couple of gloves, a sweater or a hat you can never go wrong if you keep it subtle together with other classic clothing like a duffle coat or a parka.
This years best pieces, even if they’re not all Fair Isle, are shown above and listed below and can be found at Triads.
4. Barbour Dunkled Glove
10. William Fox & Sons Fairisle Jumper
As christmas stands upon us we need some good tunes as companions while cooking, eating and drinking. Subscribe to the playlist, A Northern Christmas with even more great tunes for the holidays and please leave a comment with your own favorite if its missing.
- Photography by A Northern Soul