How the first collection was made

The "BE" "UP" and "ON" shirts are the final product of a multi stage process. From their beginnings as sketches each t-shirt goes through a printing, cutting and sewing stage to arrive at the finished product. It took a bit of time to develop a means of production that could deliver a consistent level of quality, so I thought it would be good idea to share with you the details of each stage. Here's run down of process.

Firstly, I fleshed out the idea, trying out a few different two letter words, colour relationships and fabrics. With the aim of finding the right balance of combinations that would give the designs to best look. Here are a few of those sketches:

 

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I felt IF and IT looked a bit weaker graphically so I dropped them and went with BE, UP and ON (the NO was an ON that I absentmindedly painted upside down). The next step was to send off the final designs and their colour combinations to the screenprinters in North London and heres what I got back from them:

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Then it was off to the laser-cutting service to get the letters cut for each shirt. By using a laser-cutter rather than a employing a professional pattern cutter there would be absolute consistency in the cuts which would ensure they would match up to the dimensions of the letter shadows that had already been screenprinted.

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Next, each pair of letters was carefully ironed on to t-shirts (they were cut with an iron-on backing already in place).

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Finally, all of the t-shirts were sent off to professional machinist who applied a top-stitch around the ironed-on letters to permanently fix them in place and give them a crisp finish.

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Leaving us with the final product!