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Frame Loom Weaving and Navajo Weaving with Alice Hume

On Saturday 27th February Alice Hume will be hosting a weave workshop in Fratton 10am-4pm. For the cost £40 students will learn how to make their own fabric, warp their own Loom, finish and create their own woven wall-hanging or decorative fabric.

Alice Hume is a Textile Artist who graduated from Winchester School of Art with a degree in Textile Design: Woven Textiles. She also had the opportunity to study Woven Design at the Swedish School of Textiles in Boras, Sweden in 2012. Her Native Beards Woven Collection has been exhibited in Edinburgh and London as well as being featured in Cover Mag and an Ebook with TextileArtist.

Materials included are a home-made Hume Loom, tools and a variety of yarns. Looms are for course use only, but will be available to purchase at the end of the workshop. You are welcome to bring along strips of fabrics, beads or anything you want to experiment with.

To find out more information or to book your place Don’t hang around because spaces are limited!

Frame Loom Weaving



Victorious Festival 2016

Victorious Festival have announced the first wave of acts to perform at this August’s festival. Portsmouth has always been very much an ‘indie city’ and the news that Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be taking stage on Southsea Common is likely to excite most of Portsmouth. Joining Noel will be Manic Street Preachers and Mark Ronson.

Saturday night will see The Manic Street Preachers performance will coincide with the 20th anniversary of their triple platinum selling album Everything Must Go.

“We’re so excited to be announcing this line up. It’s taken a lot of hard work but we couldn’t be more pleased to be bringing Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and The Manics to Portsmouth. It’s going to be an incredible year for both Victorious and Portsmouth.” – Andy Marsh, Festival Director.

Also announced for the festival will be The Levellers, Ash, The Coral, Jack Savoretti, Space, Echo & the Bunnymen, Will Young, Selector and Emmy the Great. Of course you can expect a host of the best local acts performing at the festival.

If you need reminding of what you missed last year then check out the highlights from Strong Island Media.

The organisers are always looking to evolve and develop and have also announced that this year there will be a giant circus tent up in the kids’ arena as well as a whole host of free entertainment and activities for children and their families. It goes without saying that you will see Strong Island and many other local traders offering some of the finest food, booze, craft and clothing.

The festival will take place on Saturday 27th (my birthday!) and Sunday 28th of August. Don’t be surprised if they managed to beat last years figures which saw 100,000 spectators on Southsea Common over the weekend. If you would like to be there this year then you can get your hands on tickets from their website

You can stay up to date on all things Victorious via Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

Victorious Festival 2016 Initial Line-Up

Victorious Festival by Todd Lawton
Photo by Todd Lawton
Victorious Festival 2015 by Jack Daly
Photo by by Jack Daly
Victorious Festival by Gavin Withey
Photo by Gavin Withey

Stu’s Picks For No 6 – February 2016

As ever the No. 6 Cinema has some awesome movies on offer this February, including many Academy Award hopefuls. If you haven’t yet visited the No. 6 Cinema then I highly recommend it. You will find a mix of thoughtful art house cinema, vintage Hollywood classics and new blockbusters all within the historic blockhouse in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

Be sure to check their website for information on how you can buy tickets and to find their full listings –

Joy (12A) | Friday 5th February | 7pm

In 1990, Joy Mangano invented the Miracle Mop, a household product that became a bestseller on the QVC shopping channel. Hardly the makings of a Hollywood epic, you might think. But in the hands of director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), and with Jennifer Lawrence in the lead, Mangano’s story becomes a moving and sometimes irresistibly funny roller-coaster tale about a woman who never gives up.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (12A) | Saturday 6th February and Thursday 11th February | 7pm

Set three decades after Return Of The Jedi, the much-anticipated new Star Wars episode sees the return of the iconic franchise’s original stars, as well as new characters and lightsabre-rattling villains. Although the plot is being kept secret by director/co-writer J. J. Abrams (Star Trek), we’re promised stunning special effects and emotionally powerful storylines in what will be a heroic return to one of cinema’s most enduring epics.

The Danish Girl (15) | Friday 12th February | 7pm

With the encouragement of his artist wife Gerda (Vikander, Testament Of Youth), Einar Wegener (Redmayne) began a groundbreaking process of gender transition in the 1930s to become Lili Elbe. With his utterly convincing portrayal of Einar/Lili, Redmayne brilliantly negotiates the psychological road map required to make the journey, aided by Gerda’s supportive pragmatism. Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) film is lushly photographed, and suffused with sympathy for its complex characters.

Annie Hall (PG) | Saturday 13th February | 7pm

Comedian Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) examines the rise and fall of his relationship with struggling nightclub singer Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). Speaking directly to the audience in front of a bare background, Singer reflects briefly on his childhood and his early adult years before settling in to tell the story of how he and Annie met, fell in love, and struggled with the obstacles of modern romance, mixing surreal fantasy sequences with small moments of emotional drama.

The Revenant (15) | Saturday 20th February | 7pm

Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) takes us into the American wilderness for a story of betrayal, survival and vengeance in the early 19th century. Fur trapper Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) is attacked by a bear, and then robbed and left for dead by his companions. Sustained by sheer force of will, Glass battles the winter elements, the vicious wildlife and his own injuries in relentless pursuit of life and justice. Filmed in extended takes using only natural light – and already hotly Oscar-tipped – The Revenant delivers gritty battle scenes, stunning locations, and a compelling story of one man’s determination to live.

Room (15) | Friday 26th February | 7pm

Based on the novel by Emma Donoghue, Lenny Abrahamson’s (Frank, What Richard Did) latest tells the story of Ma (Larson) and Jack (Tremblay). They live in a single room that is their entire world, for a reason that is one of the film’s many surprises. Then, on Jack’s fifth birthday, Ma reveals her plan for him to get away. Despite its dark premise, Room is a film about freedom that brims with hope, using Jack’s guileless perspective and poignant optimism to steer us through the darkness.

Apocalypse Now (15) | Saturday 27th February | 7pm

The digital re-release of Francis Ford Coppola’s exploration of America’s Heart of Darkness in Vietnam is a welcome chance to savour once again the masterpiece that Apocalypse Now truly is. A heady mix of ‘60s counter-culture and the Vietnam War meshes together with hallucinatory visuals and a magnificent score. Martin Sheen stars as the Special Forces captain dispatched on a secret river-borne mission to Cambodia with a brief to ‘terminate with extreme prejudice’ a demented colonel (Brando) waging a private war in the hills.

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Our Tips For Icebreaker 2016

With Icebreaker Festival 2016 upon us this weekend we felt it only right that we gave you a few of our own tips of who we think you should check out this weekend.

Veludo Planes at Little Johnny Russell’s

The Mighty Bern at Little Johnny Russell’s

El Morgan at the The Atrium

Bellyeyesmile at the Edge of the Wedge

The Melt Dunes at the Fat Fox

For information on set times check out the listings which will be available on the day. There are a number of tickets available priced at £10 in advance or £12 on the day from the Wedgewood Rooms box office, for more info on how you can get yours click here. You can follow the event on their Facebook and Twitter @IcebreakerUK.

Icebreaker Festival 2016

Strong Island, Dumpster Design and Community Fusion Collab

We recently joined forces with Portsmouth-based Dumpster Design and Community Fusion to bring together local young creatives and volunteers to construct a stunning bespoke dress made entirely from out of date promotional materials. Community Fusion volunteers along with students from Havant College and Portsmouth Academy For Girls took part in the project.

Dumpster Design dresses are a powerful concept of wearable art created from unusable and surplus materials. The dress offers a positive way to support sustainability and repurpose materials in an eye catching and utterly unique way.

Dumpster Design’s founder and designer Daisy Harris-Burland described how “This has been a fantastic opportunity to work with Strong Island and Community Fusion to design, create and work with such a wonderful group of young volunteers.” The end result as modelled by our shop manager Lara is not only striking but also encompasses iconic aspects of the nautical Strong Island brand with over 300 origami boats and 200 anchor medallions intertwined in the design of the dress.

You can find the dress currently on display in store now so pop in and check it out yourself.

You can find out more about Dumpster Design over on their website


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Photos by Aduroe Photography

Jam and Bowler

Coming soon to Victoria Road South will be Southsea’s newest eatery Jam and Bowler.

We will keep you up to date on all the announcements in the build up to the grand opening although you can also stay up to date with the upcoming announcements by following Jam and Bowler on Facebook, Twitter @JamandBowler and Instagram @JamandBowler.

Jam and Bowler

6 Nations Rugby at Southsea Castle

Next month the RBS 6 Nations begins and you will again be able to watch it live on a big screen at Southsea Castle. Entry will be free and there will be plenty of draught beer, cask ale, ciders and food available.

To stay up to date you can join the Facebook Event page HERE.


6 Nations

Created Local – Instagram @JonathanPink

Welcome to the first of a new Strong Island feature where we are looking to celebrate some of our favourite Instagram photographers who have links with our city. The first of which is Jonathan Pink who you can follow yourself on Instagram as @JonathanPink.

Can you tell us a little about yourself, where you are from and your links with Portsmouth if no longer living here?

I haven’t always been local to Portsmouth, but always visited and taken a keen interest in the city, it’s history and connection to the sea. I moved to Southsea two years ago after regularly visiting the city, getting to know it’s quirks and scratching the surface of what it’s about. I’m a graphic designer and commute to my job out of the city, I live with my partner and Miniature Dachshund name Hugo.

Do you have a favoured camera or device that you use for your Instagram photography?

I always use my iPhone6 for my Instagram photography. For me, Instagram is that instant capture of a moment in my life and the things I see. The phone makes it quick, easy and accessible.

Can you tell us more about your photographic experience, is this something that you’ve studied or maybe a hobby which you’ve developed?

Being a graphic designer, I consider myself a creative thinker and have always enjoyed different expressions of this. Photography being one. I own a Canon digital SLR which I use occasionally or for specific shoots, events or days out. I’ve never been trained in photography, but have naturally picked up the functionality and use of a camera on my way, capturing a great shot is something which come s little more naturally being a designer.

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Would you say that you take photos more for yourself or for others?

I take photographs for myself primarily, the instant enjoyment of finding, capturing and posting a photo of my everyday life. That said, my Instagram account is public, so there is a nature of enjoying other photography and them enjoying what I have taken.

Exploring the theme of the “Local”, Portsmouth has a wide variety of climatic conditions, buildings and landscapes. Are there any local places or environments that are personal to you or that you love to photograph for a particular reason?

Not coming from a city on the sea, I genuinely appreciate the shoreline, sea and walking our dog. The constant change in weather, seasons and activity makes this space an interesting one to live beside and take photographs of. From the summer sunsets, eerie fog, busy shipping lanes to the stormy solent. This space gives so much to me.

Are their any other photographers who either influence you or that you would encourage our readers to also check out?

Instagram photographers include the Isle of Wight based photographer Chad Powell (@isleofwightmilkyway), from New York Cubby Graham (@CubbyGraham) and locally based tattoo artist Louise Bush (@Lapin_Lou).

I generally enjoy a mixture of photographers, especially on Instagram. Those who inspire me, through their subject matter, style and general approach to life/photography and content different to my own.

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Of course you can also find Strong Island on Instagram under @StrongIslandUK and @StrongIslandClothingCo.

Turin Brakes Live at Pie & Vinyl

The awesome Turin Brakes will be returning to perform a free intimate gig at Pie & Vinyl on Wednesday 3rd February. The band previously performed in the shop back in October 2013 when it was just the single unit which to regular visitors seems like a lifetime ago!

Turin Brakes comprise of founding duo Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, as well as long-term collaborators Rob Allum and Eddie Myer. Lost Property is the band’s seventh studio album since their Mercury Music Prize nominated debut release The Optimist back in 1999.

The band will be performing from 7pm with the doors opening at 6:45pm. Entry on the night with be first come, first serve but there is a way to secure your place inside, you simply need to pre order the record here. Once purchased you will be invited to arrive earlier than advertised to collect your record and grab your spot near the front.

To stay up to date in the build up to the event get yourself onto the Facebook Event page here. You can also follow Turin Brakes on Facebook, Twitter @TurinBrakes and YouTube.

Turin Brakes

Pie & Vinyl by Sunny Lau
Pie & Vinyl by Sunny Lau

Blissfields 2016

Our friends over at Blissfields have today announced the first wave of their line up for this July’s “House Party” themed festival. Top billing at the event is will be grime-pop legend Dizzee Rascal and electro rock band Everything Everything.

They will be joined by Roni Size, Sundara Karma, Jones, Molotov Jukebox, Too Many T’S, and Serial Killaz not for forget it wouldn’t be Blissfields without the Dub Pistols and Beans On Toast. Blissfields have always been huge supporters of the Portsmouth music scene so you can be sure to see some local additions to the line up closer to the time.

Blissfields has a long tradition of being a launchpad for some of the best new music with the likes of Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, Sam Smith, Bastille, Ben Howard, The Horrors and London Grammar previously taking to the Main Stage.

A house party is nothing without the guests so find out how you can get yourself some tickets over at You can also follow the festival for updates on Facebook, Twitter @Blissfields and Instagram @blissfields.

Horrors Blissfields
Photo by Tony Jupp

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Last Day of the Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester

The Creating Balance Project exhibition’s current residency at the Pitfield Pop-Up in Winchester ends today with the exhibition receiving some really great comments and coverage on websites, etc. Below are some photos by our own Claire Sambrook from a recent visit when many of the project’s artist/designer/photographer participants went up for a look. See more of Claire’s Creating Balance Project photos over on here Flickr.

The Creating Balance Project exhibition will return home to Portsmouth on the 10th of January 2014 for an extended exhibition at Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf, with an opening party and a series of other events and activities to be announced very soon. Ourselves and Anglepoise® are all really looking forward to showing the project to everyone in Portsmouth very soon!

To find out more about the project and exhibition please visit:

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (1)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (2)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (3)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (4)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (5)

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Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (7)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (8)

The Infamous Harry Pounds Scrapyard Submarines

Many of you will remember the once iconic Submarines at the Harry Pounds Scrapyard on the way in to Portsmouth. We even featured a few photos by Robin Hinson back in 2010.

Although I never got to explore the sub aquatic giants myself I was lucky enough to find this little gem a few weeks ago. Although I can’t remember where, so sorry if I nabbed it and forgot to mention you.

Watch the video for a unique view of these “Uk, Admiralty Standard Range Diesels 16 Cylinder V mechanical supercharged monsters!”

Created Local – Carl Partridge

Portsmouth’s Carl Partridge is a local artist and photographer currently studying MA Communication Design up in that there London at Central St Martins. As well as all the awesome artwork on his website we particularly liked his Lomo Diana photos from round Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Be sure to look through the good work over at



Sunny Southsea

I went for bike ride today to take advantage of the nice, albeit cold, weather and take a few photos. Check them out over on my Flickr photostream.


Vintage Old Portsmouth Photograph

We’ve not had a vintage photograph for quite a while on Strong Island, and this one is a winner. This photo of the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth was taken in 1958 by Mark Kauffman for LIFE Magazine. Click this LINK for a larger version.


Thanks to Jubru for sending this over.

Tearing Down The House – Roller Hockey Club

It has been on the cards for a while now but finally yesterday the old Roller Hockey Club House at Southsea Skatepark was torn down. It had become unstable and hadn’t been used for a while. I was lucky enough to gain entry back last year and took a few photographs. If anybody has any old photographs of the club house seen in better times then please let us know.

The Old Days - Roller Hockey Club
Free Art and Live Painting Event at Southsea Skatepark

Lots of exciting plans at the Skatepark so watch this space.

This photo of Cody taking a leap of faith form the club house roof has always been a winner in my book.

NatWest Carved Map

The NatWest Bank in Palmerston Road has an amazing carved map of Portsmouth that I must have walked past on loads of occasions and never really stopped to look at. The map has many local landmarks highlighted plus the islands in both Portsmouth and Langstone harbours. Not sure exactly how old it is. Next time you pass by if you have a moment spare stop and have a look.

Vintage Southsea Postcards

You know we love a bit of vintage nostalgia here at Strong Island, and these old postcards of Clarence Pier are no exception. I always pick them up at the Car Boot sale opposite Clarence when I see one. When does the Car Boot start up again? Got to be soon. Answers on a postcard…



Local Photographer – Duncan Allan

We recently mentioned local photographer Duncan Allan’s framing skills but we also want to profile Duncan’s creative photography too. With a wealth of knowledge in different cameras and experimentation in many different techniques (both with film and with Photoshop and Lightroom), Duncan has a strong collection of images from the local area and all around the world. Here are a few of our favourites but they are just the tip of the iceberg, to see more check Duncan’s Flickr.

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Ash Cloud

I took these photos the other week when the ash cloud was at it’s worst, there are more over at Forever Circling. if you have any photos online taken around the island effected by the ash cloud please pop a link in the comments and we’ll post some up later this week.

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