At the turn of this new year a new Southsea based clothing company Death Marks launched with their first drop of garments ranging from beanies through to tees, hoodies and coach jackets. We caught up with owners Sian & Iiona to find out more.
How did Death Marks begin and what are your backgrounds? Death Marks UK started when Iiona looked through Sian’s sketch book and saw the R.I.P Rabbit design. Sian said how she would love to take her sketches and make a clothing line as it was a dream of hers. Iiona has always had a passion for graphic design and wanted to support her partner Sian and experiment her skills in different medias.
Sian studied graphics design at Portsmouth college and had 2 years experience working for a design agency called Design Image as a website coder.
Iiona had studied graphics from GCSEs to A-level and now works as a multimedia designer creating animations, illustrations and interactive content.
Who creates your artwork and what inspires your designs? All our designs are created in-house. Sian comes up with the designs and draws them up rough. Then either one of us will digitalise the design and after Iiona goes through each design so that it is perfected and final. Iiona will take the design and create and animation to help tell the story behind it.
We are inspired by the tattoo industry, alternative music scene and other clothing lines such as Drop Dead clothing, Doomsday and Honour Over Glory.
What do you have planned for the label in the coming months? Over the coming months we have south coast events planned in Portsmouth and Southampton. We have a gig at the Edge of the Wedge in April that we are working with Eyeless Promotions, another independent company who have also just started up this year. In May we have a festival in Southampton called Messtival where we will have a stall, in June we are releasing our summer range. Currently we are organising an event with Southsea Skatepark in the summer with Archie Cole, a world champion scooter rider.
Check the photos below of the current Death Marks range, you can find out more and buy items from the Death Marks website at:
Along with many other people on the planet, Garry Davis had a collection of worn-out and almost unwearable Levis cluttering up the house that he didn’t want to throw out. This got Garry wondering what great artists of the past would have done with theirs (as Garry himself points out, some of them DID wear them).
Using the Levis as canvas, Garry created a series of paintings to breathe new life in to the iconic denim as you can see from the photos below. The pieces are created using acrylics and plaka paint, then tacked/mounted to 4 foot x 3 foot matt black plywood and finished with a light spray varnish.
You can see more of Garry’s work on his Facebook page HERE.
Our Strong Island Recordings label has its eight release today being from the incredible Glaswegian dreampop/shoegaze outfit Life Model. As well as being available via digital from stores such as iTunes and Amazon we have also decided to release the single alongside a limited run of t-shirts that will come with a digital download code of ‘Lilt’ plus a very exclusive b-side being ‘Enough (To Know)’. The guys have gained support from the likes of BBC Radio, NME, Fake Diy and Amazing Radio and we’re incredibly stoked to release them as we’ve been long time fans. Go check out the single below from the official video then maybe purchase the single and or a t-shirt as well? You can purchase the tees via online or in our store at 12 Highland Road which is open between 10-6pm from Thursday to Saturday.
Hot on the heels of the December release by Strong Island Recordings of ‘Here Comes Yesterday’ by Tasmanian psych-pop 6 piece band Violet Swells (which you can listen to HERE or on Spotify and buy on iTunes) is news of the first 2015 release.
The 8th official release by Strong Island Recordings will be ‘Lilt’ by Glaswegian shoegaze/dreampop band Life Model, out to buy from the 2nd of February and can be listened to below. As a special edition of the single the label is producing a limited edition ‘Lilt’ tee with the artwork screen printed with soft inks on a premium white t-shirt. The tee comes with a download code for not only ‘Lilt’ but also exclusively the b-side track ‘Enough (To Know)’.
Before the release date the tee is available as a pre-order on the Strong Island Co online store, with all pre-orders and codes to be sent out after the release date of the single. The tee will also be available in-store from the 2nd too.
You can pre-order your tee and the single plus b-side HERE for only £15.
Strong Island invites all our friends old and new to our new home in Southsea, opening this Saturday (15th November) from 10am. Strong Island at 12 Highland Road is a new shop and exhibition space, stocking all of the Strong Island Clothing Co range, a selection of high quality art prints, releases from Strong Island Recordings plus a collection of fine leather accessories from Raw & Auburn. We will also have monthly guest artists and designers selling their work too.
Our first exhibition in the space is a retrospective of some of the designs, projects and events we have worked on in our 6 year history. We’ll be having regular exhibitions throughout the year with shows by local and visiting artists, designers & photographers.
Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea, PO4 9AH.
We will be open every week on Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10am to 6pm.
Designer Russell Hardman‘s work should be instantly recognisable to the people of Portsmouth and especially those who shop in Bored of Southsea. Russell’s awesome work includes the Portsea Island Apparel, Southsea Fest 2014/Longlive Coop Stage – Vintage Panini Poster and of course the LongLive Southsea Apparel.
Earlier in the year Russell collaborated with embroidery specialists David Sharp Ltd for the Printwear and Promotion Live event at the Birmingham NEC. The final product looks fantastic and sadly is a one off. You can however get your hands on the LongLive Southsea gear over on the Bored of Southsea website – www.boredofsouthsea.co.uk
Need some fresh new gear for the party season? Of course you do. Go grab a slice of local skater run clothing company Signature’s style right HERE. Tie Dyes and Beanies are £10, all other tees are £15. FREE UK dleivery, £5 for international delivery.
All photos by the wonderfully tweaked James Sharp and modelled by Jackson Allgrove and Rose Roylance.
Friend of Strong Island and one of our most loved creatives Ami Lowman has just released the images of her second lingerie collection. Ami who launched Mia Mai after graduating from Portsmouth Uni in 2006 has created collections of handmade and customized vintage clothing over the last few years in addition to her artwork and freelance teaching.
In 2012 Ami and Mia Mai took her career in a new direction designing a collection of lingerie to debut at the first ever Southsea Fashion Week. Two years on and this new collection showcases the designers unique approach to lingerie. She designs and creates garments that deserve to be shown off as apposed to hidden away under clothes. The collection has a huge ethnic inspiration and is made using vintage materials, donated clothing, jewellery, vintage laces and Indian trims.
Ami will be taking her beautiful collection to Brighton Fashion Week next month to take part in a curated Fashion Market featuring 40 handpicked designers and artists from across the country. Mia Mai accepts bespoke commissions for lingerie sets, to enquire or to see more of Ami’s work visit her website www.miamai.co.uk, Facebook and Twitter @MiaMai.
This year has already seen two impressive Contemporary Makers Fair’s in the Aspex Gallery, Gunwharf Quays. This November they’re back and again looking for contemporary fine-craft artists and designers to exhibit with them on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th November, between 11am-4pm.
Aspex describes the event as a “professional development opportunity for craft artists and makers that will include a curated showcase of exhibited works with the chance to sell direct to the public.” The cost to participants are £28 for a single day or £50 for the whole weekend. To apply for this opportunity please send an email containing 5 images of your work and your contact details to email@example.com.
For an idea what to expect you can find out more about Augusts event HERE.
With payday just around the corner we’re offering a free tee to the first 10 people to make a full price purchase of any Strong Island Clothing Co. tee over at Shop Ahoy. This offer is only available on Friday 1st August 2014 so you’ve got to be in it, to win it…
I just found these great illustrations from local web designer and photographer Weaver on one of my random web travels. I’m loving the Hilsea Lido and Carlton Cinema depictions. Check out Weavers Flickr for more Portsmouth illustrations and a whole bunch of local photography and more besides. They would make amazing prints i think you’ll agree.
I just can’t find the right images for this! Strong Island is 1 whole year old this Sunday the 27th. Time surely does fly hey. Meet us for a beer if you’re out and about. I think there’s something going on Albert Road this Sunday too…
Marcus Hunt has rigged together an amazing radio controlled camera set up with a kite which allows him to capture photos of local places in and around Portsmouth with a unique perspective. Unlike photos from aeroplanes, the kite allows for photos from low altitudes giving way more detail. To see loads more than the photos below be sure to spend some time looking through Marcus’ Kite photo Flickr set.
Portsmouth Film Society is taking part in the BBC series of events celebrating local history through archive film, in partnership with the Wessex Film and Sound Archive. Join PFS for a look back at Portsmouth and Southsea history on the big screen, with a talk from local artist Jez Stevens who will discuss his project “No Diving” on the Hilsea Lido, which uses footage from local amateur filmmakers taken at the Lido, and Portsmouth historian Dr. Dave Allen.
Date – Wednesday, November 16 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Omega Centre, Portsmouth.
Entry is £2 or free for full Portsmouth Film Society members.
No Diving film
For those of you that missed our post of Dave Allen’s lecture here it is below.
The other day I got to go up on to the roof of a house on Western parade with a great view over the common, Southsea and The Solent. Always interesting seeing Southsea in new ways. Below are some photos (click on ‘Read More’ to see more plus there are more over on Forever Circling).