This took a little longer than hoped but for the first time we thought we’ld try and make a note of all the things Strong Island got up to last year. We’re not the best at letting people know what we do (too busy sharing what you lot get up to). Some of the headlines, as it were, included:
– Two large exhibitions
– Working with almost 1000 young people and adults with photography, film & animation workshops
– Two stages at two festivals
– Three releases by the record label
– Opening of Strong Island Co
So if you’ve ever wondered what a year in Strong Island is like, here is part one, covering the first six months of January through to June. Part 2 later this week!
Strong Island went straight in to a hectic first month of 2014 with a few ongoing projects running through from 2013. Our main 2013 project was Creating Balance which brought together ten Portsmouth artists/designers and teamed them up with 10 Portsmouth photographers, with all groups given an Anglepoise lamp for inspiration. The project had heavy coverage in national newspapers and had two very successful exhibitions in 2013, one in London at the London Design Festival and one in Winchester. In Late January we opened the Creating Balance exhibition at Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth, with an opening night that was the busiest yet for the gallery.
Back in November we had joined the Portsmouth Shipbuilding consortium as one of the founding members and the month saw the new website going up and the continued lobbying of trying to continue shipbuilding in the city.
Our animation project with young people from Portsmouth Autism Support Network finished with a film screening at John Pound Centre. The film was written, designed and animated by the group who also recorded all their own music and sound effects. The project was part of Artswork’s Strong Voices programme of activities and involved working with Portsmouth’s Arthur Conan Doyle Collection.
February was a busy month for Strong Island Media with many children and young people workshops in film, animation and photography in Portsmouth, Basingstoke and Gosport. We also worked with the University of Portsmouth and Sharon Court on the Far From Home project which connected university students with ex-service personnel and their families.
Our 4th Strong Island Homebrew competition saw the most brews entered in the history of the competition. The winner went on to be brewed by Irving & Co and sold in pubs and bars in Portsmouth and beyond.
February also saw the launch of Strong Island Recordings’ first album: the awesome Something by Yoofs. The band and the release were featured on many websites including Vice.
Possibly the businest month ever for Strong Island media with a solid month spent in Winchester on a Lottery Heritage Fund project with Winchester Theatre Royal and ten groups from 9 Winchester schools. Each school had two days on the project, the first day a film or animation workshop and the second spent writing & filming or animating their own film about the history of the theatre. The project involved working with almost 250 young people with 10 films produced.
The month also included filming at night with Portsmouth visual artist Jez Stevens on a film commission from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Jez created a number of projections on both the soon to be opened Babcock Galleries and The Submarine Museum. The films were used to promote the opening of both cultural attractions.
In March the Tricorn exhibition opened at Portsmouth City Museum and included two aspects that Strong Island had worked on. The first was the large community photography panel. We had in previous months asked people to submit their photography of the Tricorn and the best images were put together in to a large wall section. Strong Island also worked with nine local artists, photographers and designers in producing the Tricorn Artist Series of prints depicting the structure. These prints were displayed in the exhibition and on sale in the museum shop.
The Far From Home project exhibition was held in the brand new exhibition space in the new Eldon wing of Portsmouth University. The exhibition included photography, film, illustration and more by final year students, work inspired by the lives of local ex-service personnel and families. The exhibition saw all participants come down and enjoy the event.
With the arrival of the sun and spring a new film project began with two schools as part of the Entrenched Project, working in partnership with Hampshire County Council and two other Hampshire based production companies. Strong Island Media worked with Crofton School in Stubbington and Wildern School in Whiteley on films relating to the First World War.
Workshops also began on the My Life project, run with the award winning SPUD group. The film & photography workshops begun with a youth group in Netley View, focusing on their local community and how young people are represented.
In the run up to the end of May’s Portsmouth Street Games event at Guildhall Square three short teaser films were produced by Strong Island Media featuring My Dog Sighs, Effraim Catlow & Most Wanted, showcasing the street art, BMX and street dance aspects of the event.
The My Life project continued, this time working with a group of young carers in Romsey who created a film that tried to tackle local misconceptions on young people and their contribution to society. Their film was screened to their friends and family and local dignitaries. A third group for the My Life project was a youth group in Burley in the New Forest. The group focused on photographing their local areas looking for what made the area both good and bad to live in as a young person. The group exhibited their photography at a final exhibition to family and local councillors.
The month began with the Portsmouth Street Games weekend. Strong Island Media were the official media partners for the event and produced a film for the organisers and participants.
A series of four adult photography workshops for Chichester Harbour Conservancy began, with them running through the summer months. The workshops looked at photography in Bosham, on the beach of Hayling Island and from the Solar Heritage boat out in the harbour. Photography workshops were also given to GCSE students from the Chichester High School for Boys at Chichester Harbour Conservancy’s education centre at Dell Quay. For the third year running these workshops introduced photography skills on ‘walkshops’ around the harbour shoreline.
Strong Island worked for Anglepoise through to June producing a series of short films on four of their product collections, these films were for their new website. The films can be viewed HERE.
June also saw the release from Strong Island Recordings of the Sandscrape EP by GANG.
In the run up to this years’ festive celebrations, we will be extending our opening hours from our usual 10-6 Thursday to Saturday at the Strong Island Co. shop on Highland Rd. Starting from next week, we’ll be doing two late shopping evenings on Thursday 18th December and Saturday 20th December until 8pm alongside usual hours on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th for all your last minute gift needs.
If that’s still not enough, you can always order through our online store though you’ll have to get your orders in by Thursday 18th to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas and you’ll miss out on fantastic shop exclusive stocking fillers like the beautiful Field Notes notebooks we now distribute.
Hope to see you all in the shop soon!
It’s that time of the year when dozens (if not hundreds) of Strong Islanders head over to the Isle of Wight for Rob Da Banks Bestival extravaganza. Since it’s beginnings the Southsea contingency has gone from strength to strength, and this year will be no exception.
As always we’re super excited to be going over and it looks like the weather is going to be on our side this year. I know I’m leaving my wellies at home, that’s for sure! The sneak peaks of sunshine is getting everyone even more eager than normal to go get involved.
Over the years we’ve seen a nice steady increase of people representing our tees and this year we hope to see even more. If you’re going over and fancy a chance to win a Strong Island Care Package full of goodies then it couldn’t be easier. Get a photo of yourself, your friends, a stranger or just a RAD photo of someone repping Strong Island and having fun.
You can email the photo’s to email@example.com or simply hashtag #strongislandclothingco or #strongrepresent on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook for your chance to win. Make sure to tag all your friends.
Whether your going over to the festival or staying at home in Southsea have a great one and enjoy the sunshine.
It took us two years of searching for just the right manufacturer but finally this summer we we’re able to release the ‘Down the Hatch’ Strong Island enamel mug at Victorious Festival. Built from scratch in Gdansk, Poland by a company steeped in enamelware heritage, we have been able to work with the manufacturer on the two colour, three point design (front, back and base) as well as carefully selecting the paint colours inside & out, including the hand-painted mug handle. Not your every day mug and rough, rugged and ready to be used out camping, sailing, cycle touring and at home. Every mug comes carefully boxed in Southsea with a handstamped tag plus Down the Hatch sticker, pin badge and beermat.
This run of enamel mugs in limited to just 100 and due to the really strong demand at Victorious (we are now down to the last 20 or so) it has taken a little while to get them online but as of now the mugs are available in Shop Ahoy HERE for £14 plus P&P.
This design is also available on an extra special Down the Hatch navy pocket tee too.
Thank you for being patient and thank you as always for your incredible support!
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…
The initial drop of the new summer 2014 collection by Strong Island Clothing Co. is now available to buy online in the Shop Ahoy store HERE. We’ve also put together a quick video lookbook from the recent Dell Quay shoot to, have a watch below. To coincide with this drop we’ve given the website a little tidy up and fixed a few things here and there too.
Check the full lookbook HERE and below are a few photos of the new designs and colours:
The Summer 2014 collection from Strong Island Clothing Co includes two collaboration tee designs by multi award winning designer and hand type virtuoso Andy Lethbridge aka Hand Type. Over the last two years Andy has become an exceptional talent able to create beautiful type all by hand. For the first logo tee the design is drawn with brush pen, the second is all hand formed with pencil…each taking an impossibly steady hand and awe inspiring skill and dexterity. The work behind these two designs was captured on film by Andy, who produced this short film for the collaboration.
We are exceptionally proud to have worked with this University of Portsmouth graduate who is destined for a very bright, creative future. To see more Hand Type goodness and Andy’s other incredibly good graphic design visit:
We’ve been exceptionally busy over at Strong Island HQ for the best part of 2014 so far and the latest Strong Island Clothing Co range has been in development for some time. We are now proud to announce the launch of our latest line of tee and crew designs for the Summer. This is the biggest run we have done to date and we wanted to ensure it was a really strong range so didn’t want to rush it.
We have a wide range of new colours and designs including our first 2 colour print on the popular Refuse to Sink and a return to our second tee style back in 2010 with a backprint (this time in navy) in the classic Strong Island logo. We also have a seriously strong collaboration with University of Portsmouth graduate and award winning letterform designer Andy Lethbridge AKA Hand Type. These are something truly special and we’re really stoked how they came out, the detail in the print really reflects the brush strokes of Andy’s work. We will have more on Hand Type and the development of these designs on Strong Island soon in a full interview. We also have pocket tees with the new Down the Hatch design which form part of something we are keeping under our hats for bit…some old favourites have been revisited too with new colourways and 2 new graphic tees as well. Our latest crew retains the same quality as before featuring ribbed side panels, a back neck loop, deep cuffs, a double v-insert on the neckline and raglan sleeves but with new striped cuffs. With a more contemporary and slimmer fit than most sweatshirts it’s certainly a more premium line. As always all our tees and crews are hand screenprinted in East London by the mighty Lovenskate, including the anchor signoff on the back and detail on the inside neck.
We have a few more mini launches coming up over the next few weeks including more tees, something for the cyclists out there, some very special hand produced items from Poland using original 1940’s techniques and also something to lounge on in summer and keep you warm in the winter. Not to mention another very special artist collaboration too.
All of the tees and crews from the main, initial drop will be available this weekend during Head Jam at Head Hairdressing, 53 Albert Road, Southsea (weather permitting). They will then go online in Shop Ahoy next week.
For now please enjoy our latest Lookbook shot by Strong Island Media over at Dell Quay, Chichester. The perfect day to go for a wander around the marina, fields and woodlands with a few cheeky beers at the Crown & Anchor.
It’s always great to see folks wearing our gear, so it was a nice surprise to see Civilisation Of the Rough‘s DJ Steve Laming representing Strong Island and COR at the Electric Elephant Festival in Croatia last weekend.
After such an incredible response to our new Knitted Bobble Hats we are pleased to announce they will be restocked this month. Due to very tight deadlines with our suppliers in Scotland they will not land till the 21st December though (fingers crossed)! Pre orders are available now over at Shop Ahoy HERE and all purchases made by the 22nd December will go out on Monday the 23rd 1st Class Recorded. This however there is no guarantee they will arrive on time for Christmas however, but we’ll give it a damn good go for you
If like many it’s a personal Christmas treat for yourself we hope you don’t mind any delays that may occur once in the post and sadly out of our hands. If we are let down by transport or force majeure for instance, and they do not arrive on time, all orders will receive a bunch of extra goodies for free.
We can’t thank you enough for your huge support of the last few weeks. We sold out of all our Bobbles in under a week, and since the 1st December you have all purchased over 130 items and even sold us out of 300 calendars. We really owe the continued growth of not only Strong Island, but all of our other endeavours to you guys. Stay RAD and have a great Christmas period whatever you’re doing.