To celebrate British craft and creative talent, Sunspel has worked with two friends-of-the-brand: the internationally renown Frieze Art Fair, and the current Associate Artist at the National Gallery, Michael Landy, to produce a limited edition printed t-shirt. All profits from the partnership will go to benefit the Royal Parks Foundation.
Using traditional printing techniques, Landy’s intricate drawing Sheperd’s Purse has been hand screen-printed in Nottingham onto our classic white t-shirt. We’ve used specialist inks that absorb into the fibre and naturally fade into the fabric to make sure the t-shirt remains soft, light and comfortable. Produced in a very limited run, this is a true collectors piece.
A true labour of love, the drawing has been painstakingly drawn to such detail that the artist has suffered slight sight and nerve deterioration. Shepherd’s Purse is one of several pieces that make up the Nourishment collection first displayed in 2002.
Curated by Matthew Slotover - the founder of the Frieze empire and a long-time friend of Sunspel (earlier this year Matthew was photographed for the cover shoot of Fantastic Man wearing one of our t-shirts) - the collaboration has its foundations in a shared passion for British art.
THE CURATOR: MATTHEW SLOTOVER
“I get enormous pleasure from working with such a variety of hugely interesting people. People who are bursting with incredible, creative ideas – and who are able to communicate them in an interesting and stimulating way.”
We recently popped in to see Matthew at Frieze’s headquaters at Rochelle School Canteen, just up the road from our Redchurch Street store in East London. After picking out a few of his favouroite pieces from the Sunspel collection for our Portrait Series, we caught up with the charming Mr Slotover on the topics of Frieze, collaboration and his impact on the UK’s cultural landscape.
THE ARTIST: MICHAEL LANDY
“I’m always having clear-outs, or I just don’t have them in the first place. Having said that, if I ever did it all again, obviously I’d never put any of my Sunspel gear into the shredder!”
“It’s a self portrait. It’s me as a rubbish bin.”
Not a sentence you hear everyday, but definitiely in keeping with the rest of our chat with Michael Landy over tea at the National Gallery. Other subjects covered include his residency at the Gallery, unexpected kindness and shredding all your worldly possesions.
THE CHARITY: ROYAL PARKS FOUNDATION
The Royal Parks Foundation maintains 5,000 acres of carefully conserved urban parkland in the heart of London; home to hundres of thousands of trees, plants and wildlife, plus numerous historic monuments and around 37 million visitors each year.