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The Designers Republic

MADE NORTH today launches a new limited edition screenprint in collaboration with The Designers Republic™ and GF Smith paper. The (Made—) North of Nowhere™ print offers a uniquely TDR graphical representation of the differences between the north and south of England.

The biographical TDR™ design pulls no punches in giving an interpretation of regionalism in the UK and is a defiant statement in the face of recent news reports suggesting some ministers believe ‘failing’ northern towns should be ‘abandoned’.

Ian Anderson (Founder) of The Designers Republic said: “The map is a blown up scan of small (35mm high) sketch I made in my notebook around 15 years ago to explain to a journalist in the simplest possible terms why TDR™ found it easy to resist any perceived temptation to relocate 'Down South'. I was born in Croydon and subsequently lived on the outskirts of Bracknell New Town on the outskirts of London. As soon as I could I used going to University as an excuse to escape the claustrophobic one dimensionality of The South East and head for the adventure of real life in The North, in Sheffield, swapping the safe Stepford Wife existence of 'fitting in counting beans' for the safety-net free opportunity to 'stand up and be counted'. To a degree my political pilgrimage North was every bit as flawed as Northerners heading to London for streets paved with gold, but the sentiment in the map will hold true as long as there's shandy-quaffing Southerners intoning 'It's grim up North' having never had the bollocks to find out the truth for themselves.”

Patrick Murphy director of MADE NORTH, a platform and network for design and making in the north said: “We wanted to produce an archetypal work that graphically explores the idea of 'northern-ness' and what a difference between the north and south of England looks like. It has been great to work with Ian and the TDR team on this project. I can think of no other design studio more relevant or uniquely placed to produce this work.”

The print has been produced in a limited edition of 150, each screenprint individually hand pulled. A fluorescent ink is used so that the north/south border glows in the dark and uses GF Smith Ebony Black Colourplan 350gsm paper. Print size is 500mm x 700mm.

Prices are £120 unframed and can be bought at the print is also being displayed in the MADE NORTH Gallery in Sheffield.