2017 projects, part one. Clothing.

This will be the first of a two-part blog, sharing with you a little information about some of the projects I have planned and scheduled for release in 2017, and who I aim to work with along the way.

What I really wanted to concentrate on this year, was to work with as many like-minded people as possible, and those that I feel can make a major contribution to the projects we release. With Love Your Hate coming first, I want to push on from there and work on collections that I feel represent the style of the artists I collaborate with.

First up, the aforementioned Love Your Hate brand will be launched at the end of this month, with the full range available exclusively online. I have tried my hardest to keep this as a stand alone project away from The Cove, and see how it fares on its own merit. what I have really enjoyed about starting this particular project, is the feedback I have received from people I have shown so far, to see what it means to them, and also the fact that this is starting something entirely from scratch. I haven’t had this feeling since planning the shop opening. I have just signed off on the clothing and products to be manufactured, so it’ll be great to see it all come together.lyh-lettersThe website is nearing completion, with only a few bits needing fine tuning. I have tried to simplify the site as much as i can, which ties in with the whole purpose of the brand anyway. Basic colours of Black, White and Pink comprise the theme of it all. It is down for a release date of Tuesday 28th of February, so check out loveyourhate.bigcartel.com then to see it in its entirety.

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One particular artist I have been speaking to about future collections and have been waiting patiently to finally work with, is tattoo artist Gem Carter. Currently working at Stay True Tattoo studio, in Ashburton, Devon, Her distinct style and colour choices are a massive reason why I feel that her designs will work perfectly on clothing garments. This will be the first artist I plan to work with, after the launch of LYH, and there are some pretty exciting announcements afoot with this already. To check out her work, which is absolutely amazing, you can find her on Instagram at Gem Carter Tattoo.

The next set of artists I would love to not only help push their own clothing brand, but to also work together on a range, are North Devon based artists Dot Outline, made up of young couple Matt Maddocks and Kirstie Rogers. I have been fortunate enough to watch these guys grow from the start of their brand, whilst also being able to support them at times with having their work on sale at the shop and public events. Their technique is so unique, with one doing the dot work and the other doing the line work on designs. The fact that they do this simultaneously makes the feat even more impressive. They have an exclusive online shop at Dot Outline, where you can go and check out their prints and work to buy.

Being situated next door to a tattoo studio, Roadhouse Tattoo Company, has given me an insight into the business more than I would ever been able to before, and to see the tattooists there grow as artists is always something I enjoy. Lucy Roadhouse and Kirsty Pryer have produced some excellent work in the past couple of years, and I am eager to work with both of them on some exclusive clothing at some point in the year too. The fact that they both have differing styles makes it even better, as we can work on differing ranges from the other. You can find their work on Instagram at Roadhouse Tattoo Co.

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As you can see, there are plenty of plans in the making right now, with even more to follow. My next blog will concentrate on the events side of things through the year, and how I plan to implicate fresh ideas into already tried and tested events, to keep things fresh and forward thinking, as well as creating brand new concepts, which can involve new creative people.

Love Your Hate

Before I start, these are purely all of my own thoughts. I know not everyone will think this way, and I completely respect that. All I ask, is you respect mine too 🙂

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A simple quote, but with a powerful meaning.

It’s 2017, and the world is run by social media and smart devices. We are very much in a time where you can live a whole day and not have to communicate to anyone face to face now. I’m not saying that all of the technology is bad, I mean had it not been for advancements, you wouldn’t be reading this blog now. What I worry about, is that for a lot of people, it becomes the sole way of communication, often forgetting those that don’t use it on a regular basis, or those that don’t quite get the concept of using it. These tend to be the ones that need to talk the most at times. What often pops into my head when I pass a table full of people, head down on their phones, is the irony of being “social”, but being so anti social at the same time. It’s quite a sight to behold, when you walk down a street and nine out of ten people will be typing, reading, listening to their devices, without any idea of their surroundings or who they pass by. Sometimes it’s just a case of looking up and making eye contact with someone, to show that you are there.

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What I have written there, is just one of a number of reasons I have chosen to start this new project. There are more issues involved than what I have expressed there, but what I want the words to represent is whatever you believe it be in yourself. Whether it be anxiety, depression, the fear of growing up and change, losing someone close to you, or even a relationship breakdown. It can all resonate with the meaning.

The end goal in all of this?

To talk more, to engage more, to love more. But face to face, as much as time can allow you to. I’ve always felt that issues can be helped and prevented, if you feel like someone is listening and speaking to you directly. I have experience in this, as I’m sure a lot of you do too. I want to help push the issue as much as people will allow me, and this is why I will be releasing my brand new clothing range next month, entitled LOVE YOUR HATE.


It will be a limited run initially, to see how people react to it. If the response is good, then I will press ahead with more additions to the range. The simplicity of the design is purposely made to show that all you need is a positive message. I have purposely placed the design onto the upper left chest area, located as close to your heart as a t-shirt design will allow! The garments are black and white, which I believe represents the feelings people can feel emotionally. The only colour I wanted to use, was in the word LOVE, which is a shade of pink, a colour a lot of people associate with the heart and love.

I will also be featuring a grey t-shirt option, with the print featuring on the whole chest area. This one is more to push the message in a bigger way, there is no way you’re missing it if you see someone wears it. There will also be pin badges added to the range too, so you can represent on a jacket, bag, hat or garment in an equally powerful way.

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The clothing range will be on sale exclusively at The Cove from February, and will also be available at http://www.thecoveboutique.bigcartel.com too. If you would be interested in finding out more about this exciting and potentially life changing brand, I look forward to hearing from you. My door is always open 🙂