Design’s an iconic pleasure, boosting funds

The first batch of specially designed T-shirts inspired by one of rock music’s most iconic record sleeves has sold out, boosting flood relief funds.

As Steve Gittner of local architects Gagarin Studio was watching the flood water devastate homes and businesses he thought of the iconic sleeve art on Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures which features the wavy lines formed by radio waves from a pulsar. Steve got to work drawing his own version of the sleeve for a T-shirt based on the tidal waves that crashed through the valley with the slogan Unknown Weathers, impressingHebden Bridge Trades Club fundraising team.

Steve said: “It was horrifying watching the floodwater wreak havoc along the valley but the community effort to rebuild again has been truly inspirational. After days of obsessing over river levels and pondering what else I could do to help, I came up with this idea which brought together my practice as an architect/designer and my love of music.

“When Pete Saville designed that Joy Division sleeve he created a timeless classic, and I wanted to do my own version that referenced his work, but more importantly added a high tide mark so people could see the scale of the disaster. I was astonished at the first 150 selling out at the Mark Thomas fundraising gig and record fair in aid of Muse Music.”

Local printers Calder Screens agreed to print it at cost, boosting the fund further. The T-shirts, at £12, will be available at Trades events.

l On Sunday February 7, there will be a floods fundraiser “pub” quiz at Hebden Bridge Golf Club, Mount Skip, which starts at 7.30am. Entry is £5 per person, admission on the door. For more information ring Frances Tighe on 07889 222446.

l Hebden Bridge Antiques Centre are having “A Bit Of A Do” at its new Valley Road home on Saturday, February 6, featuring Town Crier Les Cutts, vintage dressing up, balloons and face painting for kids, free coffee and cake and more (11.30am to 3pm), and there will also be centre reps in St George’s Square from time to time. And the following Saturday top auctioneers Eric Knowles, Paul Hayes and Tom Weekes will be hosting a valuation day. All are welcome to bring along antiques for a valuation or to sell.