This is the sketchbook for the Lamp print, one of Gerry's earliest illustrations for Plane Clothing. It's a classic that's been with us since the start. The star of the print is an old Anglepoise lamp in our studio. Above you can see the initial photorgaph and some of the early sketches and colour samples.

Design what you see

Our print pays homage to one of the classic lamps out there, the Anglepoise lamp much by illustrators, designers and architects around the globe.

Gerry's inspiration came from an interview with British Sea Power where it was suggested that a good songwriter should be able to open a paper at any page and write a song about the first article he reads. Gerry decided to turn the first thing he saw in his studio into an illustration. And that's how the Lamp print came to be.

An iconic lamp

The Anglepoise lamp is a balanced-arm lamp designed in 1932 by British designer George Carwardine. Carwardine was actually a car designer and an expert on vehicle suspension systems.

He had created a mechanism which he recognised could be used in other fields, for example in a lamp. The many rumours that the concept had something to do with emulating the movements of a human arm are supposedly false.

Carwardine applied for a patent, number 404,615, for a lamp design using the mechanism on 4 July 1932, and manufactured the lamp himself in the workshops of his own company. The lamp turned out to be a hit, the business grew and the Anglepoise became a design classic.


Our illustration

Here you've been able to see our design process of the lamp print. As with the other illustrations Gerry starts out with taking a photo that is traced on a computer to make the final print. The lamp is screen printed onto a garment and the flex and logo are heat-pressed on in flock.

Lamp is available as a the t-shirt in white, graphite. And as a sweatshirt in black.