MADE NORTH Edition#1

September 13th, 2013  |  Published in blog, Projects, Uncategorized


MADE NORTH presents EDITION#1 an Exhibition and Designer Talks by Ian Anderson, Craig Oldham and Jonathan Wilkinson. Edition#1 is celebration of contemporary northern graphic art, design and illustration. In partnership with the Toffee Factory EDITION#1 will showcase a selection of the best contemporary limited edition prints and zines produced by northern designer/makers. The exhibition takes place from the 10th – 19th October during the Northern Design Festival.

Exhibition + Talks

There is an evening of designer talks by leading northern designers on Monday 14th October 6.00pm-8.00pm. Alongside this is an exclusive EDITION#1 pop up shop offering original and affordable artwork and prints.

Designers include:
/ The Designers Republic
/ Craig Oldham
/ OWT Creative
/ We Live Here
/ Catalogue
///////// and many more

Ltimited Edition Print
We will also be launching The Designers Republic + MADE NORTH Limited Edition print (Made – North of Nowhere) at the event. Other TDR work will be available to buy.

Exhibition runs from the 10th – 19th October, tickets for the talks are available below. Please note places are limited so please remember to book 


Born before England won the World Cup in Croydon, London’s erstwhile orbital city of the future, Ian studied Philosophy at The University of Sheffield (1979 – 1982). As a designer he is self-taught. He declared The Designers Republic on Bastille Day 1986 in Sheffield (which he dubbed SoYo™ North of Nowhere™).

TDR’s work is credited with defining the visual language of dance music, electronica and the Playstation gaming generation, post-flagship title WipEout. Ian has worked with architects such as Sadar + Vuga, built environment developers Urban Splash and RREEF, fashion designers such as Issey Miyake and currently Rick Owens, and has developed global branding campaigns, identities and Special Projects for the likes of Coca-Cola, Sony (including Aibo), Nokia, Telia, MTV and Nike. In 1994 Rudy Vanderlans dedicated an entire issue of Emigre Magazine to TDR.

In 1996 TDR had their first NYC show at Artists Space. In 2001, their book 3D>2D was the biggest selling UK architecture book. In 2006 Ian was co-curator of Echo City, The British Pavilion at the 10th Venice Biennale for Architecture.

In 25 years Ian has lectured to over 70,000 people around the world, had over 25 ‘solo’ TDR exhibitions, launched The People’s Bureau For Consumer Information and The Pho-ku Corporation, had a good time but still not managed to finish the TDR book.

Anderson currently continues to run The Designers Republic, and is also Creative Director (comms) for EXD (The Lisbon Biennale) and The Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival, a patron of Site Gallery, a member of AGI, a writer of columns, an educator (running Design Thinking courses at Universities in Manchester and Sheffield), an exhibited artist and, when the moon is full, he DJs as Pho-Ku Polluted Rockers.




Craig Oldham is a Designer, Educator, Writer, Procrastinator, Artist, Publisher, Film-maker, Philanthropist, Intervenor, Letter-writer, Theorist, Website-Up-Putter, Lamenter, Conspiracist, and Yorkshireman, all done at his own practice, The Office of Craig Oldham.

He’s worked with a lot of people you will have heard of, and a lot of people you probably haven’t. He’s won some awards, written some articles, been in, and written, books, had work on TV shows and in newspapers, been in—and held—exhibitions. He sits on committees, global awards juries, educational panels (as well as seats, sofas and chairs).

He drinks way too much tea and, apparently, wears weird shoes.




Jonathan graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2001 with a degree in Painting and Printmaking and started off his career in graphic design. Inspired by the brutalist surroundings of Sheffield’s urban landscape and the looming destruction of the Tinsley Towers, he launched an online store for his own art, ‘We Live Here’, in 2007. Jonathan’s pared-back and architectural style quickly gained him a local following which now stretches far beyond Sheffield. His commissions include art prints for the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Sheffield Theatres, the National Theatre, RIBA and The Sage Gateshead.

Last year, Britarama marked the beginning of a new style for Jonathan, with this series he has attempted to create a more hyperreal image that sits somewhere between illustration and photography. A solo painting exhibition at Sheffield’s A Month of Sunday’s gallery launched this series of works. He counts the painters George Shaw, Edward Hopper and Patrick Caulfield as influences, as well as the anonymous photography of British tourism postcards and classic illustrated posters.





Catalogue is and independent Graphic Design studio based in the North of England, established in 2010. Catalogue work for both commercial clients and on self initiated projects. Extended self initiated projects include independent publishing platform Catalogue Library (Est. 2011) which is an independent publishing platform for artists and designers.The project embodies the idea that zines should be a quick representation of a subject or idea. This ethos is carried through into the production of our zines, printed with basic materials and made by hand. They also produce the bi-annual Graphic Design magazine Library Paper. Library Paper is an up-to-date representation of varied design/art practices from all around the world giving readers an insight into the artists thoughts.


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MADE NORTH is a platform for northern designer/makers. MADE NORTH brings together the industry in an annual conference; showcases and promotes work via contemporary gallery space in the heart of Sheffield and online It will also designer/makers through a membership, events and network programme.

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