We’re very excited about our upcoming edition of the Antithesis Collective. For the past two season, we have collaborated with designers to expand our collection range and develop a travel bag and a swimsuit, both products we were lacking the skills to make ourselves. This time, we’re working with Irem Arig, the talented knitter and entrepreneur behind Sheep of Steel. Born from Turkish parents, Irem grew up in Singapour, Shanghai and Dusseldorf before settling down in London to undertake a BA in Textile Design at Central Saint Martins. Specialising in Knitted Fabrics, she started spinning while working at the yarn shop Prick Your Finger. Shortly after graduation, she set up her own business designing and selling handspun and knitting yarns. Her beautiful yarns, made from locally-sourced and/or sustainable raw materials, are made by a collective of spinners across the UK. You can find her unique and colourful creations on her online store as well as in indie boutiques such as Knit with Attitude and Abstract Yarn Shop.
Irem comments: ‘Providing unique raw materials for designer makers to work with was a major reason for starting Sheep of Steel. Needless to say it’s been really exciting to create a bespoke yarn which is tailored to an Antithesis collection. To have an accessory made entirely of handspun yarn within the collection has also given us the opportunity to put handspun yarn into a high fashion setting as a unique luxury item. I really feel that collaboration is the way forward. By working together you have the chance utilize each others expertise, and achieve not only sophisticated but exciting, and innovative designs.’