Loughborough-born artist Mike Nelson has transformed Tate Britain's Duveen Galleries from hallowed hall to industrial scrapyard for his latest work, The Asset Strippers.
For the piece, Nelson has collected outcasts from Britain's waning industrial era, among them symbols of the once-glorious textiles industry. Looms and knitting machines pose as sculptures, often with colourful spools still attached, as if ready to whirr into action.
The installation explores a nation which, while turning inwards politically, has all but ceased to provide for itself. Where Britain was once a shining example of industry, it is now a nation reliant on foreign goods, from the cars that we drive right down to the clothes we wear.
In 2018, almost £20 billion worth of garments were shipped in from overseas, making it the fifth largest area of import behind only oil, medicine, cars and power generators. But despite this, the British textiles industry has, in recent years, shown noticeable growth.
A handful of brands are choosing to invest in time-honoured craftsmanship, sourcing locally-made fabrics and employing factories in London, Manchester, the Midlands and elsewhere.Here, we take a look at two of the most exciting menswear brands born, bred and manufactured at home.
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