Botany (Sydney Parkinson)



This t shirt admires 18th century botanical sketching, particularly by Sydney Parkinson, Sir Joseph Banks’ illustrator on board the Endeavour with Captain James Cook. The voyage made by Cook in the late 1700’s was quite an achievement, he studied the transit of Venus across the sun (eclipse) in Tahiti then revealed his secret orders to his crew that they were to map and claim the “Great Southern Land” or Terra Australis for the British Empire. Most of the coastline of the Eastern coast of Australia was unknown, as were the flora and fauna. Sir Joseph Banks, naturalist and botanist accompanied Cook and logged and documented thousands of new species. These days, Banks could easily walk up and take a photograph of the alien species and continue, but back in 1770 they didn’t have that option, so each and every new plant or animal had to be sketched by hand. Enter Sydney Parkinson. Sydney was Joseph Banks assistant on that historic voyage and was the person responsible for illustrating the new and exciting species Banks discovered. Banks himself didn’t actually draw anything, it was Sydney who completed over a thousand illustrations which helped cement both Cook’s and Banks’ success when they returned to England. Unfortunately for Sydney Parkinson, he was not as lucky and died from dysentery on the way home at the young age of 26. I feel he is under-appreciated and deserves to be admired for his enormous talent with the paintbrush especially considering he had to work in difficult conditions, living and working in a small cabin surrounded by hundreds of specimens… In Tahiti he was plagued by swarms of flies which ate the paint as he worked! Admire Sydney Parkinson by wearing this t shirt.

The shirts:

These t shirts are unique for being made exclusively for us wholly with cool-max-image-e1485361440757.png fibres ring spun into yarns manufactured exclusively for WeAdmire. These yarns are then knitted into a single jersey fabric suitable for t shirts.

The CoolMax bit exploits the surface tension of water to wick moisture from your skin. It works through micro channels engineered into the profile of the fibre. These channels are physical attributes, they are there for the life of the fibre.

The Fresh FX bit embeds a silver salt in the molecular structure of the fibre that stops the propagation of bacteria which, left unchecked, ultimately cause a sour odour. Because the silver salt is embedded within the fibre it, like the wicking, is similarly permanent; it will not leech out with wear and washing.

These attributes deliver shirts that remain cool and dry almost regardless of what you might do in them and similarly they remain fresh. And the ongoing performance of the fabric is guaranteed. This is important, these shirts will become your favourite items of apparel, you will want to wear your shirts again and again.

These shirts are marvellous to travel with, they stay fresh if you don’t have the chance to wash them, they wash easily when you do have the chance, and they dry super quickly. There is also a very useful side effect to all this: our shirts keep anything you wear on top of them and what you might wear after wearing them fresher too.

The cut and fit and sizing of these shirts is exclusive to us and was specified by Anastasia Vouyouka, a published guru of fit in the fashion industry.

The feel of the very best natural fibre shirts you have experienced with the performance of the fibres that set the benchmarks for wicking and freshness. It is very unlikely you will have experienced this level of technical performance in a decorated t shirt before.

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