'Buffer Girls' T-Shirt - John Pedder


Hand printed

Ethically made

Eco friendly

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Product details

– 100% Organic Cotton 
– Style: Regular fit
– Colour: White
– Designed by John Pedder

‘Buffer Girls’ is a mashup between the mighty Sheffield Forgemasters steelworks and the equally mighty buffer girls who had a fearsome reputation if a man were to dare wander into their workshops. The cutlery feet are a frankly obvious nod to their skill in buffing up knives and forks to a glassy shine*
*Note from John: Apparently the cutlery feet are inaccurate as they buffed spoons and not sharp knives and forks. But as I’ve said many times before as I wave my artistic licence about my head, spoons would have looked crap!

About the artist

Woodcut printmaking slows me down and allows me to put great industry into the simplest mark. It also offers the magic of happenstance and unpredictability which allows no end of inspiration and frustration, but mainly inspiration. I made a conscious decision to fully embrace two dimensions so my work is right on the surface of the paper. I make no apologies for being the polar opposite of the ‘Star Wars’ special effects team but I don’t believe that my design rigor is any less sophisticated; I create restriction to search for creativity. You should try it, restriction is actually very liberating!

Why Printed by Us 

We are Printed by Us – an Archer Project Initiative

We employ people who have overcome homelessness and other adversities.

We run screen printing workshops, teaching new skills, as the people we work with move towards more fulfilling lives.

We collaborate with some of Sheffield’s finest artists to create unique designs.

We print artwork and garments

We sell what we produce.

We reinvest the profit.

We run more workshops.

We support more people.

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Printing Positive Change

This T-shirt was hand printed by a vulnerable adult in recovery from homelessness and other complex circumstances. They received the “Real Living Wage” for their efforts and every penny from this shirt goes back into growing Printed by Us.

Organic cotton

This item is made from organic cotton grown on a GOTS certified organic cotton farm in India. Organic cotton is grown without use of harmful chemicals and pesticides and uses less water – kinder to people and planet.


This T-shirt was handmade in a factory powered by green renewable energy in India which has been approved by the Fair Wear Foundation - a non-profit who assess fair and proper working conditions wages and employment terms.