Read today’s Q&A from Illustrator and blogger (writes fantastic blogs!) Craig at Fishink and find out about his latest work, latest commissions and where you can find him on this years Sale Arts Trail.
What is your practice? Materials? Processes?
My Business is called Fishink (www.fishink.co.uk). I’m Craig, a
Textile designer / Illustrator / blogger who works predominantly with
stationery products and hand-made collages featuring animal
illustrations. I design repeat patterns, then sketch birds, dogs,
cats, elephants etc on top of the printouts and finally cut them out
to create unique collages and stationery/ gift-ware products out of
these, appealing to all ages. I also run a blog (www.fishinkblog.com)
where I talk about a wide variety of artist’s work, across many
different disciplines, such as ceramics, illustration, textiles,
photography and painting. I sell to shops and galleries in Chorlton
and Manchester city centre.
What 5 words best describe your work?
Humorous, Quirky, Original, Illustrative and Animal-focussed.
Do you have any design heroes?
I love children’s illustrators from the 1960’s such as Charley Harper,
Helen Borten, Abner Graboff, Miroslav Sasek, Roger Duvoisin and
Bernice Myers, to name but a few !
Where is your studio?
I work from home and live in Chorlton.
Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio
Illustrating, researching, blogging, creating, printing, cutting-out,
thinking, experimenting, (hopefully) smiling and (usually) dog-walking
(not necessarily in the studio !)
Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
I’ve a commission for a family’s kitchen space in Edinburgh, the brief
is ‘ fun,light and airy ‘. The majority of my work is original, unless
it’s a print or reproduction of an original piece. I would like to
illustrate and decorate more ceramics, which is a project for the
Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?
I’ve visited before, but this is the first year I will be exhibiting.
What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?
As my work is predominantly original, all of the pieces for the Art
Trail will be new. I’ll have a collection of around 20 framed
illustrations, some smaller pieces and also a collection of hand-made
What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?
I’m (excitedly) exhibiting at the Minikin Emporium,11 Northenden Road,
Sale, M33 2DH (www.minikindesigns.com) A business where you can paint
your own designs onto ceramics, how perfect for me ! I’ll be
displaying my work alongside the wonderful bird creations of artist
Scott Millar. They should compliment one another very well.
Tell us something we don’t know
I once sold a range of prints to a famous English comedian/ TV
personality (who will remain nameless). Sadly I didn’t get to meet him
as it was all arranged through email, but his replies did make me