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Fishink at The Print Fair, The People’s History Museum

March 21, 2016

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Saturday was a treat to pop into the People’s History Museum and take in the delights of the eleventh Manchester Print Fair. With over 40 artists attending and showing their work, there was a great cross-section of styles to be found. Like these beautiful lino cuts by James Green. I did love his donkeys.

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A couple more from James including some Sheffield landscapes and some fetching woodland animals.

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Another James working with linocuts and screen prints, was Leeds based illustrator James Bywood.

I liked his use of layering and textural techniques very much. Great colour sense too.

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This serene capture of the Boathouse on Crummock Water (above) was probably my favourite.

I discovered more intricately-styled Cards, prints of 3-d birds and flowers by the organisor of the Girls Who Draw collection, Karoline Rerrie.

We worked out that we had spoken before but it must have been about 8 years previously at one of the Manchester Book Fairs, great to chat again and see her work going from strength to strength.

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A new company to me was The Lost Fox showing their range of simplistic, yet elegantly sophisticated, limited edition screen prints.

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Artist Kim Hubball working as Northern Sun, creates some wonderfully retro-modern designs. Starting out drawing commissions of mothers with their babies, Kim is moving into the world of textile designs and all over repeat designs. Great colours again.

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Finally, from the brief selection of artists who caught my eye today, was the work of The Owlery and Sheffield designer and self taught pattern-maker, Ben Partridge. Ben is branching out from working with children with learning difficulties to creating new ranges of designs and inter-connecting prints on animal themes. He has a great attic space where he can work from and already sells through other shops and outlets. The best of luck Ben, it’s a great collection.

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Thanks to everyone I chatted to and who let me show their work to you, the Fishink readers. I hope you’ll visit their websites and buy a little something too.

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