This chap appeared after our visit to the Fry Gallery. We blogged a few weeks ago about the gallery and the amazing surge of inspiration that came from our visit. ‘Fresh Fish Cat’ has a 1950’s modernist vibe and his wooden fretwork flag – which you can’t see clearly in the pictures has a 50’s inspired border and Festival of Britain-ish fish. We wanted him to look kind of wistful with big imploring eyes that said ‘pleeease buy my fish’ – we hope we have achieved that. Do you like his Donegal tweed bag full of brightly coloured fish slung over his shoulder? He is standing on a section of the famous Brighton Pier that we finished in the workshop.
Fresh Fish Cat is one of the pieces we made for the Christmas selling show at the New Ashgate Gallery. It’s a show jam-packed with the very best high quality art and craft work in the UK and there are so many pieces which are ideal for presents. Wouldn’t it be lovely if ‘Fresh Fish Cat’ found his way in someones Christmas stocking?
The New Ashgate must like our work as its featured in their Christmas brochure and the main image on their website too. Just goes to show that our idea to mock-up a Christmas image back in August paid off!
The gallery is in Farnham, Surrey – a beautiful Georgian market town with the by-line of Craft Town as it is home to the Craft Study Centre, The University of the Creative Arts (where yours truly studied when it was West Surrey College of Art and Design), Unravel – The Festival of Knitting and lots of other events and craft orientated organisations too.
They always say give a job to a busy person if you want to get it done and that is right. At the moment we are Artist/Makers in a blur of activity and yet we still found time over the weekend to cook a new bread recipe, make some Scottish oatcakes and do some heavy-duty cake baking. But more of that in the next post…