Guest Artist Spotlight – Jackie, the Fingersmith

All artists are artists, but not all artists work with a brush and paper. Join us as we have a sit down at The Fingersmith Letterpress’s (a.k.a. Jacqueline Goh) studio and pick her brain on how her works go from concept to press.

Tell us about yourself and what you do…

The Fingersmith Letterpress is a letterpress printing studio specializing in illustration and hand-lettering. We churn out kooky works and do not take ourselves very seriously.

Why ‘The Fingersmith’?

I like how it has the connotation of someone being very deft with their fingers. After a week of sleeping on a company name, I woke up one fine day, mumbling ‘The Fingersmith’ randomly.

So what have you been up to since the last IAF?

Since the last IAF, I’ve added seven (7) more destination postcards to the ongoing travel series and ‘Sexidents’ zine, which are now stocked in Lisbon, Porto, London, New York, and São Paulo. I’ve also started a new design studio, the 8-Eyed Spud, with another illustrator to produce collaborative prints and work on projects that infuse both our styles.  

What are some of your favourite themes in your artwork, and why do you love them?

All of our creations contain a sense of crazy humour that is signature to The Fingersmith. That, or maybe you can say that it’s a reflection of my kooky (or as some people might say, weird) sense of humour.

Tell us more about how you combine letterpress and illustration? Or is it a trade secret?

There’s no trade secret. My style of illustration is usually simple, with minimal colours, and I reckon it complements pretty well with letterpress printing – it adds depth to the design and end-product as well.

How do you balance time between your personal and commercial projects? How much of a business person do you have to be?

You simply have to make time for personal projects because you’ll never find the right time to work on them. I think you have to adopt some sort of a business mindset if you want to sustain your passion. As quoted from Benjamin Franklin, “If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.”

What can we look forward to (from you) at IAF 2018?

I’m excited to share a couple of new travel postcards – not saying from where =) – which will debut at IAF 2018. I would also like to share a series of prints produced by the 8-Eyed Spud. We name this collection, “Business in the front, party in the back” – basically a two-sided print.

Use this space to promote yourself in 50 words or fewer, go!

Come buy, I mean, by our booth!

If you’re interested in what The Fingersmith has to offer, check out their booth at the IAF2018 Art Market on 22-23 September. Or, look at what they’ve been up to here.

Article written by Joelyn Alexandra

IAF2017 Poster by Yin Shian

Yin Shian is currently studying at SVA in NYC.

About Ng Yin Shian:
Shian is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Singapore. Her fascination with the universe and the pursuit of ‘beauty’ has led her down the strange path of being an artist. Her recent body of work sees her attempting to move out of her comfort zone by devising new methods of storytelling and pushing her technical limits. She spends the majority of her time overthinking her sketches. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting with printmaking and crafting small zines and books.

You can see more of her work here: http://cargocollective.com/shian

 

 

IAF2017 Poster by Eeshaun Soh

Abstract, colourful and super fun  – you can see Eeshaun’s work brightening up many places in Singapore! The most delightful one must be “Move!” at the Bishan MRT station!

 

About Eeshaun:

 

Soh Ee Shaun (b. 1980) is an artist and illustrator from Singapore. Since 2005, he has created artworks and illustrations for Adidas, Nike, Lacoste, Disney, The Discovery Channel, Singapore Fashion Festival and Herman Miller, and has exhibited at ION Gallery, the Singapore Contemporary Art Show, iLight Marina Bay Singapore and the 2016 London Illustration Fair. Ee Shaun has been a National Arts Council-appointed visual art mentor for The NOISE Apprenticeship Program since 2009, and was a finalist for the 2011 Sovereign Asian Art Prize. He is represented by Mulan Gallery, Art Loft Asia and Illustrious World (UK).

See more of his works here: cargocollective.com/eeshaun

IAF2017 Poster by Ning Goh/ Ruffgaws

Ruffgaws was first featured in our zine event in 2016. We like the strange surreal characters and settings in her work.

About Ruffgaws:
Ruffgaws is an occasional illustrator of the odd and curious. Largely affected by her father’s death, she enjoys exploring morbid themes of death, disturbances and the defaced. She couples each illustration with a short poem or narrative. Look out for recurring elements in her drawings such as naked bodies wearing face masks and reflections in mirrors – these are her take on a society that 爱面子 (‘loves face’, also mean prideful). To her, illustrating is a personal process and every piece is part of something that has affected her enough to be made tangible. Her latest series delve into the topic unwanted babies and how animals are sometimes more human than we are.

See more here https://ruffgaws.wordpress.com/

IAF2017 Poster by Adeline Tan/ Mightyellow

Adeline paints amazing intricate flower-like creatures! How anyone can make so much art with so little time ( painstakingly by hand -no shortcuts! ) that alone is totally mindblowing, not taking into account how detailed and beautiful her art is!

There is a nice interview about her here – IAF2016- interview with Adeline Tan

About Adeline

Adeline Tan aka mightyellow is an illustrator and visual artist based in Singapore. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and popular culture, her works are often a juxtaposition of elements pulled from personal experiences and past memories. Having worked in advertising, branding and tech before becoming a full-time illustrator, her clients include Facebook, Adidas, and Uniqlo. She is currently represented by Mulan Gallery, Singapore.

You can see more of her work here: http://www.mightyellow.com/     ( ig: @yell0w )

IAF2017 Exclusive – Talk by TYC ( Tell Your Children )

We are inspired and amazed by the progress made in a few short years by this team of four energetic young friends from the TYC! Happy to announce that TYC will be giving a special talk at the festival – cheekily titled “Roasted Chicken Platter with Extra Barbecue Pork and Roasted Duck on the Side”!
This talk is FREE! FREE ADMISSION! Free seating and first come first served.
No drinks and meats will be served during or after this session!!

 

“Roasted Chicken Platter with Extra Barbecue Pork and Roasted Duck on the Side”

Venue: F201, Lasalle / McNally Campus

Time: 12  to 1pm , Sunday 13th August 2017 ( info updated 08/08/2017 )

Despite having only been in the industry for a short span of 3 years, Tell Your Children has gone on to provide visual solutions for high profile clients both local and overseas alike.

This is a casual dialogue on their journey thus far and the perils that awaits one when attempting to step out of their comfort zone, while balancing a constant need for reinvention of ones philosophies, maturity and artistic abilities in the process.

 

About TYC

TYC Studios, or more commonly known as Tell Your Children, is an illustration collective started in 2014 consisting currently of 4 creatives.

Highly sought after for their eclectic style of illustration, TYC has worked with a variety of international brands such as Vans, Levis and Uniqlo.

Seeking an expansion of creative work across the globe, the group takes constant trips out of Singapore and has worked on various mural projects in New York, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

See more of their work here: http://www.tycstudios.com/

 

IAF2017 Poster by Amien

Another great illustrator and Lasalle alumni we encountered! Thanks to Ning Chen for introducing!

About Amien
I find my work gravitate towards a dream-like aesthetic with influences from science, culture and surrealism, like a sub-conscious dialogue of a world in parallel where the rules no longer apply.
Drawing and painting has helped me discover an enthusiasm to life and it is my personal belief that people are inherently happier when they create, as part of this initiative I have launched a series of developmental workshops which serves as an inclusive space for beginners and enthusiast alike to share a common love for the Arts.

See more work by him at: www.amien.co  (Instagram: @amiencreatives )

IAF2017 Poster by Ning Chen

All we can say is that Ning Chen is amazing with 2 of the best jobs in the world – making delicious ice cream by day and illustrator of colourful crazy yummy things at night!

About Ning:
Ning is a full time chef , part- time illustrator, with an obsession with cats & Kewpie mayonnaise. As a chef she works with food everyday, so her illustrations are largely based on food and the ingredients she works with. Drawing to Ning is a perfect way to relief stress, I guess its because she usually draws happy things!

See more of Ning’s work here: sesameseedcat.tumblr.com

 

IAF2017 Poster by Yikchun

Yikchun started out freelancing in design and illustration before starting his National Service afew years ago. We have seen how he has grown in his drawing style and taste. What caught our eye was Yikchun’s his eye for interesting shapes and form. Looking forward to more from this guy!

About Yikchun:
Yikchun, or Chun, is a junior art director by day, illustrator by night. His biggest inspirations are Yohji Yamamoto and Kurt Vonnegut. He shaved his head because of This Is England but now looks more like a monk’s apprentice. Chun often considers selling his soul to play the blues like Robert Johnson. He would like to do a comic book some day.

See more his work here: http://lamyikchun.com/