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