Sensational Stockport

Oh what a Thursday night. If anything proves that Stockport is on the up it was last night.

Some of us artists at The Warren (itself a huge success story) were out celebrating its first birthday, and we started out at new bar The Cracked Actor on Underbank. Wow, what a thing of beauty that is, with great hand pulled beers and atmosphere to match.

Then it was on to the Produce Hall for some great grub and more lovely ale (my exhibition is in the new upstairs cocktail bar there), before moving next door but one to the Angel pub. That was the venue for the launch of Stockport’s Mercury Climbing Music and Arts Festival, and we boogied and drank the night away.

What a very special evening, and thanks to Karen at the Warren for co-ordinating it all.

This weekend we are at Altrincham Market (Saturday and Sunday) and Treacle Market in Macclesfield on Sunday.

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Must have made it - I'm in a glossy home magazine

Jules Davies states in the latest copy of Your Home Magazine that ‘I didn’t want my home to look boring.’

But quite why Jules and her husband Tim, who live in Brighton, have a framed A2 copy of my Warrington poster taking pride of place in their bedroom remains a mystery. Not that it’s boring - hopefully far from it - but there’s no mention in the piece of a Warrington connection.

Buy hey, who cares?

See you at Stockport Market tomorrow. Cheers - Eric

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There’s the Warrington poster propped up on the sideboard!

There’s the Warrington poster propped up on the sideboard!


Stockport poster in portrait shape

I've had so many requests to produce a portrait shape alternative for my original Stockport poster that I've finally gone ahead and done it, with a few tweaks here and there, and here it is. However, it will only be available from Saturday onwards at The Warren, near Stockport Market Place, and then on general sale from August. www.statementartworks.com

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Hats off to award-winning Hatters

My Stockport poster takes cover design of the year

One of my works has helped a Stockport firm win a national award.

Hatters, a leading North West promotional merchandise company based in Heaviley, won the  cover design of the  year at the Advantage Group brochure launch event with an adaptation of my Hats off to Stockport poster. 

The finishing touches were done by Future Design, another Stockport-based company.

Hosted at the 4-star Georgian country house hotel Sopwell House, the Advantage Group brochure launch takes place annually, bringing together merchandise distributors from across the country.

Hatters has just celebrated its 25th anniversary, and it seemed fitting that it should be marked by an image of the iconic Battersby Hat Works in Offerton - a symbol of Stockport’s industrial heritage.

Founded in 1994 by Managing Director Jo Shippen, Hatters has grown year on year and has worked with scores of national and blue-chip brands.

It specialises in promotional merchandise, print management and product fulfilment – including ordering of stock, storage and delivery.

Jo Shippen said: “I’m delighted that Hatters has been recognised for the brochure cover this year.”

 “It means a lot to me – and the team, that it has coincided with our 25th anniversary and I couldn’t be prouder to be celebrating our milestone achievement in this way.”

 “We couldn’t have done this without Eric Jackson from Statement Artworks and the team at Future Design for pulling it all together for us. It’s truly been a team effort.”

The winning cover design, and right, the original.

The winning cover design, and right, the original.

White Lion and Blossoms feature my framed Statement Artworks posters

Make mine a double! 

My work has just gone into another two fine pubs, on opposite sides of Manchester. The newly extended White Lion in Wrightington, close to Wigan, has put up five of my framed A3s posters - Lancashire, Northern Powerhouse, Wigan, Worsley and Eccles - while south of the city, in Stockport, the Blossoms pubs has put up my Stockport Alphabet A3 framed.

And as a lover of great beer and great pubs, that makes me very happy indeed!

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My pictures in the new White Lion extension

My pictures in the new White Lion extension

The Stockport Alphabet in the Blossoms

The Stockport Alphabet in the Blossoms




Altrincham weekend

We are at Altrincham all this weekend. Well, I say ‘we’, that should be Jane, my wife, as I’m swanning off to London to see a certain football match on Saturday, and staying over. Slacker! Anyway, there will be all my usual posters, cards and magnets, plus the new Edgeley, Monton and Manc-hattan ones. Go and say hello to Jane. www.statementartworks.com

Edgeley poster by Statement Artworks


Monton poster by Statement Artworks
Manc-hattan poster by Statement Artworks

Urmston and Knutsford markets this weekend

Stiff Little Fingers? Now that's a name to conjure with, but check out their version of Bob and Rita Marley's Johnny Was. Played it before and reminded me of why I first loved punk all those years ago. Anyhow, just to remind y'all that I'm at Urmston market this Saturday and Knutsford Market on Sunday, where I'll have my newbies of Monton, Manc-hattan and Stockport Alphabet. See you there, hopefully.

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Altrincham and Macclesfield markets this weekend

This weekend we are are at Altrincham Market (Saturday and Sunday) and Treacle Market in Macclesfield (Sunday). Both absolute crackers, and I’ll be selling my recent Stockport Alphabet and Manc-hattan, along with Altrincham, Hale, Bowdon, Macclesfield, Bollington and Poynton (naturally). In the near future there are some very exciting developments coming up (can’t reveal what just yet), and new posters of Monton and Edgeley are on the drawing board. www.statementartworks.com

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Vimto poster at Vimto HQ

Like all true Mancunians, I love Vimto - so much better than that Ribena stuff, which is only fit for Southern softies.

So imagine my delight when I got a commission from one of the Vimto family to paint a poster which reflects the company’s unique appeal not just in Manchester but across the world and especially in the Middle East.

The company was created by the Nichols family in Manchester, and remains in the family to this day, hence the headline Nichols and dimes to show how successful it has been.

Here is me presenting the framed poster to Vimto’s Commercial Controller James Nichols at the company’s headquarters in Newton-Le-Willows.

Such an honour!

Thanks to the lovely Mel in Pop Boutique on Oldham Street for being my model - another true Manc from Ancoats.

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Start of the Great Northern Warehouse experience!

Christmas starts tomorrow (well it does for me) with the Great Northern Warehouse market just off Deansgate in Manchester. I’ll be there on Friday as well, then on Saturday and Sunday it’s off to Altrincham Market. I’ll have all my usual mounts, cards and magnets, plus my new Marple picture, along with a few blue versions of the ‘barth’ poster. See you there. www.statementartworks.com

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A Manchester Odyssey!

When Lawrence and Rebecca Cray came to buy some posters off me at Urmston market, they couldn’t make up their minds about which ones to buy. They had lived in Worsley and Eccles, and also close to the Mancunian Way. Now they were living in Urmston. I’d done posters of all those places, even one featuring the Mancunian Way, but they were torn.

So hey, bingo, they thought they would have all four in one! The Result is the Manchester Odyssey of the Crays, where I’ve melded all four posters into one with new typography.

The poster is now taking pride of place in their living room above the fireplace.

So now you know - if you want anything bespoke, just ask. I can’t change the background images but I can do anything with the words.

Just email me on statementartworks@gmail.com

Here is the finished result and all the original posters.

All this weekend we are at Altrincham Market.

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Stockport, London, Rochdale - the holy trinity!

Local art for local people! Who needs fancy dan customers from the Cayman Islands when you can sell to lovely people on your doorstep? This week I supplied three framed A2 posters to Hatters Promotions who have just moved into new premises off Hillgate in Stockport, about half a mile from where I live. They now hang in the firm’s reception area. Hatters Promotions provide promotional merchandise for companies, from pens and mugs to hampers and bandanas (www.hatterspromotions.com). Two of my posters - London and Hats Off To Stockport - are pictured here along with the Teddy, who belongs to Jo Shippen, the boss of the company! Also, I’ve just finished my Rochdale poster, which, naturally, has to feature the town’s most famous export - the Co-operative movement! Those handsome people in the poster are my friends and neighbours, the Cook family!

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Statement Artworks on new Co-op website

Exciting news for Statement Artworks. I am one of the first artists in the country to be signed up to the Co-op's brand new local.co.uk website, which is now live (www.local.co.uk). Manchester is the pilot city but the site will soon be rolled out across the country. Watch me being interviewed by the Co-op (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9gVDiqd8VQyC8Q5HD7XlZ4H_ViTHMmEf). Most of my images are on the site, in A3 poster and A4 mount options, and you can buy directly through the Co-op. You can buy from me still at markets, and this weekend I am at Stockport and the Northern Quarter, while on Tuesday I have a stall at Victoria Station. My two latest images will be on sale, plus an adaped version of my Offerton poster, which now has Stockport as the banner. That, along with lots of other images, will soon be for sale at the Hat Works Museum in Stockport and at Staircase House.

Stockport poster

Stockport poster

Map of the British Isles

Map of the British Isles

Man City - bitter Blue?

Man City - bitter Blue?

Make a statement with your art!

This Sunday we are at the West Didsbury Makers Market and the Treacle Maket in Macclesfield. Can't find your way to those places? Well you'll be wasting your time consulting my map of the British Isles, but you can hang it on your wall. Yep, my new poster is now for sale in A4 size at the markets, and any size you like online. See you on Sunday! www.statementartworks.com

Map of the British Isles

Hats off to Offerton

Although I'd driven through it a thousand times on the way to the amazing Vernon and Woodbank parks, I'd never noticed the old Battersby hat factory in Offerton, Stockport, just along from the Finger Post pub. It's got that striking water tower - but more importantly the giant letter B on two sides. What a godsend for an idea for a poster, which I think has a definite world war 2 look about it. While the tower was the inspiration, I have to thank the lovely Imogen Francesca Hart, one of my fellow traders, who was the model for the poster. Chorlton-based Imogen is the boss of The Sardinistas, which specialises in Portuguese products, especially those fabulous tinned sardines. The first prints of the Offerton poster will be produced next week, but I am also doing a limited edition of 20 specially marked A2 posters, which I am selling ready framed for £150. www.statementartworks.com

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Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Hazel Grove and Pickmere Lake

The commission was to do three posters for a local estage agent without being boring or corporate, and getting in a little joke too. Well if you live in Bramhall, Cheadle Hulme or Hazel Grove you should appreciate these works - which will be used by Snapes estate agents in their summer promotional material.

I've also just finished a commission for Pickmere near Knutsford, which was once THE destination for working class families from Manchester looking for some Cheshire weekend fresh air in them there olden days. There used to be a funfair, pleasure cruiser and rowing boats on the picturesque lake, plus lots more. The poster sort of tells the story.

Now it's mostly returned to nature, but there's a great cafe and fun events from May to October. The poster, along with cards, magnets, mugs and mounts, is available to buy at the cafe, or directly from me.

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Curve appeal of Cheadle Hulme.

Curve appeal of Cheadle Hulme.

Parklife, Bramhall style

Parklife, Bramhall style

The sun always shines in Hazel Grove.

The sun always shines in Hazel Grove.

Pickmere - charas came by the score.

Pickmere - charas came by the score.

Personalised poster for Urmston couple Neal and David

Two great lads who admitted to being 'economic refugees' from Hale and have bought a more affordable house in Urmston, commissioned me to do a special personalised poster.
And with a few tweaks of my Urmston poster, Neal and David got their very own bespoke framed version for their new home. If you fancy a personalied poster, based on any of my images (over 45 and counting) then just contact me on statementartworks@gmail.com. Check out the full range of my work at www.statementartworks.com. My posters are all about the people and places of the north, with a heavy dose of fun thrown in, and I just love adapting them to feature names, streets, whatever you like. Here are the two versions of the Urmston poster.

This Sunday we are doing the West Didsbury Makers Market and Treacle Market in Macclesfield. See you there.

Cheers - Eric

www.statementartworks.com

 

 

The original Urmston poster

The original Urmston poster

...and the bespoke version

...and the bespoke version