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.

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

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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Cancer care fundraising event

Today I am doing a special event for Beechwood Cancer Care at their annual fundraiser at the Hilton hotel in Manchester, and on Saturday and Sunday I am at Altrincham Market. Check out www.beechwoodcancercare.co.uk

Good to be in central Manchester again, and two of my latest posters will definitely be on sale - the manifesto and the Mancunian Way.

Cheers - Eric




Stockport and Altrincham markets this weekend

This weekend I am at Stockport Market on Saturday and Altrincham Market on Sunday, and with the weather forecast being so good, there's no excuse for not coming to say hello and wishing me a happy birthday. Which reminds me, I've got a new set of birthday cards, adapted from my Mancunian Way poster (attached). Every birthday boy and girl should receive one!

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Get your skates on...down to Altrincham market!

Ayup, Easter greetings from Statement Artworks. We're at Altrincham market today (Friday), Saturday and Sunday, and at Knutsford on Sunday, and while it may be brass monkeys, you'll get a warm welcome from me and my wife Jane. As usual I'll have all the local stuff (Altrincham, Urmston, Timperley etc) for sale, as well as newbies Wythenshawe and the Manchester Manifesto. Oh, and I've got a new range of birthday cards featuring my Mancunian Way poster! Hopefully see you there - Eric


Skating, in late March...quite possibly!

Skating, in late March...quite possibly!

Oldham and Saddleworth poster, Eric Jackson

Black Chew Head. When I heard that such a place existed on the moors high above Oldham, I had to use it in the poster. But not only does it sound odd, it also happens to be the highest place in Greater Manchester, hence the high society caption in the poster. The area around Oldham and Saddleworth is dotted with spectacular views and walks, and on a nice day it can rival anywhere in the country. And as for the town's swanky new cinema tagged on to the old town hall, well that's something special indeed. www.statementartworks.com

Oldham and Saddleworth poster by Eric Jackson, www.statementartworks.com

Oldham and Saddleworth poster by Eric Jackson, www.statementartworks.com

Two new post-Christmas posters - Wythenshawe and Bowdon

Wythenshawe and Bowdon, two South Manchester places that are quite close geographically but miles apart demographically, which is why doing this northern poster malarkey is so much fun! And it shows I've not just been sitting on my arse doing nothing since Christmas.

Wythenshaw poster - by Statement Artworks

Wythenshaw poster - by Statement Artworks



It was a wonderful dream on a post-war town planner's drawing board. Houses fit for heroes on a large, modern estate, or 'garden city', with none of that old mish-mash of narrow streets and diverse design. No, this was going to be uniform, clean and functional. And my parents bought into that dream, so that was the first Jackson family home, in Baguley, a district of Wythenshawe, the new town on the edge of Manchester which became the largest estate in Europe. Most of my aunts and uncles and cousins lived there too. But the dream turned sour, and Wythenshawe became a byword for problem families, crime and town planning gone mad. What's this, though? Wythenshawe, by degrees, is turning itself around, thanks in no small part to the tram line and the train line, both going to the nearby airport and the city centre. Young singles and families are discovering that the housing stock is affordable and not too bad either. Posh apartment blocks are springing up, and the once-dire Civic Centre is looking lively again. Just a pity the old theatre is no longer functioning. Now that would have been the icing on the cake for the new Wythenshawe. This poster in available at statementartworks.com in any size you like!

Bowdon poster - by Statement Artworks

Bowdon poster - by Statement Artworks


Whereas its nearby neighbour Hale loves to flaunt its chi-chi trendiness, affluence and desirability, Bowdon presents itself as understated, restrained and 'old money'. Hence there's not a lot going on really - a few posh gastro pubs, a posh hotel, a posh looking green with a few posh shops, posh sports clubs,  and a posh Indian restaurant. Oh yes, it's posh, especially when you look beyond the high hedges and gates and wonder at some of the finest houses - indeed mansions - in the whole of Cheshire. Wow, are they grand, which is why they say you're going 'up the hill' when you go from Altrincham or Hale, and that is meant in so many ways. Footballers, TV stars and the generally well-wadded live there, in a very understated way, of course. This poster is available through statementartworks.com at any size you like.