MASI is a showcase of some of the very best commercial artists and illustrators in the area. The brief was to answer the statement: “What does Manchester Mean to You”.
When considering my answer I thought back to my first trip to Manchester and all the eclectic collection of shops based in the Northern Quarter.
Fred Aldous, the much loved art shop, was one of the first shops I stepped into. I recall at the time that my fellow travel companion watched me with bemusement as my eyes lit up and gleamed at the vast range of arts and craft items that were on offer. Watching me dart around the shop, I think he soon realised that we weren’t going to leave the shop until sunset.
Since Fred’s has remained one of my favorite shops, I decided it would be the subject of my illustration. It fitted well that I have always wanted to document the beautiful architecture in the area but did not have an occasion do so until now.
I couldn’t help but sneak in a few cute creatures into the illustration:
An online gallery and shop will be launched shortly. Every penny raised from the sale of prints, postcards, and other merchandise will go directly to help children living in poverty in Manchester and Salford.
If you are interested in purchasing prints by local artists / illustrator and for further updates – please keep an eye on the #MASI hashtag on Twitter.