Frankly, The Folksy Magazine

Meet the Maker… Tinker Prince

by Emily. Average Reading Time: almost 3 minutes.

Tinker prince blue butterfly

How long have you been selling on Folksy?

I’ve been selling on Folksy for around 3 months. It’s so far proved really worthwhile, my Tinker Prince range has been gaining a lot of attention which is really exciting.

Now that’s what we like to hear. So, tell us about your work.

I create my imagery by combining antique, modern and quirky etchings into interesting collages, then printing the final result directly onto old encyclopaedia or dictionary pages. This means each piece is completely unique. I love the way the text behind the image seems to compliment the images and give them presence. The pages are often marked with natural ageing processes and have that faint, lovely musty old book smell.

Glass Dome with Butterflies £6.50
Glass Dome with Butterflies £6.50

What’s your favourite piece of work?

My current favourite from the Tinker Prince range is the birds on a skateboard piece, it’s quirky and simple.

Birds on a Skateboard £6.50
Birds on a Skateboard £6.50

When did it all begin for you?

It began when I studied art back in Ireland, before I moved to the UK, I had a wonderful encouraging tutor who inspired me to follow my heart and apply to study art which led me to Nottingham and eventually Brighton where I did a Fine Art Painting degree course. I then moved into commercial graphic design work but always kept going with my own ideas, this led to getting involved in art licensing my work onto cards, posters and homeware products.

Tell us about your work space. 

I have a lovely little studio in a room where I live, it overlooks our patio and the sun comes in through the big fig tree, it’s a very peaceful space, if the washing machine isn’t going!

Describe your day as a maker. Are you organised/disciplined?

I try to fit in work and research whenever I can around being a mum to a toddler. I’m very motivated and always have a few projects on the go, I think when time is limited I find it a great driving force to get things done as efficiently as possible.

What three tools could you not live without?

My three tools would be my cutting desk with its tools, my scanner and my trusty Apple Mac.

What gets the creative juices flowing when creativity is stifled?

I love research so browsing through antique shops, looking online, social networking, anything can trigger off a fresh idea really.

Are you inspired by any artists from the past or present?

Both really, I am inspired mostly by fine artists, installation artists and photographers. I love the work of The Charming Baker, Andy Goldsworthy, Cindy Sherman, Eva Hesse, and Käthe Kollwitz and Turner’s work still melts my heart when I’m faced with one of his paintings.

The Charming Baker
The Charming Baker

Where would you like to be in 5 years time?

In 5 years time I’d like to still be doing all of my commercial work, whatever form that may be. I’d love to do more painting and drawing when I can fit it in. I think as long as I’m being creative and it’s providing some income, I couldn’t ask for more than that.

What would you say to any makers starting out?

Don’t be disheartened if something doesn’t work out, never be afraid to change your style or direction or products. Be persistent and remember to be realistic too.

You can browse and buy Marion’s collection in her Folksy store Tinker Prince