- How did the idea for Statement Artworks (which you know I love!) come about?
Totally by accident. I was happily working as a journalist (a 36 year career), when I had to have operations on both my feet, which meant I couldn't leave the house for three months. So I started painting in the poster style I love (I'd studied at art school), just to amuse myself, and when I could go back to work I decided I didn't want to. The art won!! And the name? All my pictures have to make a statement. Since then it's just boomed!
2. Your designs are great and always so appropriate for each area and the words so witty and on point (Chorlton still my absolute favourite). How do you have so much local knowledge? And do you have a favourite?
Being born in central Manchester and working on the Manchester Evening News as an editor, writer and designer for 19 years helped with the local knowledge, even about places I'd never been to. My favourite poster? Cheadle, simply because that is where I grew up and the place I found the hardest to do (Chorlton is easy, it's almost beyond parody). My other favourites are Monton and Whaley Bridge.
3. How has the pandemic affected your business?
The markets stopped for a while, and income plummeted, but then the slack was taken up by online orders, and since lockdown ended the online and market sales have continued to do well. Also, I sell through various shops, and they are doing well.