Steve Hockett is the final Sketchpad artist that we would like to tell you about. Based at Islington Mill, Steve ‘s work encompasses print, collage, sculpture and design. His limited edition sketchpad cover uses the colour pink which we found out he was very fond of!
Tell us a bit about the idea behind your sketchbook cover?
I like trying to bring inanimate objects to life. I like the colour pink.
Have you used a Risograph printer before and what did you enjoy about using one?
Yes, I’ve been printing stuff at Marc the printers in Manchester for years. I like the limitations it imposes, I don’t like using a lot if colour so it keeps things simple in that respect. It also adds a certain spontaneity in the sense that it never reproduces anything perfectly which can lead to some really exciting results.
Do you have any advice for artists starting out?
You’ll be eating a lot of cheap packet noodles. Don’t use the flavour sachets, they are bad for you.
How would you describe your work?
What inspires you?
I can’t think of any one thing but I have all my best ideas in the shower.
What materials do you use?
What is your favourite piece of work that you have made?
I don’t like anything after a week or two, so the last thing I made is usually my favourite. I just did a show at Islington Mill with Barry Steadmund, I made a lamp based on one of his drawings which I was really proud of. I’ll probably hate it next week!
What exhibition have you been to recently that you think is worth shouting about and why?
‘Make every show like it’s your last’ by Ryan Gander had some really beautiful work in, I like how simply and clearly he communicates his ideas. Also a gallery called Yuck has just opened in Chorlton which has an amazing collection of contemporary print from all over.
What tip would you give to people about one of our products?
Don’t melt paraffin wax in your best pan.
Where can people see your work? Do you have a website?
My design practice is here www.wonder-room.eu, you can follow me on twitter/Instagram too @sjhockett
Take a look at the Fred Aldous Sketchpad range here.