A lot of people always ask where I get my prints from so I thought I'd share all my favourite Manchester artists, some I've admired for years, others newly discovered. If you're from Manchester or have moved away and want some memorabilia or just simply love the city (let's face it, who doesn't!?) then this is the post for you!
I have always admired Sue's work, having collected various cards and framing them from Green Walk's Open House weekend and the Makers Market where Sue is a regular. I love the graphic Manchester skylines and landmark buildings and of course, who can resist the Manchester bee prints she does?!
Sue very kindly messaged me to say she thought the Manchester Heart would sit perfectly in my living room and it one hundred percent does! It hasn't left my mantelpiece since!
Another print I adore is the "Manchester Landmarks 1" print which I put up in the hallway amongst all our favourite places we've visited.
There's also more local prints such as Didsbury and Chorlton and Sue is always up for a commission. Go check her out here.
Northern Letters are inspired by typography found in and around Manchester. Each letter comes with GPS coordinates and a map so you know exactly where the letter can be found. I'm a sucker for an initial as I've said many times before but our initials if put the wrong way...well I'll leave that to your imagination, hence why we swiftly bought the ampersand to go with!
Paul Grogan is a man of many talents. Wedding photographer, commercial photography and Manchester photos and prints. I first discovered Paul when I bought a framed Manchester Bee prints for the OH. I obsessed over the Manchester Periodic Table print for months before finally taking the plunge. It's massive - A1 poster size but it's so eye catching and one of the many prints people always ask after on Instagram. It includes many of the important elements, inventions, people and societal changes that make Manchester the place it is now.
The Bee cushion is one of the many other ways you can bring Manchester into your home and I've also got my eye on Paul's published book showcasing the best images of my home town. Go check him out!
My Chorlton map print by Dave Draws is another treasured print. I lived in Chorlton with the girls for 5 years and let's just say it was the glory days! Living above a chicken shop had it's downfalls but they were way outshone by the perks and I'm not ashamed to admit there was a lot of fried chicken consumed back then!
The Thirteen Prints
Thirteen Prints is run by Rachel who's a Manchester native but lives down south. We had a good old giggle about our childhoods and the areas we grew up in. Why is it Mums always tell everyone you're from the closest poshest neighbourhood instead of the actual truth?!? Rachel is currently producing prints whilst on maternity leave and covers anything from Manchester song lyrics to motivational quotes. I chose the Oasis print as these lyrics remind me of my youth spent in 42nd Street (if you know, you know). Rachel also very kindly sent me a commission of the not-so-cool Lionel Richie's "Dancing on the Ceiling" which as soon as I find a frame for it will be up on the wall immediately!
So that's my recommendations for Manchester themed prints - go check them out, let me know what you think!
*Disclaimer* My monstera definitely does not look like this anymore.