Collaboration with the Single Fin Collective

Collaboration with the Single Fin Collective

Collaboration with the Single Fin Collective

I recently worked on another collaboration with a group of local artists and makers - the Single Fin Collective. These guys and girls make wonderful art based on their passion of surfing and the sea and it was really exciting to be able to work with them.

The piece they commissioned was a rubber stamp. They are praised for their packaging of their prints and always stamp the artwork. Until now, they have hand cut stamps to use in a range of wonderful designs, but came to me with their logo due to the precision offered by a laser.

The main challenge with this project was the very fine text used in the Single Fin Collective logo. The whole stamp we created was only about 6 cm at it's longest point, which mean the text for the words 'The' and 'Collective' were mere millimetres. This can be a bit of an issue when using stamps as ink and paints are fluids and have a tendency to run into spaces they aren't supposed to! The fun part was trying to create the stamp so that these two words (key parts of the logo) wouldn't blur or 'flood' when doing the actual stamping.

This involved some back and forth between myself and the logo creator to try and maximise the use of font and scale within the logo and also a couple of test runs to really dial in the settings on the engraver. I hadn't done a project before that required this much precision. Yes, some of my work has some fine detail in it, but it has never been the focus of the final product, so the pressure was on to get it right!

I feel the end result speaks for itself and I thank the Single Fin Collective for coming to me to work on this project.

I very much recommend that you look at the work they are creating on their Etsy site as well as following them on Instagram and Facebook. Soon you'll be struggling for more wall space to fit in another awesome print!