Print Room Creator Series - Meet the creator with Finn Gallagher from Brick Shop Studio

Print Room Creator Series - Meet the creator with Finn Gallagher from Brick Shop Studio

In a nutshell, what is Brick Shop Studio, and how did it come to be?

Brick Shop Studio is your classic one-man design studio – specialising in hand-rendered illustration and branding.

 

I’ve always really liked the physical, tactile and tangible nature of Graphics from years gone by – letterpress machines, individual letter blocks, sheets of lead for spacing etc. After moving back to Ōtepoti from overseas, I started to work for myself more and more, and Brick Shop felt like an appropriate name for a humble studio that goes about their design process in a relatively physical way. That’s it in a small nutshell really.

Creator in his creation! - Finn Gallagher models the 'Full House' tee.

 

What does a “day in the life” look like for you at the moment?

The first thing I do when I get up is immediately check on the status of my sourdough starter – I’ve become obsessed, I’m very attached haha. I’ll then eat some breakfast while listening to a podcast (currently listening to a BBC one about the history of Witches, it’s great!).
Depending on the weather, I’ll either bike or walk on down the hill to the studio, make a coffee and get going with my day – draw some things, design some things, talk to the other people in my studio about good shows and movies – usual stuff.
At some point I might head out for a run, otherwise I’ll design away until I'm fried, and then head out for something active, maybe some more running, maybe a surf, anything to claw back some healthy work/life balance really!
We’re big fans of your aesthetic. Were there any heavy influences from your past that have shaped your practice today?

Thank you! There aren’t any specific influences that I can think of but I always loved good graphic t-shirts and visually engaging story books.

There’s something pretty awesome about the narrative that a few marks and lines on a page can conjure. Frames from stories like Tin Tin and the likes were always pretty inspiring, just so rich with nuance and personality, all because a characters hand is tweaked in this way, or a small mark of movement is made around trembling knees – any graphic that told a story, I was into!

 

Print Room has had the pleasure of printing your artwork for the creator series… Tell us about the idea behind your design.

 

I’ve actually had the idea for the “Full House” artwork for a while now, so when the Creator Series came up, it felt like a good time to get it finally drawn up.

Growing up in Ōtepoti, I happened to spend a lot of time at the museum here… where there just so happens to be a preserved Rat-King in the “Animal Attic”.

The idea of a family of rats being physically tied to one another but mundanely going about their lives just felt interesting – maybe even a bit of a nod to the style of sitcoms we grew up with – you’re essentially just following along as people go about their “normal” lives.

 

 

It’s just a bit funnier because they’re rats. Haha.

 

When you’re not creating away, what else gets you going?

 

Sitting at a desk unfortunately goes a little bit with the illustration territory, so as soon as I’m out of the studio I’m pretty keen to get moving.

These days, as I mentioned, running and surfing take up a good chunk of my “none-creating” time.

Although I do plan to commit some good time to bread baking! And sewing, sewing is a big new hobby!

 

 

 

Lastly, if you were a TV animal, what or who would you be?

 

 

Catdog! Great show and they look like they have an absolute hoot of a 

time.

 

You can purchase the Brick Shop Studio 'Full House' tee here!

 

 

 

Brick Shop Studio 'Where nice people get nice designs' - check out more of Finn's awesome work on Instagram

 

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