I feel honoured to have been commissioned to design the front signage for the knitted fish and chip shop that was Hastings contribution to ‘Follow the Herring 2014’.
‘Follow The Herring’ is a touring exhibition featuring a life size boat covered in knitting (Coat a Boat), exhibition and play
The top section of this panel was created to honour Ernie ‘Oxo’ Richardson’s ‘Wonders of the Deep’ fish cart. The signage is a knitted reproduction of the typography used on his famous cart.
Oxo found innovative ways to educate people (especially children) by telling stories about each fishy item on this cart.
The bottom section of the panel is a comment on how expensive fish & chips have become. It used to be a cheap meal for the working classes.
It can now cost the same as a roast dinner in a number of pubs. For £304 you can try the world’s most expensive fish and chips created by Top chef Simon Haigh to mark National Chip week 2014. The chips are made from the finest Maris Piper potatoes. The dish also comes with a pea puree, 100 year old balsamic vinegar and yuzu (an Oriental citrus fruit) puree and zest!
The prices quoted on my knitted panel refer to the 1960’s when we still had shillings, thruppence and sixpence coins, and health and safety didn’t stop you from serving batter bits.