Brilliant New Prints by Vince Handford aka Memori Prints
Following the latest release of Memori Prints stunning screenprint "Shark Tank" we got to know a little bit more about their work and how they find their inspiration.
So, What is your main practice? Did you study at University?
My main practice is screen printing which I became interested in and worked on whilst studying for my degree in graphic design at Plymouth College of Art.
How did you get into graphic / illustration design?
I have always had an interest in art and design. I have also been a big fan of music from an early age. I think the cool designs I saw on various album covers is one of the main things that inspired me to learn more about graphic design and become a designer.
You have lots of beautiful screen prints, do you have a favourite?
Thank you! It’s hard to pick a favourite but I’d probably say my ‘Fly My Pretties’ design is my favourite as I had the most fun putting this one together and I love to work in a collage style.
The shark prints are probably my most popular design and I have done a few editions of this now. It’s always fun to print these using different colours each time.
Do you like any other print method? – if so which ones?
Yes I love all things print. I’ve worked for the last five years as a designer at a vinyl and cd manufacturing company and really like to see some of the cool packaging designs that can be achieved with effects like spot gloss and hot foiling.
Oooo we love a bit of hot foiling
Any advice for anyone that is thinking of starting their own independent brand?
Don’t give up. Find your audience. Work out what you want to achieve and go for it.
There are lots of helpful and friendly people in the screen print world. Don’t be afraid to ask them for advice.
What is your favourite design? Do you have any favourite designers?
I’m a big fan of Julian House (from Intro) particularly his artwork for The Prodigy’s ‘Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned’ and Primal Scream’s ‘XTRMNTR’ albums. I also love the work of Stanley Donwood and the late Vaughan Oliver.
Some great artists there! We are also massive fans of Stanley Donwood!
What inspires your designs, do you have a creative process you go through? If so what steps does this include?
It varies really. I sometimes start with a few sketches, sometimes I will layer up images and patterns in Photoshop or Illustrator to see if they work together. On other occasions, I take a photo or see an image that I’d like to use and build the design up around that.
Do you have favourite themes you like to focus on?
I love nature/the natural world and I’m fascinated by animals. I also love patterns and bright vibrant colours. All of which often appear in my prints.
Any big plans for the future? Any cool collaborations lined up that we should watch out for?
I’ve recently taken the leap to being self employed full time. I’ll be working on my screen printing practice and attending lots of events/craft fairs.
I’m also a big fan of screen printed gig and festival posters so I hope to work with bands and promoters on this in the future.
We can definitely see you creating some awesome band posters for sure.. picturing the neon spot colours now