Times are hard and heavy. You could see it in the news, feel it in your pockets, and smell it in the air. Finding meaning in between the lines and political correctness have become an obsession. We are tightly wound. Therefore, sometimes it’s just refreshing to be slapped in the face with a graphic screaming, “Hit me with your pet shark”.

Read on to find out what Jackie Goh, founder of The Fingersmith Letterpress, has to say about falling in love, dealing with doubt, and birthing ideas with like-minded friends.


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What is The Fingersmith Letterpress in a nutshell and how did it come about?

The Fingersmith Letterpress is a quirky illustration and letterpress printing studio. I knew the 9-5 life wasn’t for me, so after graduation, instead of looking for a job, I went to Australia for about two weeks to learn more about the craft of letterpress printing, fell in love, and the rest is history.

What’s your ethos?

‘When in doubt, do the right thing.’

Tell us about your participation in SABF, what are you most excited about presenting at the fair?

I was pretty excited to introduce ‘8 Eyed Spud’ prints at this year’s fair. It is a collaborative effort between my illustrator friend, Natalie Kwee and I. We were overwhelmed by the positive response.

Any future projects?

Right now, I hope to participate in more art fairs overseas and to introduce our works to people from all over the world.

What is your ultimate dream project/ any dream collaborators? No holds barred.

I’m working on my dream collaboration project right now, which is to produce more things together with Nat for ‘8 Eyed Spud’. The best part about working with another illustrator who has the same direction and sense of humour as you is that you get to push each other’s ideas and imagination to another level and have fun doing it.