A blog for makers, by makers, Inky Collective was started in 2014 by me, Jen Wright, to find and share information and inspiration with those looking for creative adventure around their day job.
I wanted Inky to become a hub of useful resources for people wondering how to take the next step with their craft, and to grow a supportive community around it full of knowledge and opportunities. Which is why I called it ‘Collective’, rather than just ‘Inky Jen’!
A year later, there are several contributors to the blog, and we review workshops, interview designer-makers and share advice on a regular basis.
We’re always looking for more people to join our gang, so if you’re interested in being a contributor, or just having a chat, do say hello!
MEET THE COLLECTIVE
Writer, maker, agony aunt. Starter of this site what you’re on.
Jen spent years working in slightly soul-destroying jobs in advertising before running a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015, helping her to become a full time letterpress printer at Inky and the Beast, and run regular workshops in Clapham Junction. In between printing, she pops to other creative workshops, writes about them, or buys beautiful handmade things to review, telling everyone she has to because that’s her job.
Jen lives in London with her husband, dog, and two aloof rabbits.
Patch is an illustrator, artist and character designer.
An idyllic childhood plus a love for comics, animation and fairytales led him to children’s illustration and he is currently working on his first kids’ epic. Alongside drawing people at any opportunity, he has recently discovered etching as an antidote to the addiction to digital.
Patch is currently living the dream illustrating and living in China with his writer wife.
Lucile is a management consultant by day, and a writer and painter at heart. After many years writing short stories and the beginnings of longer ones, she is focussed on children’s stories and is halfway through writing a series of ten already!
Lucile was born and raised in France and now resides in London with her cheery husband and smiley baby.
As well as being all the digital things (Consultant, Producer, Account Man), Wrighty is also a bike builder, carpenter, designer, skier, and sailor. When he’s not in the office, spinning plates, he can be found pinching logs from Wimbledon Common to whittle into spoons.
Wrighty lives in London with a wife, a growing menagerie, and a shed full of tools and gadgets.
Rod is a freelance photographer and the designer-maker behind the fantastic Rodology jewellery.
Rod teaches jewellery workshops at The Turpentine in Brixton, and his own wares can be found in several high end and boutique stockists around the UK. His photographic work is regularly published in national newspapers and magazines. The fancy chap.
Rod lives and works in South London and gets around on his beloved Honda C90.