WORK EXPERIENCE – FISHBOY PZ

Mounts Bay Work Experience 2019

Hi!

I’m Rey, a year 10 student at Mounts Bay Academy. For the past week, I’ve spent time at Fishboy PZ with Mat and Izzy to learn about screen printing, designing and how they run their shop. It’s been a really interesting week and I think it’s been great to find out more about how shops are run behind the scenes.

I applied to Fishboy for my work experience placement because I love to draw and I have experience with printing and design already- last year, I passed my graphics GCSE in MBA’s fast track GCSE course. I felt that going to somewhere like Fishboy would be really useful to expand my knowledge of graphic design and printing, as even though it’s not something I think I want to go into full time in the future, if I can build up relevant skills that I can use in a temporary job, like how to talk to customers, the basics of invoicing and adding products to a retail website.

On Monday, Mat showed me how the heat conveyor belt works. This is a belt that moves t-shirts, bags, hoodies and other printed clothing or items. When they have been screen printed, they are put onto the belt and go through the heated tunnel part 4-6 times before being left to cool and cure. I helped out with this by moving the shirts along the conveyor belt, removing them and folding them while Mat printed.

I was on a school trip on Tuesday so wasn’t in work experience, but when I got back on Wednesday I had a go at creating my own design for a print. I used Men-an-Tol as inspiration for the design as I hadn’t seen a shirt based on it in the shop before. I did a variety of sketches before settling on the design below:

I decided on that design because it was simple but not boring to look at. Even though it’s not as good as a lot of the other prints and designs, I’m happy with it. Mat then scanned it into the computer and using photoshop I blocked in the lines with black. This is so that when it becomes a screen to print with, the lines are thick enough to see details.

On Thursday, I helped out in the shop with Izzy, who showed me how to add products onto the Fishboy website and their page on Trouva. Something I hadn’t thought about was the fact that on Trouva, you cannot have models wearing the clothes: it needs to just be an image of the item of clothing on a plain background. This meant that to upload a product on Trouva, we had to photoshop the background of a picture of one of the Mount t-shirts before putting it on the website.

I also learned how to log sales in the day book, how to write a receipt, how to use the card machine and how to fold clothes into the tissue paper when they are bought. I thought these were all really useful things to know how to do, as they are transferrable skills that I can use if I were to get a job in retail.

Today, Friday, I’ve mostly worked downstairs in the shop updating some products on the website and helping with customers (and writing this!). This afternoon, I’m learning more about screen printing in the studio with Mat, as I haven’t printed here yet.

Thank you so much Izzy and Mat, it’s been so good to meet you and great to spend the week with you learning about how you run your shop. Thank you! 😀

My Experience at Fishboy PZ

Hello internet, I’m Chloe and I’m a Year 10 student at Humphry Davy School, and I worked at Fishboy PZ for my work experience. I came to Fishboy PZ because I’m interested in screen printing, sketching and how Izzy and Mat run their business. This is what happened:

After showing me around the workplace, I was informed about the organisation on the clothes that Fishboy sells, ranging from Kapten & Son sunglasses to Dr Denim trousers. From The Dudes tees to Fishboy’s very own hand printed tees of all colours and original designs. On that note, I sketched out a few ideas of my own in the theme of marine and seaside. Among the many scruffy sketches I picked out a few sketches that i think really capture the brief.

Starfish sketchier fishboy pz tee shirts
Sketch 1: This one was my favourite because the starfishes are like nothing i have experimented with before.
pebble sketch for fishboy pz tee shirts
Sketch 2: This pebble inspired design was a close second because Penzance does have a thing for beautiful rocky beaches.

The next morning Mat demonstrated the screen printing process he goes through as the arty side of Fishboy PZ. This was fun to learn about, however tough to do because of the strength needed to print the designs properly.

screen printing set up
After a lot of practice t-shirts, paint drying and failed attempts I managed to print a super cool pirate design onto a black t-shirt.
screen print going into heat machine.
To cure the paint, the tee must go through a heat machine or as I like to call it, a conveyor belt pizza oven. I was in charge of folding the t-shirts in different ways so we know how many times it has gone through.
final screen print pirate tee shirt
I think we did a pretty good job. 🙂

Half way through the week I was set a design brief to design two labels for Pure Nuff Stuff. This took a bit longer than the t-shirt but, that was because I went through the entire design process for this brief, starting with sketching out a design.

flower label design 1
avocado label design 2
These were my design ideas for “avocado” and “neroli & rose geranium”


design 1 inked up
design 2 inked up
Next I inked them up to be scanned and sent to Photoshop to play around with a few colour ideas.
flower label design in colour
I’m really proud of how they came out after experimenting with different colour combinations.
avocado label design in colour
We then fit them onto templates and even asked the owner of PNS what she thinks.
soaps from pure nuff stuff
Fishboy PZ have designed many of the product labels of PNS in the past and I thank both Fishboy and Pure Nuff Stuff for this opportunity. Both the labels and the soaps look stunning!

Izzy controls the shop side of the business and got my to do all sorts of interesting things throughout the week. Such as picking out display outfits, website work and a lot of folding. Had such a fun and interesting work experience week and if I could do it again I would 100% would. I learned so much about behind the scenes and in the shop. 😀

Thank you so much Izzy and Mat!

Mom-umental Mothers!

Mom-umental Mothers!

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and here at Fishboy PZ HQ we are wanting to celebrate the mothers in our lives & in our community that have such a positive impact on us on a daily basis.

First up are our own wonderful mums: Liz & Pam. A lot of our customers (particularly the more local ones) will have met these two beauties in and around the shop. Liz has covered the shop for us countless times, enabling us to take some well-earned time off. Pam can regularly been seen bringing us sweet treats, encouraging us to stop and have a cuppa and a catch up with her. One thing is for sure – without their unconditional love & support, neither Mat or I would be where we are today. Thank you!!

Liz with family

Liz with family

Pam with Terry & a young, punky Mat

Pam with Terry & a young, punky Mat

Our two Fayes are our idols! Never faye-zed (geddit?!), they are creative gurus and full of positivity and inspiration. No strangers to Fishboy PZ, you’ll have seen Faye Wilson’s jewellery flying off the shelves (Stuff Made From Things). Faye W is mum to three fab boys: Finn, Ike & Stan; and somehow still finds time to keep up with the demand of her own business. Faye Dobinson is the creator of classics such as “Don’t Be A Dick” and “Keep Human“, as well as a champion of womankind in general. Faye D is mum to the wonderful Lilou, single-handedly guiding her through life whilst still nailing the art world. Incidentally, their products make great Mother’s Day gifts – so check them out!

Faye W & Megafam

Faye W & Megafam

Faye D & Lilou

Faye D & Lilou

Next up is a shout out to the new mums and the mums-to-be in our business community.

Daisy is a good friend of ours and the mastermind behind Happy Dais Vintage Clothing. She is mum to the beautiful Ruby, who has to be the best-dressed toddler in town. Sure to be found at any vintage fair, Daisy has an eye for vintage fashion and a nose for a bargain. Check out her Instagram and Depop pages for great buys.

Daisy & Ruby

Daisy & Ruby

Kate is the person that I think pretty much single-handedly mended my terrible back 18 months ago. Queen of Pilates, Kate is the best mum to Alfie and yet somehow still has time to run a busy business whilst staying flawless and unflappable – how do you do it?! Tucked away on Parade Street, Kate’s studio is a serene space that helps people learn how to look after their bodies again. Classes run from Monday – Friday.

Kate with Alfie Parker

Kate with Alfie Parker

Rachel is mum to the gorgeous Rosa, as well as the super-talented owner of The Honey Pot. If you haven’t been yet, get yourself there pronto! Rachel has created a cosy space that serves heart-warming comfort meals as well as being a frontrunner in Penzance’s Plastic-Free status.

Rachel with baby Rosa

Rachel with baby Rosa

Holly can be found at Endpaper, an idyllic haven on Chapel Street. If you’re looking for something perfect for the special mother in your life, Holly is sure to have it. We want everything in there! Mum-to-be very soon, we know Holly is going to ace motherhood in the same way she does running her business!

Mum-to-be Holly

Mum-to-be Holly

Sian is the motor behind The Exchange Gallery as well as super-mum to Neve. Full of joy and enthusiasm, Sian is a force of nature that lets nothing stand in her way. In fact, it is thanks to Sian that we even considered buying Fishboy PZ back in 2014 – we owe you one, Sian!

Sian with Jim & Neve on a windy hilltop

Sian with Jim & Neve on a windy hilltop

It is so easy to forget that the faces of many of the businesses in our community are also juggling parenthood too, often having to sacrifice their own time to maintain the perfect front to their business, be a great mum and deal with everything else that life throws at us. Other business mums we are bigging up this Mother’s Day include Sarah at The Cornish Hen, Viv at Hunter & Walsh, Rachel at Edge Of The World Bookshop, Polly at East Of Here, Georgie at &Living, Jemela at Mermaid Alley, to name but a few!

 

Which mothers do you want to give a shout out to today?