Cartoonist wins Weird Fish competition to design artist T-shirt for The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Earlier this year clothing brand Weird Fish held a competition to search for a new artist to design its next limited edition T-shirt for The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (rspb). After whittling down the applications, talented artist Tim Harries was selected to join Weird Fish’s team of artists.
Tim won the competition with his T-shirt design Raiders of the Lost Lark which will be on sale in November later this year. Weird Fish will donate £9 from each Raiders of the Lost Lark T-shirt to the rspb, the UK’s largest conservation charity.
Tim is a professional cartoonist, supplying cartoons, comic strips and illustrations to the likes of Reader’s Digest and Private Eye. Tim said: “I’m delighted to have won the Weird Fish T-shirt competition, especially as it will benefit a very worthy cause. I look forward to seeing the limited edition T-shirt in the shops later in the year.”
The Weird Fish and rspb partnership began in January 2015 with the launch of The Lord of the Wings T-shirt, followed by the sale of pin badges and staff members running the Cheltenham half marathon raising money for the charity. At the end of 2015, Weird Fish launched its Darth Wader T-shirt, inspired by the rspb wading bird logo. The clothing company achieved record-breaking sales with this item, resulting in 60 per cent of stock being sold within the first week.
A number of successful campaigns with the rspb are now followed by the launch of Harrier Potter and the Deathly Sparrows artist T-shirt, designed by Weird Fish artist Richard Skipworth. Weird Fish will donate £9 from each Harrier Potter T-shirt sale to the rspb and has raised a total of £44,000 for the charity since 2015.
John Stockton, managing director at Weird Fish, said: “The new Harrier Potter T-shirt is a great example of Weird Fish’s creativity and sense of humour. It’s bold and quirky and helps support the rspb at the same time.”
John added: “Weird Fish is proud to continue its work with the rspb. We have an eco-garden at Weird Fish HQ which makes an enjoyable outdoor space for our staff. The rspb kindly helped us out with some bits for the garden to make it a more habitable for wildlife too.”
Weird Fish clothing is available to buy nationally from Weird Fish retail stores and online. There are 13 branded stores and stockists include Debenhams, Cotswold Outdoor, Haskins and Blacks Leisure. For more information, visit www.weirdfish.co.uk.