Whistlefish was founded by Lyn Thompson in 1997. An ambitious, young artist with a passion for florals and animals, she lovingly grew the company to become one of Cornwall’s most-loved card and art brands, now with 12 shops in South West England.
We celebrate the everyday in an extraordinary way, bringing the joy of Cornwall into homes everywhere with beautiful, sustainable cards, art and gifts at affordable prices.
Lyn opened her very first shop in St Ives in 1997 - ‘The Whistlefish Gallery’ - named after the small fish commonly found in rockpools of this charming seaside town. For the next few years the company grew rapidly, outgrowing the studio space and recruiting artists for the first time to join her in creating artwork.
Above; St Ives galleries, 1997 & 2001.
Below; Still going and newly refurbished in 2022.
Above, one of the first Milkwood coastal prints alongside our coastal designs today.
Above, original Milkwood floral art alongside our floral art today.
bring happiness home
We shine and sparkle and bring a touch of magic to peoples days
We are always considerate and make sustainable choices
We make luxury products at affordable prices, giving access to all
We are proud of our provenance and authentic in our Cornish roots
Our designs are fresh and unique and we inspire creativity
THESE ARE THE HEART OF EVERYTHING WE DO