First Craft Fair
Whilst still in the Royal Navy, art-loving Lyn Thompson attends her first ever craft fair. She sells her hand-painted cards at Tregenna Hotel in St Ives.
Lyn leaves the Royal Navy to have her first baby – a boy named Will. In 1994 she has a second child, Cathrine.
Milkwood Publishing is born
After her cards are a big hit at craft fairs far and wide, Lyn applies for a loan from the Princes Trust. She’s successful and Milkwood Publishing is born.
Lyn’s best friend Sue pops round for tea and leaves having joined the company! (she’s still with us today).
Our first shop
The first Whistlefish Gallery opens in St Ives. Celebratory beers follow in The Sloop. On the way to Top Draw trade show the Milkwood team divert to Buckingham Palace to pay their respects upon hearing the tragic news of Princess Diana.
New Head Office
The team moves into an office in Helston with no running water (we all have to start somewhere… the only ways is up!)
We attend RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Whistlefish has its first stand at both the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court. Both win awards for outstanding stand presentation.
Seven more shops have now popped up across Cornwall and Devon thanks to Whistlefish cards and prints being a huge hit with locals and holidaymakers alike.
The business continues to expand – with a total of ten Whistlefish Galleries and a marvellous new website!
New Head Office
A head office, workshop and warehouse is purpose built for the ever growing team. All of our framed prints are handmade in Cornwall.
Increased product range
Gifts and stationery are added to the line-up alongside the cards and art prints. They go down a storm.
Whistlefish celebrate their 21st birthday. Over 60 independent artists now work with us. The future is a bright (and arty) one!