Wednesday, 19 June 2019

NEW ARTWORK REVEALED!

I was flicking through the tonnes of vintage images I've got, when suddenly a few jumped out and inspiration struck!!

I'm constantly scanning and photographing bits and pieces that I buy, knowing one day they'll be useful!

As always there is no silly statement involved, no message, no grand gesture. 
My collages are always just random images plucked from the many thousands tucked away in the ArtPix Archives.
My only criteria being that they all have to be vintage images ...




I also finished another one, which I'll reveal soon.
I'm getting them printed, and taking them along to the DORSET ART MARKET in Dorchester on July 27th. 
My first art market in years, which I'm really excited about.


Wednesday, 12 June 2019

SIGN OF THE TIMES

As I've been drifting into driftwood art recently, I thought I'd try out another idea I had ...
A set of Dorset signposts with a vintage twist!



All made from wood washed up on the beach at Chesil Cove on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, right next to ArtPix Towers!!



This year I started picking up bits and pieces to use on driftwood art ideas. 
After a storm the beach is always awash with loads of wood, of all shapes and sizes, often with that wonderful worn look to it. 

So I came up with the idea of using it to make something a bit different.
There are various places along Dorset's famous Jurassic Coast featured ... 

Using some vintage images, and a classic 30s/40s font, they make a striking piece of artwork that can be hung on a wall or propped up anywhere!























They are currently in my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset.
So if they have any takers I'll carry on and make some more!
Hurry up while stocks last!! 

 


Wednesday, 5 June 2019

D-DAY 75th ANNIVERSARY

Lest we forget .....




What a shame the anniversary of this world-changing event is blighted by endless pictures of royalty and Trump.
It took me ages to find a picture of a veteran on the BBC website. Disgraceful.

The politicians come and go, but these dignified people are still here and still living with their memories.


Below is one of my favourite quotes from a Siegfried Sassoon poem ...

You Marshals, gilt and red
You Ministers and Princes, and Great Men,
Why can't you keep your mouthings for the dead?
Go round the simple cemeteries; and then
Talk of our noble sacrifice and losses
To the wooden crosses.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

PIG PIX!

PRAISE THE LARD!!!!

Had a stonking night yesterday at the Electrowerkz in London seeing some truly Industrial legends!!

Blew the cobwebs away, and forgot about the banality of mainstream culture/Brexit/Trump/the stupidity of our politicians etc etc etc, to watch some individuals who have trodden a unique path in the music industry for decades.

I was a massive fan of the hi-energy thrash of electronics and guitar that was CUBANATE, so seeing them back on stage was a huge buzz for me.


And singer Marc Heal has lost none of his bite, pacing the stage and shouting out his hatred of the world. 
The bonus is, their new material is magnificent as well, so they have a renewed purpose to carry on scaring the general public!



PIG are probably the best band in the world that you never knew about.


And that's the thing with the Alternative world. Bands and musicians with so much imagination and ability to work with anyone and everyone to create awe-inspiring music, but are never given the exposure or credit they deserve.
Bands, after one song, would change your whole world-view and inspire you to never listen to anything forced upon you by the manipulative mainstream media ever again.
Believe me, anything slightly edgy you see in the mainstream is a watered-down version of something that has already happened in the Alternative scene years ago!!

Pig's frontman Raymond Watts defies belief. A CV that is jaw-dropping, a voice and on-stage presence that few possess, AND, he looks amazing!!!

So just to be there and see him, and his multi-talented band, was pure joy.
I was particularly pleased to see another stalwart of the Industrial scene – En Esch – currently part of the Pig family, and a long time associate of Watts.

He was very much part of my education in Alternative music back in the day with KMFDM.

Also, a special mention to the first band on stage, RANDOLPH & MORTIMER. A fabulous set, containing an intriguing range of influences and styles, that really drew you in.
We will definitely be keeping an eye on this lot.


We left the venue completely re-energised, to take on the world once more, and make these voices heard.

Please check out all these people!!!!
 

Friday, 31 May 2019

PIG vs CUBANATE

ArtPix and Arcane Publishing are having a staff outing to London tomorrow, chiefly to see a bit of old-skool Industrial mayhem in the shape of two magnificent bands Pig and Cubanate.


We'll also have a gander around a few old haunts, like seeing how much more Camden Market has been ruined!!
Until 2 years ago I worked about 10 minutes from there, and could see the steady decline of its greatness at first hand, including all those mysterious 'fires' that used to happen just where property developers had earlier been sniffing around!!!!

Will be fantastic to see Pig again, having only seen them once, supporting Nine Inch Nails in 1994!!!
I was a huge fan of Cubanate when they were alive and kicking throughout the 90s as well, and saw them at many different venues around London. I've missed there unique sound, fury and bite ever since.

The Alternative scene is struggling a bit these days, especially with more and more venues closing, so it will be great to support these brilliant musicians, who deserve so much more credit and limelight than the total dross in the mainstream. 

Friday, 24 May 2019

BRIDPORT VINTAGE MARKET

Wondering what to do this Sunday???

Zoom on down to the lovely town of Bridport in Dorset, and visit the brilliant BRIDPORT VINTAGE MARKET!!



This is a fabulous event, entry is free, so just wander in and enjoy looking at all the wonderful and interesting stalls.
All set in the St Michael's Trading Estate, next to the Alleyways Antiques Centre, right in the heart of the town.
 
I'll be there as well, with my usual of array of vintage and retro goodies!

See you there!!

 


Wednesday, 22 May 2019

VINTAGE DRESS PATTERNS

Not only have I got a great selection of dress patterns from the 1950s to the 1970s, but they are all housed in a lovely vintage box ...





And just look at these fabulous designs!!






Someone bought a 1960s pattern, for an iconic looking dress, from me at the last Bridport Vintage Market in April, and told me she was actually going to make the dress, which is fantastic.

So if you want to make one of these dresses, or just have them as gorgeous vintage items, then run along to this Sunday's Vintage Market in the Dorset town of Bridport, and you'll find them on my stall, see you there!