Sunday, 9 December 2018

ARTPIX UPDATE!

After a very successful day yesterday at Wimborne Market, I'll now be concentrating on other bits and pieces.

First up is my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset. 



As always its packed with amazing vintage goodies, which are perfect as Christmas pressies, and I'll be cramming in yet more stuff this week!
I also have more Retro Football things to put in, including my own designs on cards and frames.


I'll get cracking on finishing my new website.


I've already finished a few pages on it, including ones that show my artworks and vintage pieces I have for sale. 
I'll be adding galleries of my photographs and examples of my design work, including book covers and posters.
Check out the progress right HERE


And I've just acquired this lovely old doll's house!


Probably dating to the 1950s, I'm looking forward to restoring it and sprucing it up a bit.
This is a brilliant project for me to work on while the weather is too rotten to do markets. Look out for it at a fair in 2019!!

Keep in touch on this blog for more news ...

Friday, 7 December 2018

WIMBORNE MARKET

I'll be at the wonderful Wimborne Market tomorrow morning!!



So run along to the lovely town of Wimborne Minster in Dorset and find me there!
This will almost certainly be my last market of the year, so it will be your last chance in 2018 to grab some vintage goodies and a few bargains as well.

See you there!!

Monday, 3 December 2018

TANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!

Had a great time this weekend at the Vintage Christmas event at the Tank Museum in Bovington!!

I love to do markets in unusual settings. Have done them before in castles, historic houses and some iconic venues, but never surrounded by tanks!

Had great sales as well, and with the added bonus of being able to wander around and check out all the tanks in this fantastic museum.


Had a great spot, right in amongst the tanks.
 

Was very pleased to see a Churchill tank, as my Grandfather worked on the prototype of these during the War.











I even staged my own battles while I was there!!!


This was probably my last event of 2018. 
I might try and squeeze in another market though, but it depends on the pesky weather!
I'll now spend the rest of the year trying to finish my new website and working on a few new projects.

Watch this space!!!

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

VINTAGE CHRISTMAS AT THE TANK MUSEUM!

My next market is this very special event at the world famous Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset!!!!



Come on down for this 2-day extravaganza on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December.

There will be a Vintage Market, live music, vintage vehicle display, kids activities, Santa's Grotto and loads more!
PLUS, you'll get to see the staggering collection of tanks held by the museum.

I can't wait for this unique event, in such a fantastic location.

Just one of the items I'm bringing along will be this brilliantly retro 1970s Army H.Q. Playset!


It also comes with some original toy soldiers from the 70s as well.




See you at the Vintage Market!!!

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

KILLING JOKE ROUNDHOUSE

Last Saturday the ArtPix and Arcane Publishing teams had a staff outing to London.

We were off to see the mighty KILLING JOKE, but first stopped off at Portobello Market, as we hadn't been there for a while.

A couple of years ago there were dark reports in the Evening Standard of property developers buying up bits of the market and inevitably turning them into flats. But I'm pleased to say that doesn't seem to have happened ... YET!!!

It still has its brilliant vibe, with the gorgeous houses and tiny antique arcades all crammed with amazing bits and pieces. Traders in the streets were braving the dipping temperatures and huge crowds, with yet more tempting vintage delights.

I've always been intrigued by the market, to me it feels like a timeline of London.

You start at the top of the street, with the very elegant Georgian and Victorian townhouses and their pastel shades, where you'll find the traditional old-English style of antique shops. 

The further down the street you go, the style of houses, sounds and stalls gradually change. The houses start to look slightly ramshackle and Dickensian, and the stalls have a modern and diverse range of art and food, reflecting all sorts of cultures.
You then finally get to the Westway, that huge flyover teeming with cars above you, and it has changed completely, with fantastic dub reggae booming out, cool clothes and record stalls everywhere, and a yet more diverse range of food.   
It really is a reflection of how London has progressed and changed over the decades, with new people and cultures adding to the mix. A great place to go and curiously this is where Killing Joke first met, formed and immersed themselves, adding that unusual dub and dance edge to their music.

Just around the corner is another of my favourite old haunts, the Music & Goods Exchange shops in Notting Hill Gate. Back in the early 90s I used to work near them and spent virtually every lunch hour in the record shops!!!  
I'm pleased to note that these haven't changed either, with that slightly Heath Robinson and relaxed air about them. I've only sporadically gone there in the last few years, so was good to have a proper root around. I came away with a few unusual and very cheap albums.

Then on to the main event of the day ...
KILLING JOKE!!

The gig at the Camden Roundhouse was their last date on a truly marathon tour.
I've lived my whole life through music, my alternative world view, fashions, knowledge have been influenced by some truly extraordinary bands that have opened my eyes to things no news programmes could ever do.
And above and beyond all of them are KILLING JOKE, who when I first heard them, changed me forever. No more mainstream music for me anymore!!!
So like me, and everyone else there, their concerts are a celebration. 
They are currently riding the wave of a renaissance, finally getting the recognition that, actually, they really did know what they were talking about all along!!!
And also the fact they are astonishing musicians, still no-one can play a guitar like Geordie Walker, and fascinating people off stage.

So if you feel inclined, please do check them out!

Here are a few piccies, as taken by Carya Gish ...


Jaz Coleman conducting the mayhem, with Youth on bass.



In full flight now ...



A good view of the cavernous Roundhouse, the ever increasing gap between stage and audience, and the usual array of slightly bemused looking security.



Geordie can just be seen on the left, behind him is his legendary guitar tech Diamond Dave.
Unfortunately we were too far over to get a glimpse of drummer Big Paul Ferguson and keyboardist Roi.


Can't wait for the next tour ...

Friday, 16 November 2018

RETRO LIVERPOOL FC

Know a Liverpool fan and just can't think of what to get them for Christmas??!!

Well, look no further, as I have the perfect present for them ...



A handy little table, that has been decorated in retro Liverpool items!!
It features Reds programmes from the 1970s and early 80s and some original Shoot magazine cuttings of famous players.

Loadsa Liverpool legends are on here, including Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish and Bruce Grobbelaar.


And here's John Barnes and John Aldridge!


You'll have to be on the ball to get this table!!


An advert for the Liverpool F.C. Supporters Club, from an original 1971 programme.


The Reds' impressive trophy haul, that was to be added to all throughout the 1980s.



The table is an ideal gift, as not only is it a complete one-off, but when Liverpool are on the telly, it can be placed next to your armchair as a handy place to put your beer, snacks and mobile!!!


You can find it in my unit at The Customs House, down on the seafront in West Bay, Dorset!!



And if that wasn't enough, I also have another exclusive Reds design, on a canvas frame, which can be hung on the wall, to make a perfect Liverpool living room!!



AND, I have yet more Reds related stuff in there ... a Liverpool flag, programmes from the 1960s to the 90s and many original designs on greetings cards, frames and fridge magnets!!

Get on down there now!!!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL

Anyone watching the BBC drama of John le Carré's book The Little Drummer Girl?
Well, for any retro fans out there this is a right old retro treat!!!

Set in the late 70s, possibly very early 80s, there are loads of carefully chosen and exquisite retro pieces decorating each scene. 
Gorgeous tables, lamps, homeware and then of course the clothes and the cars!!

But then in one scene in Episode 2, there was a strange sight ...

A fantastic Art Deco Shelley tea set!!!







What an odd thing to plonk in a scene set in 1970s West Berlin, some very English ceramics from the 1930s.

It did actually look a bit out of place, but I was so pleased to see it, as I've got exactly the same cup and saucer. Here it is below ...



And they have a precious teapot, which must be worth a fortune. I was too scared to watch, just in case one of the actors broke something!



So watch this scene and play the Deco Detective!


© All pix are copyright BBC.