Thursday, 14 February 2019

KODAK BROWNIE 127

Just one of several vintage cameras I have for sale is this gem here ....




It's the Kodak Brownie 127, which is the Second Model of this design, and came out in April 1959, remaining in production until 1963.

Of course the Brownie name is one of the most famous brands ever, and Kodak only started to change their iconic Box designs in the 1950s.

It's in extraordinary condition, the best I've ever seen on a vintage camera, and it also has its original case, which is perfect as well.


So this can either take pride of place in someones collection of vintage cameras, or can be taken out and used to take quality vintage-style photos, the choice is yours!!

It has a lovely simple, but stylish design, and I love the pale yellow touches to it.





 

Take a peep at this and other cameras on my stall at LOU LOU'S BOURNEMOUTH VINTAGE FAIR this Sunday, the 17th February at Bournemouth's Pavilion Theatre, and make it snappy!







Wednesday, 13 February 2019

UPCYCLED DRESSING TABLE MIRROR!

Welcome to my latest upcycling project!


I've transformed a rather mundane looking dressing table mirror into a highly colourful fashion and style statement!!

Using a bit of gold spray and bright pink paint, I brightened it all up.


Then added a mixture of the latest fashion pictures and vintage images, that I've cut out from magazines, and kept for projects like these.




Screen legend Joan Crawford looks at home doing her make-up with this mirror!






The wonderful Grace Jones makes an appearance too!


Just one of the fantastic vintage images.


And the contemporary fashion pix.





Every bit of space has been used!


 And here is Julie Andrews in full flight!



I really like the combination of the old and new pictures and the contrasting colours of gold and pink.

By the way, the reflection in the mirror is of my vintage dressmaker's dummy, which I thought was appropriate for this fashion-inspired piece!



As with all individual projects like this, you will own a complete one-off!!
So if you run along to the lovely LOU LOU'S BOURNEMOUTH VINTAGE FAIR at the Pavilion Theatre on Sunday 17th February you will find it on my stall!!!

Monday, 11 February 2019

VINTAGE TEA PARTY!

If you fancy a bit of marvellous Mid-Century Midwinter, then look no further!
Feast your eyes on this set of fabulous 50s cups, saucers and plates ...

Just look at those colours, shapes and patterns, they absolutely scream 1950s!!



Made by the famous ceramics maker Midwinter Pottery, they are brilliantly called the 'Midwinter Modern Fashion Shape'.



The pattern is the 'Quite Contrary' design created by legendary ceramics designer Jessie Tait, that really grabs the spirit of the age. 
Britain's Post-War designers and makers were then riding on the crest of a wave of a newly-found creative confidence, first inspired by the Festival of Britain in 1951.



So what better way to recapture that buzz, than to have a nice cup of tea from one of these cups, with the added bonus of a crafty chocolate biccie from the handy side plate!




So any vintage fans who fancy a slice of 50s style, all you have to do is pop along to LOU LOU'S BOURNEMOUTH VINTAGE FAIR on Sunday 17th February at the Pavilion Theatre and you'll find them on my stall!!
SEE YOU THERE! 

Sunday, 10 February 2019

JUST IN CASE ...

If you've ever wanted to look stylish on a weekend jaunt away somewhere, well here are the perfect accessories ...

Three fantastic vintage travel cases to choose from!




First up is this small but perfect 1950s brown leather case.




A super 70s case, naturally for the decade, it comes in a mad orange/brown colour! 
And has a real-retro cool look to it.



And this is my favourite, another one from the 1950s, but with a nice authentic extra touch.



Not only is this 'Lightweight Travair' case classically vintage looking, it comes with amazing original luggage labels.


Still stuck on the side are labels from 1955 for British Railways and Southern Railway, showing the station Fullerton.



Fullerton Junction station was on a line between Andover and Redbridge in Hampshire, and was brilliantly known as the Sprat and Winkle Line!!
The station was closed in 1964. 
Curiously, Southern Railway was renamed into British Railways in 1948, and yet they were still using the luggage labels with the original name as late as 1955!
The case really evokes travelling on steam trains in a lost era.


I'm bringing these cases along to my next fair, at the lovely LOU LOU'S BOURNEMOUTH VINTAGE FAIR on Sunday 17th February, at the Pavilion Theatre down on Bournemouth's seafront.
See you there, if you want a brief encounter with these cases!!
 


Friday, 8 February 2019

1950s MUSICAL BOX

This rather unassuming box reveals a wonderful secret ... !


Open it up and you enter a fantastically kitsch world!!



Plush red velvet lining, and a ballerina that revolves around as it plays a little tune.


Despite its slightly comical look its actually made by a world famous company, who are leaders in the field of musical and mechanical boxes.


The Swiss firm Reuge started out in the tiny village of Sainte-Croix in Switzerland in 1865. Founded by Charles Reuge, the company grew and grew and became THE place to get your innovative musical boxes.

Our little box dates to the 1950s, when presumably Reuge were in their Kitsch period!!
The tiny ballerina twirls around to the tune of Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin', from the Broadway play and later the film, Oklahoma, first coming out in 1943.

They were made as jewellery boxes, and there is no reason why this gem can't carry on playing, as you keep your precious pieces in there on your dressing table!


So if you fancy this, come along to my next fair at LOU LOU'S BOURNEMOUTH VINTAGE FAIR on Sunday 17th February at Bournemouth's Pavilion Theatre, and see it for yourself!



Saturday, 2 February 2019

MATTARTPIX.COM WEBSITE REVAMP!

Pleased to announce the redesign of my main website www.mattartpix.com is now complete!!!



Have been working on it over the past month, to replace my rickety old one, and have completely revamped the whole look and feel.

It now has 10 different sections, showing all aspects of the Matt ArtPix Empire.
The design is now much cleaner and whiter, and I've held back my instincts to go mad on it, making easy-to-look-at galleries featuring my artworks, vintage items and designs!

Here is a step-by-step guide to what's on there now:

The ABOUT page is a brief introduction to me and what I do ...






The NEWS page has a list of markets and fairs you can find me at, plus news of the latest stock.


On the ARTWORK page you will see a gallery with some of my Digital Artworks and collages. 
Including this one, entitled 'In the Soup'!


Next up is the ITEMS page, which shows you a selection of some of the amazing Vintage & Retro Items I sell at the markets and fairs.
Each picture has an explanation of what it is, with this gorgeous Art Deco Gray's Pottery Trio being just one of the items.



The FOOTIE page has all my popular Retro Football designs, which I sell as cards, fridge magnets and framed pictures.
Liverpool is just one of the many teams I've done.


PHOTOS showcases a selection of my own photographs, I'm certainly not a professional but I do love taking photos!
This is an example of one of my pics, the Barkers building in London, and as with the other galleries, all the pics have a title and explanation.


The RETRO page is all about my many retro-themed designs. I've started with all the Dazzling Decades series, and will add other designs later.
Below is one of my Dazzling Decades, the 'Fighting 40s' .


Now for the WORK page, although I very much do my own thing now, I'm still available for work and commissions!! 
And here I've showcased a few examples of recent work, including book covers, posters and design layouts.



And finally the CONTACT page, giving details of how to get in touch with me.

I'll be adding things to the galleries, and updating the News page, so do have a look from time-to-time and keep in touch with what I'm doing!!

You may have noticed I've also changed this Blog's banner at the top of the page, to tie-in with the new look.
So the ArtPix Revamp is well under way!!