Thursday, 9 July 2015


I've just finished a special collage of the wonderful county of Dorset.

Plundering the ArtPix Archives, I've used vintage items from my own collections to put together this artwork.
I've tried to find items that delve into Dorset's rich and colourful past, giving a sense of this unique place. Of course some old Thomas Hardy books are on there!

Lovely vintage book of Thomas Hardy's Dorset.

I found many items I'd forgotten I had, including classic Sampson's cloth badges and pin badges of towns like Weymouth and Lyme Regis. I actually bought them as a child on a holiday there in 1980. Bit scary that this is now on a 'vintage' collage!!

One of my forgotten Sampson's cloth badges! I used to love collecting these as a kid!

Also, I used some bits that I've only recently got, the lovely old railway luggage labels of towns in Dorset, from our recent fair at Ally Pally last May.

Gorgeous old Pre-War railway luggage labels.

I've used a few unusual things as well. In some old photograph albums I've got I found original pictures of places in Dorset from the 1920s and 30s. These include some unique pictures of a family's visit to Laurence of Arabia's Clouds Hill cottage near Wareham in 1938, only three years after he died.
Fabulous original photographs of the inside and outside of Laurence of Arabia's cottage.

I absolutely love this fantastic photo from 1929, what a great holiday she must have had!!

Vintage postcards of some of Dorset's most iconic places.

I love this book from 1947 by the splendidly named Aubrey de Selincourt! He paints a vivid and unique picture of a county he loves.

Senior Service cigarette cards from the 1930s, featuring a very different looking Poole Harbour!

This is also a preview of some very exciting ArtPix news coming up.... Watch this space!!!

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