Wednesday, 18 July 2018

WIMBORNE MARKET

Just confirming I'll be at this brilliant market on Saturday 21st July!

It'll be the first time I've traded there, so I'm looking forward to being at a new venue.
The market is a great place to pick up interesting vintage items, and also on the site is a general market and antiques centre. What more could you want?!

So on Saturday, if you happen to find yourself in the lovely Dorset town of Wimborne, which isn't that far from Poole and Bournemouth, get down there and say hello!!!

Kick-off is an early 7-30am, so set your alarm clocks!!




Tuesday, 17 July 2018

BABY-FACED ASSASSIN

At the hundreds of fairs and markets I go to I kept seeing old dolls.
Most look spectacularly scary, especially the Victorian ones, so I thought it would be perfect for a collage.

At the recent Giant Shepton Flea Market I had a lucky find on a stall near me. A whole box of replica Victorian doll's heads!
They actually came from a well-known doll restorer, Lilian Middleton, who runs the Doll's Hospital.
Made as replacement heads for damaged originals, they are unintentionally creepy, especially as they are perfect, with unblemished skin. Ideal for one of my vintage based artworks!

Here is the head as it is ...




And used in an artwork I knocked up today ...




Expect to see this little gem appear in many other guises. I've already done two more artworks with it today!!

Monday, 16 July 2018

KERPOW!

Alongside all the fairs and markets I'm doing, don't forget I still have my busy unit down at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset!

This Grade II listed building is right on the seafront, and near the harbour in this gorgeous seaside town.

And just one of the hundreds of brilliant vintage gems you can find in my unit there is this fantastic Batman annual ...





Printed in 1966, it tied-in with the iconic and crazy American TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward, which ran for 120 insane episodes from January 1966 to March 1968.

So if you're a massive fan of the show, or just a super-heroes fan in general, this is a must!

Get down there now!







Saturday, 14 July 2018

GIANT SHEPTON FLEA MARKET

I'll be at this splendid market near Shepton Mallet at the crack of dawn tomorrow!!
Kick off is at 9-30am, but it pays to arrive super-early as there is so much to see!

Including my stall!!!!
And here are a few bits that you'll see on there ...


An elegant 1930s wooden revolving bookcase, an absolutely gorgeous piece.
It can hold 30 of these classic Agatha Christie books, a perfect accompaniment!




An FA Cup money box!!
It looks great as a piece of footballing memorabilia, and is also handy for your loose change!!



A lovely Susie Cooper jam pot, which has her Dresden Spray design and dates to 1935. Check out the sleek and modernist shape of the lid! I've also added a free spoon, which is actually late Victorian.




The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour album from 1967. It has a gatefold sleeve and includes the original 24-page booklet.





A 1920s wooden cut-out of the famous cartoon character Bonzo the Dog. He was absolutely huge in the 20s and appeared on everything from comics to animated films. Here he is trying to charm a rather angry looking cat!




Something a bit different here. A promotional shop display poster and banner for the Simple Minds live video Verona from 1990. 
They were originally displayed in the window of the Our Price Records shop in Notting Hill Gate, London.



This is a close-up of Shepton Mallet train station from a framed 1934 Great Western Railway map of Somerset. It shows all the counties' stations, most of which probably don't exist anymore, so a great piece of railway history.

So if you fancy any of these, get yourself down to the Royal Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet tomorrow!!

Friday, 13 July 2018

1960s ANGLEPOISE LAMP

Gotta groovy 60s anglepoise lamp to show you!!



In a fantastic orange colour, this classic design was one of the best inventions of the 20th Century, and would look superb on any computer desk or table.




It has an unusual square base which you don't normally see, and is weighted to hold the weight of the lamp.



It even has an energy bulb!


And like any anglepoise it can be twisted to any position you want.



This is just one of loads of amazing vintage items that I'll have for sale on my stall at this Sunday's GIANT SHEPTON FLEA MARKET at the Royal Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet!

See you there!

Thursday, 12 July 2018

BACK TO REALITY ...

After a manic time supporting England this week, I'm now back up and running and getting out there doing markets!

So keep these dates open:

July 15th: GIANT SHEPTON FLEA MARKET at the Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

July 21st: WIMBORNE MARKET at the Riverside Park in Wimborne, Dorset.

July 29th: BRIDPORT VINTAGE MARKET at the St Michael's Trading Estate, Bridport, Dorset.


The Wimborne Market is a new venture for me, its a brilliant place, as there is a car boot section, a proper old-school market and an antique centre all on the same site.
I'll be in the car boot bit, which actually has top quality antique stalls, so I figured this is a great place to trade from.

I've been hunting down new stock all over Dorset and Somerset recently, so I can't wait to get back out there!

Here is one tiny example, a great stash of my favourite vintage magazine PICTURE POST!


See you at one of these great markets!!!

Sunday, 8 July 2018

DARE WE BELIEVE??!!

This is already the best thing that's happened to England since 1990, but there's no harm in starting to dream. Is there?!




Wednesday, 4 July 2018

COME ON ENGLAND!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, it did actually happen, you didn't dream it, England DID win a penalty shoot-out!!!!!!

Unbelievable scenes everywhere around the country, especially at ArtPix Towers, when I ran into the street shouting COME ON ENGLAND (sorry neighbours)!!!!

Now for Saturday, restock the beer supplies and crisps, and we'll be ready ...




Monday, 2 July 2018

CHESIL COVE

We are still having crazy weather, with day after day of sizzling sunshine! 

So who needs to go on holiday, when down here in Dorset I've got this 5 minutes from ArtPix Towers?!


Not that long ago the Isle of Portland was getting its first snow in years, but now its basking in endless sun.
And just look at the sea down at my local beach in Chesil Cove, I've never seen it so clear!!!






Friday, 29 June 2018

BOBBY MOORE

With the World Cup in full swing, we will always look back at 1966 and the images of England captain Bobby Moore lifting the trophy.



So during a jaunt around London this week I popped into the National Portrait Gallery in London to look at the tiny exhibition about this legendary footballer. 

Although it only has 10 photographs, the Bobby Moore: First Gentleman of English Football gallery captures the man and his sport.
From his early beginnings at West Ham as a youngster in the late '50s, his England days, to the end of his career at Fulham and beyond.

All are black and white prints and exquisitely presented.

During the 60s he completed an unusual hat-trick of winning trophies at Wembley. With West Ham he won the FA Cup in 1964, the European Cup Winners Cup the following year, then finishing off with the famous World Cup win with England in 1966.

I actually had the honour of meeting him once. In the mid-80s he had a spell as manager of Southend United, so at a pre-season open day, before the 1984/85 campaign, I eagerly went along with my autograph book! 
Not only did I get a load of Southend players' signatures, but there was Bobby himself standing on the pitch happily signing away for everyone.
What a true gent, patiently talking to all. I also remember thinking how tall he was!



In case you are interested, this is the link to the exhibition HERE



Bobby also features on a number of my RETRO FOOTBALL designs, including these ...





Monday, 25 June 2018

MISSIONS

Have just finished watching the very stylish French Sci-fi drama MISSIONS, which had been on BBC4.



With its stunning opening title sequence and cool Electro theme tune, this has been a real joy to watch.
The mission in question was a trek to Mars and the air of mystery and tension mounted as they discovered, what should have been a long-dead Soviet astronaut, was already there.

That's all I'll give away as you might want to give it a go yourself.
Its also a handy way to catch up with your knowledge of French swear words!

But there was a nice retro touch with the character of the mysterious astronaut Komorov, who, in the story, was a comrade of Yuri Gagarin.

Gagarin was, in 1961, the most famous person on the planet, as he became the first human to fly into outer space. 

My own comrade, Carya Gish of Arcane Publishing, has this amazing magazine from the time of Yuri's famous flight.

Simply called SOVIET UNION, it has a fabulous portrait of the hero of the hour. 



This magazine from 1961 is a real oddity. Published in England, its clearly a propaganda vehicle for the country and for Communism. Strange articles and features and even some cartoons, paint a picture of how open and technologically advanced the country was. Its a fascinating bit of history in itself.

By the way, Miss Gish is actually selling this and another Soviet Union magazine, so let me know if you are interested!!

Thursday, 21 June 2018

THE LONGEST DAY

Today it is now officially summer!!
June 21st being the Summer Solstice.

And as I live on the Isle of Portland there was no need to go to Stonehenge today to celebrate, as we have our very own one right here!!


I guess it's all downhill now, so I might as well get the Xmas decorations out!!!

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

SNAPPY SNAPS!

Following on from my vintage seaside picture yesterday, I've dug out a photograph album I bought recently in Glastonbury.

It contains some absolutely stunning photos of London taken in the 1920s. 
It also has a few charming seaside snaps of classic days out by the sea.

The London pix however are the best, they have an atmospheric, ghostly feel to them.

Have a look at some of the pix here ...




Yes, the album is actually called Snappy Snaps!!


An amazing street scene with St Paul's Cathedral in the background. Taken in Ludgate Hill, just look how empty it is!! Only 1 car and 1 bus, plus a few people.


An unusual view of the Old Bailey, where you can see the Lady Justice statue on top. This photo can only have been taken from the Monument, the only tall building other than St Paul's around at the time. Sadly this area would be devastated during the Blitz.

I love this photo of Big Ben, the car whizzing by in the foreground reminds me of one of my favourite Jacques Henri Lartigue photographs. The one where the racing car is hurtling by and Lartigue has captured the back wheel in a crazy position!  Funnily enough, it was probably taken around the same time as this.




This is easily the most atmospheric and poignant. The Cenotaph in Whitehall.
The Portland stone memorial, designed by Edwin Lutyens was built in 1920, replacing a wooden version of it. It be would become the centre-piece for national Remembrance. Throughout the 20s and 30s it would forever be covered in flowers as people flocked to it. As you can see it this photo, it is indeed surrounded by flowers, with people paying their respects to a lost family member or friend. I love this photo, with the slightly awkward angle and positioning, it has a natural feel to it.




This chap is enjoying a day out at the fair! Not sure what his costume is, but he's definitely up for a bit of bowling! 


And two lovely seaside shots here, above a woman in a very fashionable 20s swimming cossie and below Grandma just happy to sit quietly on the beach, near the pier, letting the bright young things get on with it.



I often use old photographs as part of my artworks and collages, and these pictures lend themselves perfectly to it.

I've already started on one, with the Cenotaph photo. It has a sad and ghostly feel to it, so I thought it would be perfect to have a soldier looking down on the people, with the headstones of a First World War cemetery, known as Silent Cities, in the foreground. With the wording LEST WE FORGET.





Tuesday, 19 June 2018

OH! I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE!

Having lived by the sea virtually all my life, either in Southend-on-Sea or on the Isle of Portland, this famous ditty really could be my song!!

First written in the midst of Edwardian England in 1907, it became a music hall classic, and has been famous ever since.

It really conjures up what England is all about, with families coming down to the sea for a day trip or their hols, for a good old jolly up by the seaside!

Last year I bought a couple of fantastic 1920s postcards of splendidly attired grandparents with their grandchild, walking along a promenade. I decided to use one of them with the famous song title included.
I chose the off-beat Victorian font and worn-away style to represent that slightly run-down, faded glamour that you can find on certain seafronts.





Shame I can't pinpoint which seaside town they were in, although in amongst these cards I bought were two from Margate, which had people that really looked like they were from the same family, so it could possibly be the now trendy Kent town. 

I'm hoping to get this printed up and framed, so any takers let me know!! 

Monday, 18 June 2018

COME ON ENGLAND!!!!

Here we go then for another England World Cup campaign.
I've no idea how we'll get on, but let's just enjoy the ride!

There is a quiet, understated air around the squad this time, with the dignified Gareth Southgate doing all the right things.
So you never know, we could have a decent run for once.

And I never miss an opportunity to dig out some retro footie stuff, so he is my original 1970s England top, made by the fantastic kit designers of the era, Admiral. Enjoy! 



COME ON ENGLAND!!!!!!

Friday, 15 June 2018

BEACH COLLAGE

I've put together a Dorset decoupage design with a seaside and beach theme, from bits and pieces I had knocking around the ArtPix Studio!



Various print-outs, ideas and old projects were used, plus an original vintage postcard. All bunged on a 50cm x 40cm canvas painted in a vivid blue, perfectly representing a summer sky by the sea.


This is the original postcard, a classic John Hinde card from the 1960s, of Lulworth Cove, from a picture taken by one his photographers Elmar Ludwig. Hinde was a legendary postcard producer throughout the 50s to the 80s, with the use of enhanced colours and people in the foreground a specialty of his cards!


I love this photo of two women dipping their toes in the sea! It was originally from a 1920s photo album that I bought years ago in Greenwich Market. I added the colour to the sea and printed it for another project, but here it is being recycled! I've added the lines 'I do like to be beside the seaside' as well.



These postcards and badges of famous places around Dorset are actually bits of a special Dorset collage I designed a while ago.



As I'll be at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset this Sunday, for one of their Sunday Markets, I'm bringing it along to sell.
So pop down there if you want a unique, one-off seaside souvenir!!!