Monday, 12 August 2019

SOMERTON VINTAGE MARKET

This Friday I'll be back at the brilliant Somerton Vintage Market in the heart of Somerset!

I was there last month and had a great day, so I'm giving it another go.
Got loads of new stock just waiting to be bought, so pop along to the lovely village of Somerton, find the beautiful Buttercross building, and have a browse!



Just one of the bits I'll be bringing is this unusual, and probably quite rare, Dutch tin ...


 
It has amazingly bold colours, and with the distinctive characters in traditional costume and windmill in the background, this can only be from Holland!





Not sure of the date, instinct says 1950s, but it could possibly go further back to the 40s/30s??
It would look great in a kitchen or alongside a collection of other tins.

Find it at the Somerton Vintage Market this Friday!!!


Sunday, 11 August 2019

BRISTOL CITY MYSTERY!

As I live just around the corner from Chesil Cove on the Isle of Portland, when there are gale force winds, it's always great fun to go down there and watch the waves come crashing in!




And while I was down there yesterday, I noticed on the metal railings, along the promenade next to Quiddles café, something mysterious!

No, not something odd that had been washed up by the sea, but retro Bristol City stickers!!!
Someone had gone along the railings and stuck down different stickers of players!!




As a massive fan of retro football, this was brilliant, going along seeing which player would be next!
Most of them seemed to be from the late 1970s, when City were riding high in the old First Divsion.
Players like Tom Ritchie, Terry Cooper, Ray Cashley and the brilliantly named Paul Cheesley.



 

But, they weren't original ones, like the classic Panini stickers, they must have been a new set of stickers designed to look retro, COOL!!

So who was this mysterious person sticking retro stickers around Portland??!!
Could it be this person here ... !
 



I should have a set of stickers made up of my very own retro tribute to Bristol City!
It could become a unique marketing campaign to get more people to buy my retro football designs!!

 

Saturday, 10 August 2019

KILLING JOKE – SUBTERANIA

Tonight my absolute favourite band are playing in Ladbroke Grove's Subterania in London.

And I won't be there .....

Tickets were a whopping fifty-odd quid, which I just couldn't justify spending, especially now I have to add on the petrol to get there from Dorset.

But, I do have the memories of seeing them play there in 1994.
One of my all-time favourite gigs ever!




Subterania is a tiny venue, and it was hotter than hot inside, but we all witnessed a very special performance from Killing Joke.


I was down the front as usual, and spent most of the evening getting crushed, and trying to avoid either being burnt alive or covered in paint by the performance artist they used to have on stage with them around that time. And I loved every second of it.





From a few grainy screen grabs from YouTube, you can see the chaos, and also you can see me!!
I had very long hair in those days, but that's me down there in the melee!!



So I won't be there tonight, but I'll be remembering that gig.

Honour the fire.



Watch it all here if you fancy it!!!

Thursday, 8 August 2019

THE CUSTOMS HOUSE

Looks like the weather has turned into classic British summer holiday mode – awful!!!

So instead of getting battered by the wind and rain, why not run along to West Bay in Dorset, where I've stocked up my unit at The Customs House!




Just today I spent ages putting in loads of new stock, including retro football programmes, groovy ceramics, Matchbox cars, books and tonnes more ...

There are also still some of my vintage-inspired driftwood signs left as well, so grab one while stocks last!





And as the weather isn't great at the moment, I'll be confined to barracks, working on all sorts of upcycling projects from bits of rescued furniture.
Just this week I've done a decoupage of old copies of the Beano on a lovely Mid-Century table.
It's now ready for the endless coats of varnish that these things need!





I'll keep you posted on all these projects and some of the exciting new stock I've got lined up.

Saturday, 3 August 2019

ARTPIX UPDATE!

Hi folks!

After my recent events in Dorchester and Taunton, this week I've been back on the road hunting down exciting new bits and pieces to sell at future fairs!

I've bought a lovely old set of wooden drawers, that will be a great little project for me to work on.




And a stunning old original painting of a sailing ship in full flight.



These, and loads more new stuff, will be appearing at my next events ...
SOMERTON VINTAGE MARKET on 16th August.
BRIDPORT VINTAGE MARKET on 25th August.
And the WILTON HOUSE MAMMOTH CAR BOOT SALE on 26th August.

So catch me at these dates!!


I'm making the most of the summer weather to do a few boot fairs as well, to clear some junk and a few bits of old stock. So keep an eye out for news on those.


I also had an ArtPix outing to London this week to see my first ever cricket match, Middlesex v Kent!!

I used to follow the game a bit in the 80s, but have seriously lost touch with it all.
But to see a game at the very heart and soul of the sport – Lord's – was something very special.

There is certainly an aura about the place, and even though it was only a 20-over each floodlit game, it was still hugely enjoyable.
It was also a chance for me to watch 'my team', as I was born in Middlesex!

I'll definitely go back for another game there, and also try and get to some local non-league football matches this season as well, as Premier League football gets further and further away from my budget.

Keep in touch for more news!




Friday, 26 July 2019

1950s HAGO WARE COFFEE TABLE

Alongside some of the 'proper' salvage bits I'm bringing along to TAUNTON'S VINTAGE & SALVAGE FAIR this Sunday, is a bit of 50s style as well!





This fabulous coffee table was made by Hago Ware, who hailed from Bognor Regis!

With the smooth and simple wooden top, to the metal magazine rack underneath, it oozes 50s cool.
And it has the added touch of the little plastic atomic ends on each leg and rail!

So if you fancy this fabulous Fifties table, then run along to Taunton's Vintage & Salvage Fair at Woodlands Castle in Somerset, entry to the event is completely FREE!!!

DORSET ART MARKET

This is my last shout out for tomorrow's big event at the Avenue Stadium in Dorchester ... the Dorset Art Market!!!

I've been showing some of the items I'll be bringing along in my blogs this week, so you'll have a bit of an idea of what you'll find on my stall!

One last pic to show you here, a jolly scene of well-dressed 1920s Grandparents, with their slightly shy Grandchild, on Margate seafront.
With, of course, the famous old ditty above it!



If you fancy this pic then come on down to the market tomorrow!!
 



Thursday, 25 July 2019

PROPER SALVAGE!

As I'll be at TAUNTON'S VINTAGE & SALVAGE FAIR at Woodlands Castle on Sunday, I thought I'd better dig out a bit of proper salvage!!

And at the back of the ArtPix Storeroom I found this classic example ...




A salvaged, very old and very rusty boot scraper!!!

Its purpose is of course in the name!
Always placed at the front door of a house, they would have been a handy way of getting rid of the worst of the mud from the grimy streets or lanes outside.






My first thought was Victorian, probably early Victorian, but looking at the style and decoration, could actually be Georgian.
Which makes this piece very interesting indeed!!

It can still be used as a scraper if you wanted, but it might be nice if it could live out its retirement inside the house, maybe as a doorstop!!

If you want this unusual item, then run along to Taunton's Vintage & Salvage Fair this Sunday!!!


DIGITAL COLLAGE

One of the many different things I'm bringing along to this Saturday's DORSET ART MARKET in Dorchester is a selection of my digital collages.

I've always loved doing these, as I can mix my love of all things vintage, with my very own photographs.

This one below is a classic example ...


Made up of all sorts of images, with the baby doll's face being a photo I took of an original porcelain head I bought at a flea market.
The anglepoise lamp is one I bought and sold at vintage markets. The futuristic buildings are from photos I took of places in Brussels and the other images are from vintage magazines.

Together they create a striking, dark and slightly sinister image!

For more of these and many other things, just hop along to the Dorset Art Market and find them on my stall!!

 

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

DONKEY DERBY

This Sunday I'll be at TAUNTON'S SALVAGE & VINTAGE FAIR in Somerset, and as this is a new and exciting event, I thought I should bring along something a little different ...

A fantastic vintage fairground sign for a Donkey Derby!!!








This hand-painted sign would brighten up any home, and be a great addition to any collection of quirky items!!

So if you fancy this, and also want a brilliant day out, then come along to this fair on Sunday at the amazing Woodlands Castle.




See you there!!!

2CV

This Saturday I'll be appearing at the fantastic DORSET ART MARKET in Dorchester.
I'm bringing along all sorts of bits of my work, but it will also be a nice opportunity to show some of my photographs.

I love taking photos, (although I'm very much an amateur), and can't resist tweaking them a little afterwards. I always think taking the photo is just the start of something.

As I haven't done any art markets for years, my photography has been left behind a bit, and I never show any of my pix anymore.

But I've dug out this one, taken in the French village of La Borne, which is right in the centre of France.
The scene couldn't have looked more French, a classic 2CV, next to a typical old shuttered house.



This picture, plus quite a few others will be on my stall at the Dorset Art Market, so run along and see what you can find!!

 

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

MYSTERIOUS GIRL!

For this Sunday's TAUNTON'S VINTAGE & SALVAGE FAIR I'm bringing along this amazing sepia-tinted print ...



But just who is the mystery girl???
And how old is it???

Tantalizingly, it has some writing on the back, written in pencil. But the only bit I can make out are the words 'brown eyes'. Which was probably written by the photographer.

At first glance I thought it was Edwardian, but looking closer at the hairstyle and the style of the dress, it could actually be from the 1920s.

The print is actually quite big, measuring in at 50cm x 40cm, but unfortunately has suffered a bit of wear and tear over the years.

Especially the 'tear' bit ... as it had been torn into three pieces and thrown away.
So I rescued it and have given our mystery girl another life, and hopefully a new home.

If you fancy having a go at solving this puzzle, then run along to Woodlands Castle this Sunday and find this on my stall!



 

ST CATHERINE'S CHAPEL — ABBOTSBURY

For the upcoming DORSET ART MARKET this Saturday, I'm taking along an artwork I've done of a local landmark.

St Catherine's Chapel is one of the most iconic and beautiful spots in the whole of Dorset, so it made sense to take some photos and have a go at a collage!



The other elements on the artwork are photos taken from more spooky and unusual places around Dorset!

I've got a gorgeous framed version of this artwork, so if you fancy it, run along to the Dorset Art Market at the Avenue Stadium in Dorchester this Saturday!

 

Monday, 22 July 2019

MAD WEEKEND AHEAD!

Looking forward to a fantastic weekend ahead, where I'll be at TWO brilliant events!!

First up is the DORSET ART MARKET, at the Avenue Stadium in Dorchester on Saturday 27th July.


I'm really looking forward to being part of this amazing art event, as I'll be going back to my roots.
I started my ArtPix enterprise 9 years ago by doing lots of Art Markets in Essex.
So it'll be great to once again have a showcase for my vintage inspired art, photos and collages.

One of the things I'll be bringing along is my range of popular 'Dazzling Decades', the series features a collage of every decade from the 1910s to the 1980s.


They've all been put together with vintage and retro pieces from my own collections, and stock that I've sold at fairs.

I'll be blogging this week about other artworks and photos that you'll find on my stall!



Then on Sunday 28th, I'll be in Somerset for TAUNTON'S VINTAGE & SALVAGE FAIR at Woodlands Castle.




I can't wait for this either, as I've been veering towards salvage items for a while now.
And this is the perfect opportunity to have a go at a real-life salvage fair!!!
This is their first event, so I'm hoping it will be a roaring success and we can all come back next year!

Just one of the interesting bits I'll bring along is this brilliant handmade wooden medical box.


In a stunning green with white crosses, it's actually a portable box, that opens up to reveal different compartments.






It could also be attached to the wall, to make a really fun and individual medicine cabinet!

Again, I'll be blogging about other great vintage items I'll be bringing along, so don't forget to keep in touch!!