Gonna be away for a few days, so you won't hear from me for a bit ... (Stop cheering at the back!)
Saturday, 19 September 2020
Thursday, 17 September 2020
I love an old vintage tin!
But you can't keep them all, so I've bunged a few in my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset!
Here are a few of them ...
A 1960s Frears Teatime Assorted Biscuits tin.
Really cool 60s storage canister, complete with groovy flower designs!
And finally an unusual book-shaped tin, also produced by Cadbury's.
If you fancy any of these, run on down to The Customs House right away!!
Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Bit of a random piece of stock from the ArtPix Storeroom to show you ...
A Life magazine cover of the iconic boxer Muhammad Ali.
This original vintage cover dates from November 9th 1970, and has been mounted onto black board and framed.
You can find it on sale in my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset.
Run along there soon before it gets snapped up!!
Saturday, 12 September 2020
I'm off doing the 'boots' again tomorrow, so you can find me at Yeovil Boot Fair, at the Showground on the edge of town.
Friday, 11 September 2020
As vintage fairs have been decimated this year, meaning zero sales for yours truly, I'm having to bite the bullet and sell stuff online!
So have peep at these gorgeous Mid-Century Scandinavian nest of tables.
A slice of vintage cool for your living room!
Wednesday, 9 September 2020
I took this photo a few years ago of this rather forlorn but defiant looking old cinema.
It stands on the seafront at Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex, and is called the Kino Cinema.
Built in 1916, it would've begun life showing silent movies, way before the talkies were even thought of. It strikes me as odd though, that the German word for cinema was used ... Kino ... being as it was right in the middle of the First World War.
It has a bold appearance, painted in yellow, with the huge front wall, and the striking KINO lettering picked out in red.
It's possible this was a later addition, as the architecture looks very Art Deco, and the font definitely does as well.
It closed its doors as early as 1951, and has been an amusement arcade ever since.
But it's as if the stardust of the movies has never left it, as she still looks proud.
Bit like a fading film star, who still has a bit of glamour about them.
Friday, 4 September 2020
My brand new digital magazine is up on the Issu website if anyone fancies something to read!!
All designed, written and put together by me(!), I've combined my love of everything vintage with my own artworks and designs.
There is also a page featuring items I have for sale, with the first issue showing some iconic 60s Ben Chairs tucked away in the ArtPix Storeroom.
Go HERE to have a peep at the magazine.
I'm slowly but surely working on the next magazine already, which will be out this Autumn, so keep in touch here for more news!
Monday, 31 August 2020
Sunday, 30 August 2020
Finally some good news from ArtPix Towers ... a successful boot fair today at Dorchester in Dorset!!
My first fair since February, and I'm glad to say I sold loads of bits and pieces, as the coins were rolling into the ArtPix coffers once again.
There's also a chink of light in the ArtPix Storeroom now, where there's a bit of spare space!!
I'll carry on with the boots for now, as vintage fairs aren't yet really up and running at the mo, so be prepared to grab a bargain at my stalls!
Saturday, 29 August 2020
Thursday, 27 August 2020
I found this vintage photograph in the fantastic Filmisfine camera shop in Bridport, Dorset.
Dating to the 1930s, I love the bold, sparse white background, and how the person is set low in the frame.
For some reason it reminded me of MAN RAY, the surrealist photographer and painter, and of the incredible abstract and surreal photography of the 30s.
I then decided to convert this pic into a surreal collage, as a dedication to the innovative photographers of that era, with a hint of the rayograph effect that was a speciality of Man Ray ...
Wednesday, 26 August 2020
Just noticed I hadn't posted anything for a week!!!
So here is another one of my random photos/artworks ...
Taken on a saunter around the Barbican in London a couple of years ago.
I love the Brutalist architecture around there.
Sometimes the area can be seem deserted, giving it a strange sci-fi/futurist/dystopian nightmare vibe to the place.
Wednesday, 19 August 2020
Take a look at these two 1960s Spanish 7" singles!
These beauties are from 1968 and 1969.
I'll be honest, I'd never heard of JOAN MANUEL SERRAT, but he's a major musician in Spain, and I'm pleased to say he's still going strong!
Our Joan is a respected artist out there, and coming from Barcelona, he's not afraid to speak his mind on the Catalan independence debate.
Import 7" singles from the 60s are still a bit of a novelty here. They have a bit of mystery and glamour about them, mainly as these artists are often unknown in this country.
We Brits are a bit naughty when it comes to Euro pop though.
Because we have such an enormous musical legacy here, we are often a bit sniffy about 'Continental' music, and can be found sniggering at it.
But I have to say these songs are probably what you would expect ... CHEESY, DATED (even for the late 60s), MUSICALLY UNCHALLENGING, and TERRIFYINGLY AWFUL!!!!
BUT I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM!
Also, inside one of the record sleeves was something I never expected to see ... a sticker for Woolworths!!!!
The record was brilliantly bought in a local branch of WOOLWORTH ESPAÑOLA!!!
I never knew they were out in Spain.
And of course with, SATISFACCION GARANTIZADA.
Sunday, 16 August 2020
To cheer myself up, I was looking through some of my photos in the ArtPix Photo Library.
And I found this picture of a French door, which I j'adore ...(!)
It was a flashback to good times, taken four years ago, in the small town of Ambert, in the Auvergne region of France.
Oh la la !!
Saturday, 15 August 2020
Finally, at last, that awful war was over ... Would love to see some pictures of veterans, and NOT pointless royals and politicians pretending to look solemn.
... as my Grandmother used to say!!!
So with that in mind, I'm not gonna risk going to the Shepton Flea Market tomorrow.
The blimmin weather has beaten me again, and factoring in the cost of petrol from the 100-odd mile round trip, and potential damage to stock, it just isn't worth the risk or the worry.
So onwards and upwards from our more than disastrous year!
Instead of spending my time checking weather forecasts, I'm looking into selling stuff online.
I'm not a big fan of doing this, but it looks like it will be the only way to empty the bulging ArtPix Stockroom!
Thursday, 13 August 2020
As Fulham recently got promoted back to the razzmatazz of the Premier League, I thought now was a good time to add them to my Retro Football series ...
There's always been something comfortingly traditional about Fulham, it must be the leafy riverside location and their homely stadium.
Rare these days, especially in the top flight of football, is their gorgeous main stand, (now named the Johnny Haynes Stand) built in 1905, and the curious cottage-like Pavilion next to it, all designed by the legendary architect Archibald Leitch.
It seems incredible its all still there, with the relentless thirst for progress in the game, but they stand like beacons, to not only to bygone era, but to the elegance of Leitch's stadium designs.
With all that history swirling around, it isn't surprising to learn that Fulham are the oldest professional football club in London, having begun in 1879.
Also surprising, is that they've never won a major trophy in all that time!
Although they have won second and third tier Championships, and also famously got to the FA Cup final in 1975.
From the outside they do seem a club quite content to just bob along and see what happens, but they've actually had some giants of the game play for them.
Two World Cup winners in fact!
Right back George Cohen was a Fulham player when he won the trophy with England in 1966, and the captain that day, Bobby Moore, later signed for the club in 1974.
Unbelievably, George Best played for them in the mid-70s, causing quite a stir alongside another big star at the time, Rodney Marsh.
Jimmy Hill, outspoken, but hugely progressive, played for them in the 50s and early 60s, and future England manager, Bobby Robson, had his first managerial post at Fulham in 1968.
The stand-out player however was always going to be Johnny Haynes.
The immaculate midfielder was the ultimate one-club man, and spent the best part of 18 years at the club. He was an imperious England international as well, capped 56 times, often captaining the team.
Also, he became the first player to earn £100 a week when the maximum wage for players was scrapped in 1961. The man to pay him what was then a huge sum was Tommy Trinder, the famous comedian and actor, who was Fulham Chairman at the time. It was the first time that big wages could be used as a bargaining tool to keep a player at a club.
I'm so glad I found this picture of him to add to my collage!
Fulham will again add a nice reminder to how football once was to the money-obsessed Premier League next season.
Sunday, 9 August 2020
Feeling a little low last night, I thought I would see if any of my old photos would inspire me to do something creative ...
And lo and behold I came across a photo of dear old Battersea Power Station.
Which raised a smile, as it's such an iconic and recognisable London landmark.
What I didn't know until today, is that the building is actually made up of two separate power stations, each with their two chimneys, built at different stages.
The first started in 1929, then the next one, bolted onto the first, finished in 1941.
The fabulous futuristic Art Deco style always made it one of my favourite buildings.
My pic was taken in 2009, (which already feels like a lifetime ago!), and sees the old lady still resting having been decommissioned long before.
It was also before the corporate suits and money finally got their hands on it and destroyed the vibe of the place.
Saturday, 8 August 2020
Plucked from the ArtPix Photo Library is this picture I took a few years ago ...
An extraordinary Victorian child's grave ...
The photo was taken in the atmospheric churchyard next door to the Brontë Parsonage, in the village of Haworth in Yorkshire. Home of course to the legendary Brontë sisters.
The decorative tomb is both charming and oddly disturbing at the same time.
Thursday, 30 July 2020
Read today that the ex-Manchester United and Everton midfielder Norman Whiteside had auctioned off all the treasured memorabilia from his football career.
To cover his pension and keep his head above water in his later years, although he is still only 55.
He got around £200,000 for his FA Cup winners medals, shirts he'd worn for Northern Ireland at the World Cup in 1982, plus other bits and pieces.
Which I guess will last him a few years, but the amount is what a top-level footballer can earn in a WEEK.
Whiteside was of the era just before the real money washed into football as the Premier League dawned in 1992. When winning trophies for Man Utd he was on £250 a week. Good money, and a good living back then, but nowhere near enough to last a lifetime.
He also represents what happens to players when it all ends suddenly.
Having enjoyed a stellar career, starring in the World Cup as a 17-year-old and scoring the winning goal in the 1985 FA Cup final, an injury ended his career at 26.
No vast wages to back him up, meant years later he has to sell every memento to survive ...
People often get hot under the collar when discussing footballers wages, presuming that everyone who plays the game earns millions. It simply isn't true of course, and remembering that football is essentially an entertainment industry, it is seriously playing catch-up with the other industries.
For example, I once watched a documentary on George Formby, where it explained his father, who trod the boards in the music halls around the turn of the 20th century, was earning a staggering £3,000 a week.
A huge sum now, let alone in the 1900s!
Compare that to the footballer Tommy Lawton some 30-odd years later...
He was at the top of his profession in 1939, having won the Championship with Everton, and playing regularly for England, he would have been the top earner in the game.
In his autobiography he mused that in that year he earned £450 for the whole year, which included bonuses playing for England.
Quite a difference to Mr Formby!!!!
Football can reap unimaginable rewards for the very best today, but lower-level players are hanging on hoping for a new contract at their clubs, on unspectacular wages.
Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Just discovered a 'new' vintage thing.
It gives the humble old jigsaw a whole new twist. The idea was to solve a mystery by completing a jigsaw.
They also look great, the box was made to look like a classic murder mystery style book, complete with dramatic cover!
Open the 'book' to read the short mystery story, giving you the characters, plot, clues and hints as to whodunnit.
The jigsaw then reveals the culprit and how they did their dastardly crime!
The one I have is 'The Haunting of Pelham Grange' from 1975.
The ghost of ancestor Sir Norbert Vance keeps appearing at night, calling out her name, and smashing up the place.
Will Norah go mad and thus forfeit the fortune?
And who amongst the gathered crowd could be the perpetrator?
Is it her sister Adeleide, Reverend Hugo Murdoch, Psychic Society secretary Bernard Sibling or ageing journalist Fred Oldacre???
The snooping, but canny Evelyn Whitty (a Miss Marple-type character), is on the look-out, and is determined to find out what's happening!!!
Tuesday, 28 July 2020
This time sticking some classic vintage Beano comics on to a tired-looking old coat rack ...
This is always an easy and brilliant way to upcycle something that isn't wanted anymore.
That's always the best thing about our vintage world – the art of reusing and recycling.
Make something cool AND help the environment!!
If you want to do your bit, then pop along to my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset and find it in my unit there!
Saturday, 25 July 2020
I'll be at the Giant Shepton Flea Market on Sunday 16th August!!!
I haven't traded anywhere since February, so it has been a long and frustrating time, but as this is a huge outdoor event, this is the best place to get up-and-running again.
Lockdown did at least give me time to work on many restoration and upcycling projects, so I'll be bringing along quite a few of these!
Put the date in your diaries and pop along to this fantastic event!!
If you can't make it, run along to my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset!
Since it reopened in June, it has been absolutely flying, with vintage and football fans snapping up all sorts of goodies I keep in stock there!
Friday, 17 July 2020
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
Making a wooden bird box ... !!
And its an environmentally friendly one!
As I've only used recycled wood, as in driftwood, found on my local beach at Chesil Cove on the Isle of Portland.
Its very much a Heath Robinson affair as you can see, but I love the different colours of the wood and how it came out a bit haphazard.
Hopefully one day it will make a nice home for a family of birds!!
It was great to be out in our yard making something instead of being cooped up, but I'm already working on and planning my next issue of ARTPIX magazine, so stay tuned!!
Read the first issue HERE