Wednesday 31 August 2011

SUPER 70s!

Wow, at last I've finished my latest addition to the DAZZLING DECADES series....
............wait for it.......... THE SUPER 70s!!!!

Yes, here it is....... including all your 70s favourites, can you spot them?!
Star Wars, Superman, Top of the Pops compilations, Jackie, Shoot, The Persuaders, Action Man, Kevin Keegan, Sex Pistols, Harlem Globetrotters and of course not forgetting The Wombles!

Some of these items I've actually owned since the 70s and some of them I bought 2 weeks ago at a boot fair. As with all my decades series I will be adding to it when I find more things!

If you fancy getting your hands on one of these, see you at one of the fairs coming up in September!

The wearing of flares is optional!!

Thursday 25 August 2011


Hi everyone!
I've got a SUPER SEPTEMBER lined up for you!!!

I very pleased to announce that I will be at the MILITARY FUN DAY at Mill Race Garden Centre near Halstead on September 11th.
Organized by the A Vintage Life team it will be spectacular day of 40s dancing, live music, vintage military vehicles and stalls. A must for 40s fans and vintage enthusiasts.
I'll be showing off some of my own 40s inspired pictures and collages, so check them out!

Have a look at these websites for more details:

And if that wasn't enough........

On September 17th you can find me at the Betty Blue Eyes HANDMADE AND VINTAGE FAIR at Leigh Community Centre. This fantastic event is always packed and is brilliant day out. Vintage inspired crafts and tea and cakes, what more could you want?!!

Here is the Betty Blues Eyes website!

Friday 19 August 2011


Hello everyone!
After a big clear out at ArtPix Towers, I will be at the LAZYBONES BOOTSALE at Rettendon this Sunday! Kick-off is at 10-30am, so no Sunday lie-in!

I will be selling all manner of weird and wonderful things that I've managed to find in the loft or salvaged from all sorts of places.

A boot fair is a great way to clear out all your junk to make way for more junk!!

I'll also be selling a few bits from the MATT ARTPIX collections. So come along and see my usual pictures and cards alongside some amazing bargains!!

I'll be the one trying not to look like Del Boy.........

Check out the Lazybones website for all the details.

Thursday 11 August 2011


Just to let you know, the ZOLTANS ZUMMER OF ZWING events at the Kursaal have unfortunately had to be cancelled....

So no swinging for the time being.....

So that's the bad news over and done with...!

Now for some GOOD news...

The A VINTAGE LIFE team have organized the MILITARY FUN DAY at Mill Race Garden Centre near Colchester on September 11th. An absolute must for 1940s fans and vintage fans alike.
So now you can swing back into action!!!

Wednesday 10 August 2011


I hope everyone has got through this mad week!

If you fancy forgetting everything and dancing the night away, I know the perfect place for you...

Come along to the Kursaal on Southend seafront this Thursday for THE ZOLTANS ZUMMER OF ZWING.

This fabulous event in the famous old landmark has been organized by the brilliant A VINTAGE LIFE team. 
The brilliant band THE ZOLTANS will be strutting their stuff. And if that isn't enough, there is also Jive dancing, guest DJs and vintage stalls!!

I'll be there showing all my greatest hits as well, including my popular 1940s and 1950s collages and many more surprises! Come and say hello!

And don't worry if you can't make it this week, as there are another 4 shows for you.
Every Thursday for the next 4 weeks you will be able to sample the delights on offer!!

Tuesday 2 August 2011


Hello everyone!
Just had the most vintage weekend you could possibly want!

First up was a visit to the amazing CHARING CROSS COLLECTORS MARKET. Hidden away deep under Charing Cross Bridge, it's one of London's best kept secrets and a treasure trove to all collectors of stamps, coins, postcards, medals and all sorts.
It's my little tip for you, if you are around that way!! We came away with a bundle of cheap vintage postcards and a World War 2 WVS badge!

We then popped round the corner to the National Portrait Gallery to see the GLAMOUR OF THE GODS - HOLLYWOOD PORTRAITS exhibition. A sumptuous tribute to the movie stars of Hollywood's golden era from 1920 to 1960.
Everyone was there, in immaculately presented prints – Garbo, Dietrich, Monroe, Leigh, Gable, Crawford, Grant etc. And nice to see exquisite prints of other stars like Lillian Gish and Laurel and Hardy. A must see exhibition...

Poster for the exhibition, featuring Clark Gable and Joan Crawford.

Next up it was over the river to the South Bank to mooch around the Vintage Festival. Unfortunately not in the eye-wateringly expensive bash in the Royal Festival Hall, but outside in amongst the fantastic vintage market. A huge array of dealers selling all kinds of wonderous things!
We even met the editor of Homes and Antiques magazine!!

But the real stars of the show were along the South Bank...
The brilliant beach huts and seaside inspired installations down there, are very much inspired by our very own SOUTHEND-ON-SEA!!!
Thanks to the Metal at Chalkwell Park crew, Southend has moved to the South Bank!!
Check out inside the huts for some amazing surprises. Then further along, in amongst a rowing boat on the seashore installation, are old railway posters of Southend, fantastic!!!

One of the amazing beach huts, covered in seaside places around Essex.
Inside you will find a recreation of a 1950s beach hut.
Fantastic grotto inside another hut created by Metal's Heidi Wigmore.
Here is the seaside brought to London by Colette Bailey.
Very handy to have a 50s model to add to the atmosphere!
Just one of the many vintage Southend posters on display.