Monday 31 December 2018


Blimey, another year gone already??!!


2018 was a good year for my ArtPix endeavours, doing new fairs and markets all around the South West.
I've expanded my list of places to trade at to Shepton Mallet, Wells, Exeter, Yeovil, Wimborne, Dorchester, Bridport, Bournemouth and a few more, including the Tank Museum at Bovington!

I'm already looking to expand and try new places for 2019.
Also, my unit at The Customs House at West Bay in Dorset had its best ever year, so exciting times!

As always, keep in touch right here for all the latest news!!

Sunday 30 December 2018


Over the holidays I've been thinking I must add to my list of retro football collages I've designed.

So as I live in Dorset, it makes perfect sense to do the nearest League team to me, Dorset's very own Premier League team – BOURNEMOUTH!

And not far down the road from there is another top team – SOUTHAMPTON

So it looks like I've got my work cut out then!!

I've started sifting through the Retro Football Department in the ArtPix Storeroom for ideas, and have already found a few gems!!

Below is a fantastic programme from 1965, when Bournemouth were known as Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic.
This is an FA Cup 1st Round clash with soon-to-be-Dorset local rivals Weymouth.
The non-leaguers held Bournemouth to a shock 0-0 draw, but were soundly beaten 4-1 in the replay.

This is a team group photo from the 1974/75 season, featuring a young looking Harry Redknapp!!
They are wearing one of my all-time favourite retro football kits. It had a fantastic newly-designed club badge and super-Seventies retro black and white vertical stripes!

Here we have a Southampton programme from 1975. 
It has a brilliantly designed cover. Multiple action shots, outrageously retro typography, and clear info enclosed in a neat red circle in the middle. A perfect design!
Defender Mel Blyth scored the only game of the game in a 1-0 win for the Saints.
A lot of the team playing that day would go on and win the FA Cup only a year later.

Lovely poster from the 1960/61 season featuring four proper old-school footballers!
One of them, Terry Paine, is also a proper legend, playing over 800 games for Southampton and staying there until 1974! 

If you want to see all the teams I've done so far, have a look HERE
See if your fave team is there, if not, get in touch and I'll design one for you!

Friday 28 December 2018


One of the most fascinating things you find in the English landscape are the indomitable pillboxes that still stand proudly.

Most were set down in 1940 as a network of barriers to thwart an expected invasion.
They pop up anywhere, in the middle of a field, behind a wall, or right on the edge of a cliff.

Now they are so intrinsically linked to the landscape they seem part of it, and yet all are a timely reminder of darker times.

On a walk between Abbotsbury and West Bexington on the Dorset coast, you can find some great examples.

Here plonked right on Chesil Beach is this proud pillbox. 

With the whole of the South coast of England on the front-line it isn't particularly surprising to see one here.
And it's still in perfect condition, despite facing the full force of the weather for nearly 80 years.
The only thing that hasn't fully survived is the crafty disguise of a layer of stones to camouflage it, that blended it into its beach surroundings.

What is also interesting, is that as the pebbles on the beach have shifted, it has revealed the hidden base of the pillbox.

Not far from this is another one set in the middle of the hills that sweep down to the beach.
Oddly, its completely visible for miles around, built in red brick on a green field! 
I can only presume it would have been covered in camouflage netting of some sort to disguise it?! 

This stunning setting is just below St Catherine's Chapel at Abbotsbury, looking towards Weymouth and Portland. Below a pillbox still stands, and right in the middle of the picture, on the land jutting out into the Fleet near the Swannery, there is another one.

See if you can spot any on a walk sometime!

Monday 24 December 2018


Hope you all have a very merry, vintage Christmas!!!

Relax, eat, drink and be merry!!

I don't actually 'do' Xmas myself, but I enjoy a good M.R. James ghost story at this time of year, and having the perfect excuse to do nothing, as there is nothing to do!

Thursday 20 December 2018


Instead of doing all your Xmas shopping online, where you just end up buying useless gadgets for everyone, why not nip out and support your local traders?!

All these small businesses and market traders work tirelessly all year round and could do with a little help right now!!!

As a vintage trader myself this time of year is actually a massive struggle, as everyone just uses the usual suspects online.
But with a little leg work you can find extraordinary and original gifts for all your family and friends.

So to do your bit, all you have to do is go down to The Customs House at West Bay in Dorset and get shopping!!!

You can find my unit there on the 2nd floor and pick up some vintage and retro goodies!!!
At the moment it is packed with amazing stuff, all at low prices, nothing in there is more than £20.

This is just a tiny sample of what's in there ...

1930s drawers, which have been lined with groovy retro wallpapers, that now make cool storage items.

A table that I've decorated with original Liverpool FC programmes and pictures. This is a complete one off and so makes a very special present!!

I also have loads of football programmes from the 1960s to the 2000s for sale in my unit.

Really cool retro-style kitchen scales.

Fantastic 1970s vanity cases, perfect for that cool weekend getaway!

A different version of the classic 70s Master Mind game, which has words instead of the little colour blobs!

Hurry up and check it all out now!!!!!
Below are the opening times over the holidays ...


Friday 14 December 2018


Have bunged in some new stock in my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset!!

Just in time for that Christmas shopping, there are tonnes of ideas for original and unusual pressies for everyone!!

You will find brilliant vintage stuff, my own designs on cards, fridge magnets and frames, plus loads retro football things, including programmes, frames and books.

My Christmas helpers Bertie and Gertie are getting into the Christmas spirit!!

So get yourself down to West Bay seafront and find The Customs House, my unit is on the 2nd floor of the stunning Grade II listed building!

These are the very generous opening hours over the holidays, so no excuses for not popping down there!!!
Hurry up!!

Sunday 9 December 2018


After a very successful day yesterday at Wimborne Market, I'll now be concentrating on other bits and pieces.

First up is my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset. 

As always its packed with amazing vintage goodies, which are perfect as Christmas pressies, and I'll be cramming in yet more stuff this week!
I also have more Retro Football things to put in, including my own designs on cards and frames.

I'll get cracking on finishing my new website.

I've already finished a few pages on it, including ones that show my artworks and vintage pieces I have for sale. 
I'll be adding galleries of my photographs and examples of my design work, including book covers and posters.
Check out the progress right HERE

And I've just acquired this lovely old doll's house!

Probably dating to the 1950s, I'm looking forward to restoring it and sprucing it up a bit.
This is a brilliant project for me to work on while the weather is too rotten to do markets. Look out for it at a fair in 2019!!

Keep in touch on this blog for more news ...

Friday 7 December 2018


I'll be at the wonderful Wimborne Market tomorrow morning!!

So run along to the lovely town of Wimborne Minster in Dorset and find me there!
This will almost certainly be my last market of the year, so it will be your last chance in 2018 to grab some vintage goodies and a few bargains as well.

See you there!!

Monday 3 December 2018


Had a great time this weekend at the Vintage Christmas event at the Tank Museum in Bovington!!

I love to do markets in unusual settings. Have done them before in castles, historic houses and some iconic venues, but never surrounded by tanks!

Had great sales as well, and with the added bonus of being able to wander around and check out all the tanks in this fantastic museum.

Had a great spot, right in amongst the tanks.

Was very pleased to see a Churchill tank, as my Grandfather worked on the prototype of these during the War.

I even staged my own battles while I was there!!!

This was probably my last event of 2018. 
I might try and squeeze in another market though, but it depends on the pesky weather!
I'll now spend the rest of the year trying to finish my new website and working on a few new projects.

Watch this space!!!

Wednesday 28 November 2018


My next market is this very special event at the world famous Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset!!!!

Come on down for this 2-day extravaganza on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December.

There will be a Vintage Market, live music, vintage vehicle display, kids activities, Santa's Grotto and loads more!
PLUS, you'll get to see the staggering collection of tanks held by the museum.

I can't wait for this unique event, in such a fantastic location.

Just one of the items I'm bringing along will be this brilliantly retro 1970s Army H.Q. Playset!

It also comes with some original toy soldiers from the 70s as well.

See you at the Vintage Market!!!

Tuesday 20 November 2018


Last Saturday the ArtPix and Arcane Publishing teams had a staff outing to London.

We were off to see the mighty KILLING JOKE, but first stopped off at Portobello Market, as we hadn't been there for a while.

A couple of years ago there were dark reports in the Evening Standard of property developers buying up bits of the market and inevitably turning them into flats. But I'm pleased to say that doesn't seem to have happened ... YET!!!

It still has its brilliant vibe, with the gorgeous houses and tiny antique arcades all crammed with amazing bits and pieces. Traders in the streets were braving the dipping temperatures and huge crowds, with yet more tempting vintage delights.

I've always been intrigued by the market, to me it feels like a timeline of London.

You start at the top of the street, with the very elegant Georgian and Victorian townhouses and their pastel shades, where you'll find the traditional old-English style of antique shops. 

The further down the street you go, the style of houses, sounds and stalls gradually change. The houses start to look slightly ramshackle and Dickensian, and the stalls have a modern and diverse range of art and food, reflecting all sorts of cultures.
You then finally get to the Westway, that huge flyover teeming with cars above you, and it has changed completely, with fantastic dub reggae booming out, cool clothes and record stalls everywhere, and a yet more diverse range of food.   
It really is a reflection of how London has progressed and changed over the decades, with new people and cultures adding to the mix. A great place to go and curiously this is where Killing Joke first met, formed and immersed themselves, adding that unusual dub and dance edge to their music.

Just around the corner is another of my favourite old haunts, the Music & Goods Exchange shops in Notting Hill Gate. Back in the early 90s I used to work near them and spent virtually every lunch hour in the record shops!!!  
I'm pleased to note that these haven't changed either, with that slightly Heath Robinson and relaxed air about them. I've only sporadically gone there in the last few years, so was good to have a proper root around. I came away with a few unusual and very cheap albums.

Then on to the main event of the day ...

The gig at the Camden Roundhouse was their last date on a truly marathon tour.
I've lived my whole life through music, my alternative world view, fashions, knowledge have been influenced by some truly extraordinary bands that have opened my eyes to things no news programmes could ever do.
And above and beyond all of them are KILLING JOKE, who when I first heard them, changed me forever. No more mainstream music for me anymore!!!
So like me, and everyone else there, their concerts are a celebration. 
They are currently riding the wave of a renaissance, finally getting the recognition that, actually, they really did know what they were talking about all along!!!
And also the fact they are astonishing musicians, still no-one can play a guitar like Geordie Walker, and fascinating people off stage.

So if you feel inclined, please do check them out!

Here are a few piccies, as taken by Carya Gish ...

Jaz Coleman conducting the mayhem, with Youth on bass.

In full flight now ...

A good view of the cavernous Roundhouse, the ever increasing gap between stage and audience, and the usual array of slightly bemused looking security.

Geordie can just be seen on the left, behind him is his legendary guitar tech Diamond Dave.
Unfortunately we were too far over to get a glimpse of drummer Big Paul Ferguson and keyboardist Roi.

Can't wait for the next tour ...