Sunday, 21 February 2021

RISING SUN FC

In the latest issue of the Chelsea fanzine CFCUK, there is an intriguing advert to start a new football club.

 



 

Some REAL Chelsea fans are getting together with the idea of forming a brand new club, to play in the lower reaches of the non-league, away from the modern-day game, away from the money, power and all the rest.

 

FANTASTIC!!!!!

 

The proposed name is RISING SUN FC, a nod to the original name of the pub opposite the main gates at Stamford Bridge, where the Club was first formed in 1905. Nice touch!


After the sacking of Frank Lampard, it's hard to still Keep the Blue Flag Flying High to be honest.

Yet another chance of the club creating a lasting and fruitful legacy has been thrown away.

 

I've long thought a club run by, and FOR, Chelsea fans would be an amazing way to reconnect with football, and what being a football fan is all about.

Over the last couple of decades the enjoyment has slowly been sucked out of the 'Matchday Experience', with the cost of tickets long ago entering the realms of fantasy.

Early days of course, but I wish them all the luck in the world to get this dream going.

Can't wait to be standing (not sitting), and watching this brand new team, and belting out classic CFC songs for 90 minutes ...


Saturday, 20 February 2021

WOW!

Excitement is mounting as another couple of pages of ARTPIX magazine Issue 2 have been designed ...

 


 

Monday, 15 February 2021

ARTPIX MAGAZINE – ISSUE 2

A sudden wave of inspiration has hit ArtPix Towers recently, meaning I've started work again on the 2nd issue of ArtPix Magazine!!!

During last year's long lockdown I started up my own online digital magazine, and then fully intended to carry on and do another issue in Autumn ...

 



I designed a few pages, then life and a sudden drop in inspiration, meant it kept being put on the backburner.

Then suddenly last week, I had a mad spell and whizzed through loads of pages!

I've also updated and redesigned the look of quite a lot of it as well, as I wasn't all that happy with the first issue in the end.

I still need to write most of it though, but getting down the ideas and designs is a big step forward.


Watch this space for more news!!

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

SPRING IN YOUR STEP?

Might not feel like it at the moment, but the first signs of Spring are slowly peeping through ...!




Sunday, 7 February 2021

PIC OF THE DAY

Bridge over a main road outside Weymouth in Dorset, looks like a bit of random Brutalist architecture plonked in the countryside ...




Sunday, 31 January 2021

NEW FOOTIE COLLAGES!

Here are two brand new designs from my RETRO FOOTBALL series!

The giants of Scottish football, the Old Firm duo of RANGERS and CELTIC.





Was great fun putting these together, as they are clubs with such rich and amazing histories.

I've had them printed, and are both available as 7x5 greetings cards.

Get in touch if you would like some!

Email: mattartpix@yahoo.co.uk

Thursday, 28 January 2021

IVY

Spotted this scene the other day, on a rare foray into the outside world.



A lone ivy making its way in the world, on a wall outside a manor house in Dorset.

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

MID-CENTURY 1950s 'ATOM' COAT RACK

Got this amazing 1950s coat rack for sale!!!







Absolute classic 50s look, with the 'Atom' style red and white pegs, that would look so cool in a vintage fan's home.


The rack is metal, and I've stripped down and resprayed the black frame, keeping the pegs as they are, to preserve the original, worn vintage look.

Had I restored everything, it would've ruined the whole thing, making it look too new. 


You can buy this gem on Facebook Marketplace HERE


Or email me directly on: mattartpix@yahoo.co.uk

Thursday, 21 January 2021

AT LEAST WE HAVE THE FOOTIE ...

Found this fantastic image in the ArtPix Archives the other day of a footie fan from 1962.

With his unfeasibly large rosette, he's enjoying the simple pleasure of going to a match to support his team. Lucky chap.

 

 

Played around with it a bit, adding a bit of colour, then a backdrop of the old East Stand at Stamford Bridge.


Sunday, 17 January 2021

KEEPING YER HEAD ABOVE WATER

Absolutely no sign of any normality breaking out in the vintage world yet.

Flea Markets and boots are still way off in the distance, and don't even bother thinking about indoor fairs.

My unit at the emporium down at The Customs House in West Bay is still firmly shut as well.

So it's still very much buying and selling online for me and many others.

 

Not great, but it gives me the chance to sell stuff, (and buy stuff!!).


Please keep on checking the Facebook Marketplace for my vintage goodies.

 

I also have absolutely tonnes of football stuff that will one day go online.

For instance, I found what I thought were fairly innocuous looking 90s Merlin trade cards of various players in the ArtPix Storeroom the other day. When I had a quick look on Ebay, people are flogging these cards at up to £65 each!!!!! 

I was gonna sell the whole lot for a tenner, so it pays to check first!!


Saturday, 9 January 2021

RETRO FOOTIE

One of the many depressing features of 2020, was the fact that I didn't go to a single football match for the entire year. 

Which, amazingly, is the first year that has happened since 1977!!!!


My visits to SW6 were already getting rarer anyway, due to finances, price of tickets, ticket availability, other commitments, and then finally moving out to Dorset!

But I was planning on going to a few local matches to get my footie fix. But of course that didn't happen.


So at least we can still indulge in a little Retro Football ...

Especially as I'm in the process of producing two brand new artworks featuring the Old Firm – Rangers and Celtic.

 

Has been great trawling through the ArtPix Archives for images once again, and putting these artworks together. Check out these old programmes from the two teams below ...



I'll do a few more teams in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out.

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

THE CUSTOMS HOUSE

Just letting you know that the emporium where I have a unit, THE CUSTOMS HOUSE, in West Bay, Dorset, has had to close for the foreseeable, as we enter the next lockdown ...

 

I am still trading on the Facebook Marketplace, and also, as people are doing, have contacted me directly via my email to ask about things.


Support small traders, and stay safe!



Saturday, 2 January 2021

COLD INNIT?!

Has been a cold start to 2021 ...


But at least my online sales on Facebook Marketplace are keeping me warm, with treks to the Post Office and back!!


Keep on buying everyone, and support small traders like myself!