I’m an artist. I specialise in sculpture and performance. My work gives me the chance to travel widely, but Stockport is home. It’s been an honour to be July’s Finder of the Fair - as you can see, I’ve focused largely on arty things.
The War Illustrated, 1915, £2.00 from Garbo Antiques:
Look closely at the photo and you can read the top line of the magazine’s front cover - the feature article is “Why the war won’t last long.” Heart-breaking. Flicking through the pages reminded me of “Strange Meeting”, a Wilfred Owen poem we studied at school that I haven’t thought about in years: “It seemed that out of the battle I escaped…”
Handmade children’s party outfits, various years and prices, from Anne’s:
Anne’s stall is full of handmade things – mostly clothes and bracelets – and handmade means UNIQUE! The princess dress on the left comes complete with a hat, perfect for parties or playtime.
1969 Dali “Aries” poster, £40.00 from Modernist Mid-Century:
No melting clocks or other Surrealist nonsense here, just a big bold ram bouncing joyfully under the sun! The only way to tell it’s a Dali is the telltale scratchy signature at the bottom.
1960s “Peanuts” screen-print by Donald Dean, £75.00 from Strange Boutique:
I’d never come across North East artist Donald Dean (b.1930) before this visit to Vintage Village; he seems to have specialized in still lives, particularly of food. Apparently his screen-prints of potatoes are very popular, but as 2016 is the Year of the Monkey, it feels more appropriate to focus on peanuts.
Box of 1950s pencil leads, £1.00 from A Vintage Affair:
I don’t yet know what I am going to do with these pencil leads, but I have a feeling they will end up part of an artwork one day. (I’ve previously made sculpture using pencils as material, so it’s not that much of a stretch!) I can’t believe the leads are still intact after all this time - and that logo is delightful.
“The Beeches” contemporary screen-print, £40.00 by Aspidistra Vintage:
This is not, strictly speaking, a vintage item… but it is a lovely print reminiscent of 1960s style and colour. I especially like the vivid Pop Art combination of blue and red. (N.B. “The Beeches” has been shortlisted for the Neo Print Prize – congratulations to Aspidistra Vintage!)
1960s German Jasba vase, £20.00 from From My Loft:
I love the gleaming, watery blue of this lava-style pottery vase. Our house has very few ornaments (partly because we’re super minimal and partly because we’re super fussy), but I am so glad I bought this vase – here it is back at home in our living room, looking gorgeous against the yellow wall.
“Psychiatrist” plate, £3.00 from Kiki’s Kitsch:
One of the things I love about the Vintage Village is that it has bargains to suit not just all tastes, but all moods too. Sometimes a bit of silliness is just the ticket. Kiki wasn’t sure when this plate was made, but it feels like it might be a late 70s number (then again maybe I think that because that’s what I am :)
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