It’s hard to believe that it will be two years in November since I last blogged about the Vintage Home Show at Victoria Baths in Manchester. Always a great event with plenty to see and goodies that will implore you to not leave without them. The show has been established by Keeley Harris, who has penned her own retro book called ‘Style Me Vintage’ (Home).
Let’s start with some lovely blue and brown illustrated Portmeirion Pottery. Does anyone else think of Disneyland and Mary Blair when they see this ? lol.
Some fabulous items and even more welcoming stall holders, who were happy for me to photograph their wares to show to you today. Rachel from Funky Vera.com (website not working at present), not only knows her textile designers but can tell you about their work and life in the 1950’s. How wonderful to get a background story with your retro cushion!
From this blue bowl by Flavia to illustrated ware by Figgjo Fajance.
Jennifer from 20th Century Crox sells everything from deco to psychedelic.
Gill from Mid Century Homestores based in Todmorden, had a beautiful mix of designer retro pieces. My friend bought the fish plate above and I was tempted by sgraffito horse bowl and the John Clappison hippo beaker below. The Beaker is fetching prices around the £30-40 mark now.
More fab ‘n’ funky selections from Jenny at Wowie Zowie Online
Jill Coulson displayed a nicely stacked array of matching Hornsea Pottery. In the latter part of the ‘sixties, it was a big hit with the public. The ‘Heirloom pattern’, (seen third shelf down), was introduced in 1968. In spite of its traditional appearance, Heirloom actually used a very modern technique called glaze resist. This allowed alternate shapes in the pattern to be glazed and unglazed.
More common prints with crying children were available too!
I loved this poster and there must be easier ways to remove tattoos !
Some beautiful curvaceous furniture for the dinning room , the office and the living room from Salford Quays’ Retrolicious.
Looking pretty wonderful in this tiled setting too.
This was my modest purchase for the day, two Tams-ware mugs, from Jill Coulson, although I was tempted by much, much more.
A great venue and day out, fab to see that many people looked the part too. Very dapper chap. Thanks to everyone for letting me snap their stalls. The next one here is Sunday 25th October, a date for your diaries and I look forward to seeing you there !
Continuing the theme of my Retro week, this is the second post from the Modern Publicity annual for 1955-56. I’ve coloured some of the black and white adverts, just to add a little zing to them.
Great play on the word ‘guard’ here, helping to reinforce safety measures around the workplace.
Travel, holidays and festivities.
In my mind, there’s a little nod to the Pilsbury Doughboy adverts here. Perhaps that chirpy chappy (below) was inspired by these even earlier adverts (above) ?
If you liked this post you can find more, by simply typing the words Modern Publicity into the search function on my blog. Happy findings.
Occasionally, but much more rarely these days, I would spend a half hour perusing Ebay, rooting through it’s 1950’s and 60’s ‘online treasures’ and sometimes finding a poster, book cover or piece of ceramic that catches my eye. Here’s a few I thought you might enjoy too.
Old adverts for children’s sweets, I know the names but the packaging had changed when I last saw them in a sweet shop.
Product advertising posters.
These lovely couple of prints, the top one had a rush of bids at the last minute and went for over £60, lovely work.
A few book and card illustrations from different parts and climates.
More typical 1950’s work.
Some paintings, wallpaper and textile designs.
Possibly a couple of modern designs (below) inspired by the Festival of Britain.
It’s great what you can discover that’s been living in someone’s cupboard all these years : ) Do you have any interesting 1950’s mementos ?
In 2011, I came across a book called NurseryLand Annual 1969 and wrote this Blog post about the mystery illustrator called simply ‘Hutchings’.
From my recent searchings on Amazon, I’m pretty certain the illustrator is called Anthony Hutchings, (and could have changed that to Tony Hutchings) but that is still all that we know. He created these memorable illustrations back in the late sixties and early seventies, does anyone know anymore ? They certainly seem to be memorable books for quite a few of you readers from the USA.
I think his work is too stylish and elegant to not be featured elsewhere.
If anyone can shed any light on this mystery illustrator, or if you have any more images of his work, then please let me know. The plot thickens ! Have a great weekend too.
For those of you who may have missed the boat (relatively speaking!). I’ve ’embarked’ on a new Instagram page and have been pulling together illustrations, collages and surface pattern designs, many of which will be totally new to you. Here’s a few nature inspired ones.
If you or a friend use Instagram, then please drop by, have a look, follow me or just leave a hello. It’s always nice to see a friendly face online!
More textile designs to come, I really liked this blue bird , more retro design below. I can see it as some great gift-wrap.
You can find more of my sketchbook doodles here.
Or some stationery products and framed artwork here.
All work is copyrighted. Do let me know your thoughts. I’m available for commissions and presently looking for new agents to represent my work too.
Since about 2008, I’ve been collecting images from the internet that have caught my eye. Way back then, I wasn’t so diligent in keeping records as to where images came from, or who had painted, photographed, illustrated or indeed created the artwork in the image. So I apologise in advance for their lack of referencing, but to be honest, it was purely about seeing groups of imagery together, that for whatever reason, I enjoyed. As I have managed to amass quite a few of these ‘collaged sheets’, I thought I would share them with you, in the hope that they may also provide some inspiration to you the readers, from their shape, colour, texture or out and out randomness : )
Do let me know your thoughts and which images catch your eye for whatever reason. Also I’d like to mention that I’ve recently started an Instagram page for Fishink Blog. The link is (https://instagram.com/fishinkblog) or you can click on the button on the right of my site. I am building up the collection every week, so if you lovely folk would like to follow me, or leave a comment or see more of my artwork, then please pop on over and check it out today.
I’ll look forward to sharing more of my own illustration with you.