Posts Tagged ‘vintage

23
Feb
09

vintage frenzy – again

I have SO much scanning in to do at the moment – in the past couple of weeks I’ve bought a beautiful compendium of children’s stories (illustrations by Arthur Rackham), a copy of Gulliver’s Travels from the late 1800s, a load of really creepy knitting patterns and … erm … I’m sure there was something else.

In the meantime I’ve been starting up some challenge groups on Flickr.

The first is Fidget’s Freaky Friday Digital Collage Challenges:

Using this collage sheet by me:

Fidgets Freaky Friday Challenge

There’s also a Fidget’s Funky Collage Sheet Challenge – where we all create collage sheets based on a theme – this week’s is Beauty – and my collage sheet is here:

Fidgets Funky Collage Sheet

Fidget's Funky Collage Sheet

You can use them as you like 🙂

If you’re on Flickr – come and join in the fun 🙂  I really enjoy creating digital collage sheets – just knowing that people may use elements from them for their own art – that just makes me very happy.

These two were made for the group by some very AWESOME artists – I’m totally blown away by what they’ve created:

Ozstuffs Digital Collage

Ozstuff's Digital Collage

I just LOVE this – she creates such gorgeous Zetti collages – this just blows me away.

Family Tree by Taluula2two

Family Tree by Taluula2two

I love how she’s also included some images that I uploaded before from a book called Cobb’s Anatomy.  They all go so well together.

This is my sorry attempt:

“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others”

“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others”

The idea was there – just the execution wasn’t 😦

Anyhoo – off to make some more collage sheets …

12
Feb
09

finding frenzy …

I LOVE junk yards, flea markets and people who generally sell old crap that I want!

On Sunday M and I went to Greenwich Market.  We have been going there for YEARS – it’s one of my favourite places – however – like everywhere else in London that I love (The Stables in Camden, Astoria in Central London …) they’re knocking part of it down – probably to put up offices or flats.  So the flea market part has stalls upon stalls just trying to get rid of their stuff.  I saw a box of buttons and asked the guy how much – he said a ‘handful’ would cost £1 – the whole lot would cost £10.  So I bought the whole lot!

Love them on their original package

Love them on their original package

SO many buttons

SO many buttons

There were also loads of other bits there – so I have some hooks and eyes, snappers, ribbon, jewelry and other bits too. Such a stash!

Then we went round to another stall and I saw some great ephemera.  I started going through it and this guy came and started to talk to me (as per usual).  He seemed ok and we discussed collecting paper ephemera.  Then, I found a photo wallet with a ‘sambo’ drawing on the front.  I sneered and he started with the racist rants.  WHAT IS IT ABOUT PEOPLE THINKING THAT BECAUSE THEY’RE RACIST THAT I AM TOO? Sorry – it’s a real bugbear of mine now.  I get SO many people having seemingly innocent conversations with them and then, just as I’m chatting, they start with the racist bollocks.  Do I look like I have an NF sticker on my head?  Jeez.  It drives me crazy.  So I drive them crazy if they start talking about immigration – I tell them that I’m from two of the most derided cultures in the world who have emigrated all over the world – I’m part Jewish and part Romany Gypsy! Ha ha ha ha ha … they soon run away then! hee hee.

Anyway – I picked out some bits from the stall that I wanted – however the stall owner said he was only selling it as a whole lot as it was ‘too boring’ to sell them as bits and pieces.  He offered me the lot for £20.  I didn’t have £20 on me so I declined.  Then, as we were having noodles, I decided that I would indeed go back for them, as I could use them for so many things AND I’m sellng some of the topographical and other postcards on here (as I don’t collect postcards).  So here are a couple of scans of some of the ephemera I got (I’m going to add them as proper digital collage sheets at some point).

I LOVE the little boys expression on this!

I LOVE the little boy's expression on this!

If you click on the image you can see some more 🙂

A lot of the photos seemed to be from the same family – and you can see this young boy growing up into a young man.  So very sad that people throw things like that away.

There was also a letter in there which was intriguing.  It said how ‘sorry’ they were to hear about ‘Lillian’s decision’ … SO frustrating NOT knowing what Lillian’s decision was!

Finally – yesterday I went to Deptford Market (my favourite junk market) before my doctor’s appointment – and there were TWO boxes of paper ephemera to go through – however – I only had £4 on me as I’d forgotten to take my card out with me.  However, I found a lovely bundle that cost me only £3!  I will post photos later when I’ve scanned them in – however there was another letter in there from 1911.  It was from a guy trying to persuade his beau’s mother to allow him to marry ‘Cissy’ – the mother was apparently not happy about it because he had a thyroid problem and she didn’t want it to be passed down to their children!  So very sad.  I showed it to my doctor and she said how awful it was as that problem is SO treatable now.

So it’s been a great week of buying bits and pieces 🙂 LOVE  it 🙂

08
Feb
09

Weaving Memories, Resignation, Job hunting and ATC creating

So it’s been a while. I’m not sure if I’ve really been in a ‘place’ to blog over the past week – my brain has been preparing for handing in my notice! Which is now done. I leave teaching on February 27th – a huge decision – but the right one.

I’m now looking for jobs – obviously. I’ve found loads I’m interested in but it’s just getting my arse in gear and applying. I’m also looking at Fellowships – you never know! It’s all very exciting and I’m just hoping that it all works out – eventually.

Yesterday Mart and I went to the V&A museum of Childhood – I LOVE that place. I’m sure it’s more fun for adults than children as you are constantly exclaiming ‘I had that …’ and ‘oh my god, I REMEMBER that’ or ‘I always wanted that!’. I took loads of photos but I have to download them as yet – and I also have about 500 photos from Wednesday night (Amanda Palmer) and about 300 shots from Thursday night (Officer Kicks) to edit. I’ll sort out a couple later though and post them here – probably of scary dolls as most of the dolls were indeed, immensely scary!

I also signed up for the last place on this course – called Weaving Memories.  Could be interesting 🙂

Before we went to the museum we went to a vegetarian and vegan cafe called The Gallery. I had THE most YUMMY Tofu burger with the most stunning mushy peas on the side possible! I was in munching heaven! I totally recommend it. They also were exhibiting work by Lighthouse Art. I really liked a lot of it – reminds me of Zettiology 🙂

Talking of Zettiology – I did my first Zettis for MAMMA this week:

I was fairly pleased with them – although I need to get a better white pen!

14
Jan
09

magic, illusion and mind-fuckery

mesmerism

When I was younger had a fascination with the world of Illusion and Magic. I was often glued to the television whenever David Copperfield performed his annual extravaganzas – and would have enjoyed Paul Daniels more if he wasn’t such a squashed head creep! However, as I grew older and more sceptical I lost my love of this world.

A few years ago, we went to Cyprus on holiday and I had many books to read. Unfortunately on the penultimate day I ran out of reading material so we popped to a shop near our hotel. There I picked up a book I’d never seen or heard of before – Carter Beats The Devil. In fact I’d never heard of the illusionist, Carter before. If you haven’t read the book – DO. It’s a fantastic romp, some factual, most fiction.

Book Cover for Carter Beats The Devil

Book Cover for Carter Beats The Devil

Anyway – my interest was further piqued when The Prestige came out. I loved this film – even after I knew the twist I loved it even more! There was something about that form of entertainment, in a time when people were desperate to understand and know about spiritualism and the supernatural, that just interests me so much. Not just that, the performers themselves were so interesting.

I’ve managed to get some jpegs of posters and photos of magicians and their shows – I’d love to have some originals though. I know a shop in Cecil Court, where I’ve bought some vintage photographs and postcards, that sells original posters. However at the moment they are VERY much out of my price range – one day 🙂

Yesterday they showed Derren Brown’s Evening of Wonders on Channel 4. Every time I watch that guy I’m searching for clues – however I can never spot them. I can never tell what he’s doing. We went to see him a couple of years ago and afterwards we didn’t shut up for hours trying to work it all out. I personally think the guy is an evil genius 🙂

I really want to see him live again – M always says that he’d HATE to be invited onto stage but I think it would be great to be invited up there and and to see whether he could read me or not.

On another note – new characters created on Illustrator CS3 by me and turned into cards:

holding on to your love
Holding on to your love

baby bird
My new logo based on some sketches I did. I’m really impressed with how close this came out to my original drawing – I didn’t scan it in and just experimented on Illustrator 🙂 – Yesterday was the first time I even tried my hand at Illustrator!

the long legged flying monster
The long legged flying monster – designed by me 🙂

Just to note – all backgrounds were from mediaslap.com and are free for use commercially.

12
Jan
09

New Valentines ACEOs and attempts at collage!

I have some sort of infection – not sure if it’s in my chest – feels more bronchial than chest.  Not happy, not happy at all.  More time off work, more pressure, more stress.

I’ve been busy updating the free resources section of this site – which seems fairly popular with follks. Let me know what you’d like to see or if there’s anything I can do to improve the pages.

Sales are steady – I’m not covering my expenses yet but there’s time I guess. I just need to promote myself more – so I now have a Flickr for my Etsy:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fidgetrainbowtree

I’ll keep that separate from my photography Flickr which is here:

http://www.flickr/photos/the_polstar

Here are my new Valentines Day Cards (click on image below to take you to my shop on etsy):

the queen of hearts

Then I attempted some collages – I’m kind of pleased but I think I should perhaps leave the text white so you can actually see the words. They’re a bit covered up!:

We're just dolls

"my name is Kaledrina"




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