After a cosy Christmas I’m back into the New Year with lots of plans to put into action!
After much debate, time spent gathering and refining design ideas, conducting market research and many, many lists, my New E-commerce Website will start being built next month! I wanted to wait until I was sure of my product and brand before going down this route and I’m glad that I did, as I now have a really clear idea of how it’s going to work and am ready to go!
There will be updates along the way, but if you follow me on Pintrest or Instagram I’ll be posting some early previews of how it’s all going to look! If you’re interested in me letting you know as soon as it’s launched, just fill in your email address on the current Holding Page and you’ll be notified the minute it goes live.
In the meantime my first Fair of the year has been booked in and I’ll be at the St Gemma’s Hospice Vintage Fair on 7th & 8th March. It’s the first of the year and bound to be full of the joys of spring, so do come and say hi.
All the time – Crimple Hall Antique Centre, Leeds Road, Harrogate
September 6th/7th – St Gemma’s Vintage Fair, Leeds
November 14th-16th - Living North Christmas Fair, York Racecourse
Well, I must admit that for the next few weeks I will be doing more buying than selling while perusing the flea markets of France. Oh, it sounds good doesn’t it..and it will be – yippee!
Once the reality of September hits, you’ll find me back at the fantastic St Gemma’s Hospice Vintage Fair on 6th/7th September and in November I’ll be at the huge 3 day Living North Christmas Fair at York Racecourse from the 14th-16th.
I’m planning on booking in a few more fairs up to Christmas but it’s way to early to be thinking about mulled wine and snow so I’ll keep you updated when I know where I’ll be!
If all this planning ahead isn’t your bag and you’d just like to come and say hello now, then I can accommodate that too! I have a brand new permanent space at Crimple Hall Antiques Centre which you’ll find just outside of Harrogate by the Pannal traffic lights. More to come on that, but stop by for a fix of lots of lovely French homewares, furniture and, of course, pictures.
Ok, au revoir for now and see you on the other side of the summer.
With only 4 days to go until the massive Festival of Vintage at York Racecourse, I am working away in my teeny, tiny studio prepping, mounting and framing as many different genres of vintage, French images as is possible – and there are many, there really are. I’ll be spanning the whole first half of the 20th century with my collection of images this weekend, plus a bit of the 60s and 70s for good measure.
I’ll also be dragging out my old crates, tins, glassware and an assortment of beautiful and battered French homewares as these always prove really popular.
My much loved Vintage School Posters will be coming out with me for the first time en masse and I’m currently trying to figure out how to display them on a 6ft by 8ft stall…mmm, any ideas?!
It will be a fun family day out and children go free. Tickets for entry on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th are just £10 each, available from the Festival of Vintage website. With dancing, live music, classic cars and over 200 vintage stalls it’s going to be a good one, so come along!
Ok, So I’m back from Christmas/New Year distractions with lots to tell you about..
I haven’t just been quaffing mulled wine and lounging about (although that has happened – quite frequently). I’ve also been opening a brand new, all singing, all dancing, real life shop! It’s called Eek!, it’s a Print and Illustration hub and it’s in collaboration with Jil from Jil Made This and Chloe from Life’s Big Canvas.
Here we are the day before we opened holding our cute shop branding c/o Jil..
Since September 2013 Jil and I jointly ran our shop within Handpicked Hall in the Grand Arcade, Leeds. The shop proved really popular with lots of lovely customers and we decided to evolve and expand. Jil has taken the helm as boss lady and we’ve taken on a number of other artists and illustrators.
We sell a range of beautiful, original work which you can see if you visit our Facebook Page at Facebook.com/eekprint or by coming to visit us Wednesday to Sunday.
That’s all for now folks!
Did you know, Christmas is nearly here? Well, it’s been here for a good few weeks in retail land and I finished work on the festive window displays for the 3 Handpicked Hall stores in November.
Pompoms feature strongly this year…a mere 350 in total. Mostly strung and hung by yours truly, from high up on a wobbly ladder!
The neon lights which shine at night make the pompoms change colour. The scheme we went for was mint, claret and cream with some highlights of olive and lime green.
The window decal wording is in a beautiful bronze colour which looks fantastic but was a nightmare to stick on straight!
Skipton Window – But how did we get in..and out?
Work in progress…One of the Chilli Trees in the Skipton Food Hall
So, 350 pompoms fluffed and hung, 12 trees decorated (after being wrestled with to stand straight), 15 hanging hoola hoop decorations made and numerous amounts of buying, knot tying (and possibly some crying) and we’re finally ready for Christmas after another great team effort – Thanks Jil!
Now we just need to think about a new design for the January window…
The Deco Press has had a small, but not insignificant, diversion into visual merchandising and over the last few month. VM, as it known to those in the trade, or faffing around with shop windows to those who are not, is a creative and fun way to spend a working day.
I’ve been working for 3 Independent department stores called Handpicked Hall (where I also have a Deco Press pop up shop) with my lovely friend and colleague Jil Smith of Jil Made This. We designed the concept of ‘An Independent Revolution’ to celebrate the launch of this new independent retail shopping brand over the summer and the results have been in situ for the last few months.
Part of our brief was to use previously un-discovered Beatles images by local photographer, Paul Berriff. Can you imagine this happening today?!
In Leeds the store is situated in the Victorian Grand Arcade on two levels and has around 22 separate windows to fill…
Now it’s November though, all this is coming down as it’s time for all things Christmas…
If good things come in 3’s then I may be getting a call soon…If they don’t then it’s ok as I might start running out of pictures!
What am I talking about? Well, The Deco Press now has 9 pictures on display upstairs in The Midnight Bell, Leeds Brewery’s Flagship pub in the centre of the city. I chose an eclectic assortment of images dating from 1912 up to 1930. They’re all black and white and work well with the aubergine walls. The management were looking for artwork which complemented the mismatched vintage furniture, old beams and exposed brickwork.
Hanging them was fun…I had to work around customers who were finishing long Friday lunches. I found that trying to hammer quietly and un-noticed is hard. I also nearly slipped over in my wooden cowboy boots on the very shiny wood floor. Luckily the results look good!
I had a lovely call last week from the friendly owners of the about to be opened Preston Bar in Leeds. Could I provide some Art-Deco posters for the moody (Hague blue) wall in their beautifully designed new drinking establishment?
Of course the answer was yes, and 4 fab images now enhance the quirky and ever so slightly eccentric decor that the North Bar team are famous for.
And they have lovely wallpaper in the toilets too…
A nice result all round.
This is what a Vide Grenier in France looks like (it means empty attic by the way).
Pretty shabby and full of junk I hear you say?? This is indeed true, but you can also find some gems amongst the tat!
We’re just coming to the end of Independent Retailer Month which aims to promote…you guessed it..the name’s in the title.
This interests me. Why you ask? Well, since it opened in June I’ve been involved with a really interesting new business right in the heart of Leeds City Centre. It’s called Handpicked Hall and you might remember me mentioning it in a previous post.
It’s a gorgeous Victorian building full of small independent retailers including a few of my new favourites – McDonough and Davies bespoke invitations, That Old Chestnut cakes, Jil made this handprinted illustrations and Our Handmade Collective who are doing great things to promote all the small designer/makers they support.
In a world where big brands constantly bombard us with bland, sterile products it’s so great to see real people, true originality and the passion behind the products we buy. I want the real story, not a mass marketing campaign.
The Independent Shops website says “ For every £1 you spend in a local independent shop or locally owned business up to 70p benefits your local community, whereas if you shop at an out of town centre or online with one of the retail multiples, as little as 5p finds its way back.”
If you look there are always options to buy local, it just requires a little more thought than one click ordering on A*****, the world’s largest online retailer.
As an American global footwear brand says;
Just do it.
Shop local that is!