Tag Archives: Leeds

When I’m cleaning windows..

5 Nov

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?!

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In Leeds the store is situated in the Victorian Grand Arcade on two levels and has around 22 separate windows to fill…

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ImageNow it’s November though, all this is coming down as it’s time for all things Christmas…

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Pictures for a Bar…

28 Aug

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.

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And they have lovely wallpaper in the toilets too…

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A nice result all round.

A chance to set up a ‘pop-up’ shop..

7 Jun

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I’ve been really busy over the last few weeks preparing for the opening of my very first Deco Press ‘pop up’ shop inside the brand new Handpicked Hall in Leeds city centre! 

It’s set to be an eclectic mix of local retailers selling art, food, vintage and fashion inside the beautiful Victorian Grand Arcade, and I can’t wait to be part of a venture supporting and promoting small, local, creative businesses.

The newly refurbished space is light and bright and packed with original Victorian features alongside a brand new pitched glass roof. It has had many incarnations since the Arcade was first built in 1897. My favourite being when it was The Pleasure Rooms and host to seminal club nights such as Back to Basics!.. In fact I might have to do another post on a now ‘vintage’ form of advertising art – my collection of Back to Basics club flyers.. but that’s one for another day!

Handpicked Hall opens on Friday 14th June when I’ll have a space on the Art floor and I’ll also be there on Saturday 22nd June with further dates to follow, so come on down and say hello!

 

 

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