It was a quieter than usual day at the Giant Shepton Flea last Sunday - blame it on the heat, the tennis and the football World Cup! Still, Matt ArtPix and Arcane Publishing had a great day!
It was also the first time my 1968 fashion portfolio was shown at a fair. Quite a bit of interest but no sale (I am selling the whole thing as one item, and you'd need to have deep pockets for this one!). I am considering my options to sell it online.
I am also thinking about starting a "proper" online bookshop (I would prefer a brick-and-mortar one, but it's not going to happen any time soon!).
Here are a few pictures of our stall - quite a few items have now gone, but if you see anything you'd love to own, do contact us...
Our next event is the Bridport Vintage Market on Sunday 29th July. See our EVENTS PAGE for more details...
Arcane Publishing and Matt ArtPix will be back to the Giant Shepton Flea tomorrow at The Royal Bath & West Showground in Somerset!
We will have some very special items, and here is some of the stock Arcane Publishing will be bringing:
Several years ago, I invested in this fantastic and completely unique fashion portfolio. I have decided that the Giant Shepton Flea is a prestigious enough event to show this one-off item!
It contains a large size scrapbook made of pages of authentic 1960s & 1970s fashion magazines. Colourful extracts below (click on the gallery pictures to view them):
The main section of the portfolio is an astonishing fashion project from a fashion student studying at the West Sussex College of Art in 1968 (and of course, I have a letter with all these crucial details!). I have researched the student and couldn't find anything about her... Hopefully she has made it in her dream job!
The portfolio is genuinely jaw-dropping; here is an authentic 1968 catwalk collection with all the required details. Someone could actually recreate the whole collection just using these patterns! Look at the style of the drawings, 100% 1960s!
I have over 120 original drawings, most with design notes and some with fabric swatches still attached!
All sold in a brand new black art portfolio.
Of course, Arcane Publishing is also a seller of second-hand books, and this time, I will concentrate my stock on glamour:
Here's a rare book on the iconic French starlet Brigitte Bardot:
I will have a varied stock of fashion-themed books, including quite a few rare items!
I have two books about the infamous bohemian Paris of the 1920s and 1930s, including one with photographs and text by renowned photographer, writer, artist and filmmaker Brassai.
I will also bring a little bit of my stock of ephemera and vinyls, including this stash of eleven The Shadows French "45 tours" from the 1960s!
We had a fantastic time at local festival Alice's Wicked Tea Party on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset! Our stall looked great and we sold quite a few items!
Go to Miss Gish's BLOG to read the report and see all the photos of the bands!
Below are pictures of our stand in one of the barns on the Saturday!
So here we are, June 2018 this weekend, and it can only mean one thing for us Dorset-dwelling music fans: Alice's Wicked Tea Party!
This is the grassroots festival's fourth edition and the second for us. Read Miss Gish's little report on last year's festival HERE.
Once again this year, there are quite a few bands we want to see, especially the excellent the Membranes. But what this festival allows you to do is discover and listen to new bands outside of the genres you naturally go for and have a great time watching and listening to live music surrounded by the amazing countryside. Hopefully someone's warned the horses in the nearby field that the mad and noisy humans are coming back again!
This edition of the festival promises to be bigger and better, and likewise, I do hope I will take pictures of a better quality...
On Friday we will be enjoying the music as punters; on the Saturday, Arcane Publishing and Matt ArtPix will be setting up stall in one of the barns and display our wares to the audience: band t-shirts, original art, new and second-hand fiction and non-fiction, music and art magazines, and a box of discounted books at 50p each!
Below, find a selection (there will be many more!) of items Arcane Publishing will be taking to the festival.
See you on Friday in the audience and at the stall on Saturday!
When we left the Arcane/ArtPix towers early on Saturday morning, the sky was dark and the clouds low.
On the way, the rain started falling and got worse as we approached Bridport. We arrived at the St Michael's estate under a sustained rain and thought we would never be able to set up our stall.
Miraculously, within 10mn, the rain had stopped and we managed to sort out our stall - thanks to a bit of plastic kindly provided by our neighbouring stallholders!
We had glorious weather the rest of the day and we had a fab time. We had tried to give our stall a 60s flavour to follow the day's theme!
We were visited by loads of pooches, big and small - they always provide great entertainment! A special mention to the laid-back Ted at Old Albion, such a cool dude!
Our next event is the fab music festival Alice's Wicked Tea Party on Friday and Saturday (we'll have a stall on the Saturday only).
We will be back at the Bridport Vintage Market in July (we're skipping one as it's a World Cup match day for England in the middle of the afternoon!)
More events have been added to our EVENTS PAGE!
Go and check it out!
Matt ArtPix and Arcane Publishing will have a stall at the Bridport Vintage Market in the lovely Art and Vintage Quarter at the St Michael's Estate in Bridport!
I had taken some pictures of the special stock I will bring on the day, but my camera has died on me and I can no longer post them...
So come and see for yourself on Sunday 29th April! (and rain, go away!)
Matt ArtPix and Arcane Publishing will be sharing a stall at the Exeter Flea Market this Saturday 14th April.
It's an early start (7.30am) so put your alarm on if you wish to bag some great items!
As this is our first market there, I am bringing a limited amount of items and trying a few things out.
I will have some heavily discounted stock I would like to get rid of, and I will bring a few special items!
I will also bring this lovely book about Glastonbury (1978).
We hope to see you there!
We are adding more events to our EVENTS PAGE. Go and have a look!
This Sunday 1st April, Matt ArtPix and Arcane Publishing will have an outside stall at The Customs House in West Bay, where we already have a permanent unit. We will sell a selection of our goodies, vintage-inspired art, vintage items and books! There will be a farmer's market too, and there is a lovely cafe on site.
It is free entrance and it kicks off at 10am!
More events to be announced soon!
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