Adoring all things vintage, whimsical and downright quirky

Category Archives: Illustration and graphic design

I love cats (we have one called Bourneville) despite being allergic to them! So when this little darling popped up on my Instagram feed (@vintageverity) I was drooling! This little lady costs £59.99 from kit-cat.co.uk (there are lots of other colours too).

Lady Kit Cat has been around since 1932!
Robert Smith would approve

Another find was this poster from Indieprints on Etsy (I bought the last one, sorry!) but you can source similar elsewhere…

Sugarhill Catrina Purrfect Cats Shirt found here
£33.60

Lastly, this pretty peter pan collar blouse by Sugarhill – ain’t it just the cat’s whiskers?


These notelets from one of my favourite paper stores, Papermash, are trop jolie! Perfect for sending out to your Francophile friends. They cost £12.95 for a set of 8.


I am a real fan of typography, and have blogged about this in the past, but I just wanted to share with you a couple of great finds – thanks to my all-time fave design magazine, Livingetc. for the heads up on these…

I actually bought the teatowel at the top of this post the other day – it’s from Tate Online and costs £8.50. It’s going into a frame and will take a space up on my orange wall of interest.

What about this! Another superb example of typog in action – this little beaut costs £75 unframed from Keep Calm Gallery. Pricey but worth it! I really like this one too – sums it all up in one sentence – and a great sentiment to hang on the kitchen wall too! A bit cheaper at £16 unframed – again from Keep Calm Gallery.


laperawebSimple, stunning and classic, this ‘La Pera’ screenprint can be bought at The Lollipop Shoppe for a budget busting £165. Designed by Enzo Mari n 1963 for Danese Milano, Italy, it is certainly a stylish investment. See my other post on the wonderful world of illustration and graphic design.


nude magazine

Occasionally you come across one of those magazine that makes you drool, visually speaking, and for me the wonderful Nude Magzine does just that! The London-based mag covers counter-culture in all it’s craziness, from art and shopping to fashion and news. I think it’s great!


 

Z bag

 

Perhaps it’s because I am a writer by trade, but I have always loved letters and I’m a complete typography nerd so this post is dedicated to the humble letter. First up is the cool “Alphabet bag” – made of 100% cotton and, at a tenner a pop, they are are simple and cool – perfect for nipping to the veg shop or carrying your swimming things in!

 

emily peacock kiss

If you haven’t yet come across her, Emily Peacock is doing wonderful things for the revival of tapestry. No longer the domain of medieval castles or grandma’s carpet bag, these circus-inspired tapestry cushions rock – mothballs not included. Also you have to DIY so it kind of becomes an heirloom – genius!

bookend bracelett

I spotted these bookspine bracletts on Etsy – they are the handiwork of the very talented Leah Makin whose passion for ‘papers, persnickety punctuation and discarded library books’ make for some really creative items in her Etsy shop.

 

book braceletts 

 

While I was pouncing about on Etsy, as is customary for a Friday afternoon, I found these lovely laser-cut lovelies by Isette – she does a whole range of letters and words in lots of different colours. I love the delicate curls of the ampersand, which I rarely get to use as house-style at work doesn’t like the pretty little symbol 😦 so instead, I can wear one – they are a bargain at $24 plus P & P.

ampersand necklace

Ok so it’s not typography, but I think Isette’s cute glasses ring (below) would style up any hand ($9 USD)

spectacles ring

 Finally one more Etsy find for you – this time from the wonderful imagination of Vintage Inspiration – it’s a really cute antique typewritter key set in a novely button – how sweet! Again it’s  a snip at $10 USD.

letter K


I have stumbled across a delightful little webshop called Hannah Zakari – what a gem. Set up by jewellery maker and all round magpie, Rachael Lamb, it offers really quirky art prints, handmade bags and the like from independent artists. Vive les independents!  Here are some of my selections for your Friday viewing…

custard-cream

How about this rather sweet ‘custard cream’ print? Designed by artist Kate Wilson, I think it’s got a lovely olde worldy feel about it. It costs £20 and  is printed onto A5 sized (14.8x21cm) Bockingford artists paper, signed by the artist herself.

beatrice-vintage-shopper

 

OOh! I rather fancy this Beatrice Vintage shopper – great for nipping down tut fruit and veg shop of a weekend and means you won;t need any of those crummy blue plastic bags that cut your hands to shreds and spill spuds all across the road.  Again, it’s that  quirkiness that lures me in. Again, cheap and cheerful at £12 a pop. It is screen printed on both sides and is made from organic cotton. Designed by Showpony.

 

 

dazed-dorothy-bag

Finally,check out this stunning bit of arm candy. Made of leather with beautiful pale green and bright yellow bow sequins and beads and lined in sumptous yellow silk, how could anyone resist? Ok, bit pricier at £65 but I’s say it’s worth it. This little beauty is designed by Dazed Dorothy.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

 


birdcage-tea-towel

(Actually, I bought it today.) I totally fell for this tea towel, yes a simple old dish dryer has me all doe-eyed. I plan to frame it as an interesting piece of art! I had lots of trouble finding it in the UK as it is originally from Ferm Living who only sell wholesale and 95% Danish, the online stockists, don’t sell the tea towel (boo!) Luckily, I managed to track it down here  at a really nice little online shop I hadn’t come across before called Rose & Grey. I shall be visiting there again!


neverforget

One for my Lust List…

This rather fab piece of ceramic wall art can be purchased from In My Room – a cool little shop that can be found in trusty, old  North Laine, Brighton. It costs £75 but be warned, there is a waiting list! I am already dropping big fat hints to my other half as my birthday is only in February (10th, if you are interested!)

I think it’s going to be as popular as the “For, like ever” poster from Village…you heard it here first!

 

 

 

 


 

 Image by Claire McMahon

 

I have been looking for a striking piece of art for my newly plastered wall, and have been getting a bit frustrated by the lack of available resources. I don’t want no arty schmarty mass produced tat, I already have some great photos and paintings about the house. Oh, no.  I want something UNIQUE!

But the first problem is as soon as some new artist is mentioned in a magazine or blog even, then the cost of their work shoots way out of my budget.

 

So it got me thinking…

 

I want some funky wall art, right? So why not go down the illustrator and graphic designer route?  They usually sell screen prints direct from their own websites and stuggling artists always want some business.  So I started my trawl and lo and behold have found some AMAZING, thought provoking and imaginative work. In fact, I have opened the proverbial can of worms as there is so much out there.

 

My best tip? Use the links on each artists blogs – they usually have loads and you would never otherwise find them. Genius.

 

 

Image by Alex Cherry 

 

 

First up is my new favourite arty designy type is Beata Szczecinska, a Polish design graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. She goes under the name of City Abyss  and her beautiful creations are heavily influenced by fashion, graphic arts, photography and design and take inspiration from city scapes and the modern city environment. I particularly love the Beauty, Rig and Melody prints and at €30 a pop (£23) plus postage and packaging which is around €7. Not bad for limited edition original works by an up and coming artist!

 

 

For quirky prints, lots of colour and a fashion edge, check out My Dead Pony, a Belgian graphic illustrator. I really want to get one of his posters – they cost around €30. Here is a taster of MDP’s work!

 

 

Similarly Claire McMahon is another one to watch – I love this piece of hers (below) though there is nowhere to buy prints on the site and she uses an agent but you can contact her through Debut Art. She has worked on the POS for Bourjois make-up so this lady is clearly going places!

 

Images from Debut Art.

 

 

 

VHM Alex  – better known as Alex Cherry, has a great grungy, street stencil style that I really like. Without a frame its $23.99 (£13.50)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elzo – a Belgian graphic designer based in Brussels has also got a staggeringly original style – I really love this Expo Pazimobile poster – a bargain at € 13. 

 

 

 

Erin Petson is another one to watch – have a look at her lovely site here

 

J3 Concepts style totally captures everyhing I like in an image – his monochrome prints can be bought for under a tenner! Wow, unique art was never so cheap! If you want a wrapped canvas that starts at around £36 for a small one.

 

 

 

Of course these are just the style of art I personally like.  Check out Deviant Art and Red Bubble where lots of new artists, designers and illustrators are uploading their work to sell. Happy hunting!