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“Blink” Graphics: Unite and Type

Friday, July 26th, 2013

One of my absolute pleasures in life is discovering a delightful new shop. Yesterday I was afforded that rare pleasure as I ambled along the most northern end of Portobello Road. I must admit that my route used to stop at the junction with Goldborne Road and I’d turn right, heading up to the antique shops, via Lisboa for a custard tart, and then to Rellik for some premo vintage. Now I have to rethink my walk as this little bit of Portobello Road, across the junction with Goldborne Road, has been undergoing a wonderful transformation.

There are some great cafes and coffee shops, photographic art shops, a great spot for a mani/pedi, and also yesterday’s newest discover, Unite and Type which is a unique proposition from the Big Tomato Company. I met Gloria, the boss, who very kindly kept the doors open a bit longer for me as I ooh’d and ahh’d over the product. Here they have mixed some well selected vintage furniture and ‘objet’ to sit alongside some great graphic art from the likes of Anthony Burrill, as well as their range of pre-printed ceramics, and the ceramics awaiting your choice of text motif.

The Big Tomato Company are passionate about British production (all the ceramics are made in Stoke on Trent), typefaces and customization. They combine these passions by allowing you to select a shape from their ceramic collection, choose your font, colourway of type (real gold of platinum anyone?!) and message. Then they lovingly turn your vision into reality!

If you’re a font fanatic and keen on learning some letterpress skills, then this store also houses a vintage letterpress printer and a plethora of vintage fonts. You can attend a one day workshop to create your own text based work of art as well as being able to dazzle your friends with your knowledge of leading and kerning!

Gloria in her shop, Unite and Type

Gloria in her shop, Unite and Type

Unite and Type from the Big Tomato Company

Unite and Type from the Big Tomato Company

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Blink Graphics: Autumn ’11 Highlights

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

We asked our resident graphics expert, Christian, to select his favourites from the Autumn ’11 quarterly ‘Graphics’ report. He scoured the 300 or so images that make up this report and pulled out those that he felt are the most inspirational and innovative. This is the penultimate issue of this report (boo!) but we have added another new report to our offer which means we have to refocus our energy. We still find graphic art incredibly inspirational, however so we will still be dedicating the occasional post to this theme, as well as adding in some great T shirt graphics into our ‘Jersey’ report.

St Bride at the Vintage Festival

The art of Letterpress is in the process of a massive revival at the moment. Keep your eye out for one off posters and letterpress woodblock fonts. Check out St Bride for lectures and shows, always interesting.

Bacon Street, East London

Bacon Street, East London.

Loving this line drawing graffiti style, differing from the norm.

The Peter Blake bus, spotted at the Vintage Festival

The Peter Blake bus is a wonder, pure British eccentric design.

Buxton Street, East London

Some street art by Anthony Lister, always great to see up. A very interesting artist.

Anthony Burrill

Letterpress goodness by Anthony Burrill. What’s not to like?

Ardingly Antiques Fair

I love old signage, a disappearing art which is a shame. Great reference here.

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Blink Events: The Vintage Festival, Part 4 aka ‘Shop ’til you Drop’

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Here we are on the fourth day of our coverage from the Vintage Festival, and we still have more to come! We think this is testament to the incredible diversity of events and quality of the experience created by Wayne Hemingway and the Vintage Festival team. Today we look at the amazing shopping at the event, which was mainly focused on fantastic vintage fashion, but there was also vintage homewares and furniture, brilliant art and a selection of big names who fit in with the mood,  like Cath Kidston and Benefit.

Within the Royal Festival Hall itself was a selection of more ‘high end’ vintage stalls. Our favourite was Fraubraun. We were told that this business developed out of the founder’s passion for collecting beautiful vintage womenswear. Stephanie Braun has an incredibly well honed sense of what will suit each one of her potential customers and within moments had selected two dresses for our Creative Director to slip into. Both fitted like a dream. You are then encouraged to step into the pop up photographic studio and take your own photo. Even if you aren’t quite ready to make a purchase, what a lovely experience. We have a couple of those shots below, so you’ll get a rare look at the face behind “Blink”.

Beyond the Royal Festival Hall was a wonderful market style set up, with some of the best quality vintage that we have seen in some time. As antique fair aficionado’s this was a kind of heaven. We first came across Stark, Wingate and Brown whose stall featured some brilliant graphic art. We spotted James Brown, who we have previously interviewed, and also Mr Wingate who we profiled for the Centre for Sustainable Fashion’s website. Beyond this was stall upon stall of wonderful vintage. It was impossible not to part with some cash, but thank goodness we didn’t succumb to the Danish teak mid century desk we spotted…

Wayne, sorry I didn’t make it for that dance you promised me in the disco, but I was exhausted from all of the day’s excitements and had to take myself home (with all my shopping) for a well earned rest!

St Bride Foundation's Letterpress stall

St Bride Foundation's Letterpress stall

Wingate and Brown of Stark, Wingate and Brown

Stark, Wingate and Brown

Stylish stallholders at the Vintage Festival

Wonderful vintage in the marketplace

Wonderful vintage in the marketplace

Inspirational homewares in the marketplace

Our Founder and Creative Directer in one of Fraubraun's vintage dresses

Our Founder and Creative Directer in one of Fraubraun's vintage dresses