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Vintage revival on Etsy

November 21, 2014

People love the mid century for illustration, design, colour and style. I’m certainly one of the masses who like it too. There’s so much around that it’s sometime hard to tell the authentic vintage from what I call the contemporary retro. I recently came across the images selling on the Crumb By Crumb site on Etsy. These are  old images that have been ‘cleaned up’ to create posters for kid’s bedroom walls, but in truth it will be the adults that will be drawn to these first : )

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Educational and fun to look at too, what a great combination.

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Ideal for a children’s playroom or bedroom.

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But sometimes you can’t get better than the genuine article. Etsy has plenty of Vintage and even a search button to take you right to it. One of the fabulous sellers I’ve come across recently is Cindy, an American, midwestern mother of four, who sells tea towels / handkerchiefs and ephemera from the 50′s and 60′s. Her shop is called Neato Keen and it has a great winter banner right now. I love the feel of the doves towel here.

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More chirpy birds and a spot of old fashioned housework.

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Off to Market.

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This rather oddly themed, tea-towel series concentrating on the antics of a rather reckless young lad !

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A spot of 1960′s London featuring Bakers, Beefeaters and Beatniks  !

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A little more floral, with some fab owls and cats.

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A few older carriage designs, one by Tammis Keefe. Some lovely creative work here. Thanks to Cindy for letting me share these images with you, and don’t forget they’re all for sale on her Etsy shop, but pop over quickly before the fab ones get away !!

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Modern Publicity 1959 – 60. Illustrated Mid century Art, Advertising and Graphics Part 3

November 19, 2014

A little colour to start off part 3 of the collection of graphics from Modern Publicity’s annual for 1959 -60. I’m loving this tartan dog, made up of just that !

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Perhaps I shouldn’t ask if anyone remembers the packaging for Jelly Babies looking like this ? (Don’t worry you’re age is safe with us)

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Who ever thought Rust Oil could look so appealing !

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A few strong black and white company symbols, some classical record covers and travel posters to bring this post to a retro close.

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You can find more posts and illustrations in this series by typing the words Modern Publicity into the search function on the right of this post. Don’t forget to share this, tell your friends about Fishink Blog and to vote for it here on the Blog Awards UK (when the site isn’t down !). I need every vote you can help me with : ) Many thanks.

Blog Awards UK

November 18, 2014

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Blog Arads UK

Today I need to ask a big favour from all of my readers. I’ve been entered for the Blog Awards UK along with hundreds or other blogs and as the chance of winning is based on being voted for, then I need to ask you to please vote for me and the Fishink Blog.

Not that I’m longing for some international acclaim or anything, but when you work on something for a large percentage of each week, then it would be great to achieve some recognition. But we’ll see, we’re not off to a great start as the email I was supposed to get a week ago with my entry details for voting didn’t arrive … so I’m already a week behind with the votes : (

Ahh well, what will be will be…

Please share this with all your friends and take one minute to vote here today.

Big, big thank yous : )  Craig


P.S. The site has periods of being ‘statistically overwhelmed’ due to the number of visitors and is sometimes unobtainable. Do please persevere and retry in order to get your vote to count. Most appreciated.

Modern Publicity 1959 – 60. Illustrated Mid century Art, Advertising and Graphics Part 2

November 17, 2014

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Happy Monday everyone. Here is part two of the vintage graphics from Modern Publicity annual for 1959 -60. Some wonderful movement in this selection of illustrations and I love this trendy lady out shopping with her wire wheeled basket.

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A few light hearted cartoon characters to bring part two to a close.

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I like the skipping toast girl and the farmer waiting for an egg for his breakfast (pity the ad’s for smoking though)

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You can find more posts and illustrations in this series by typing the words Modern Publicity into the search function on the right of this post. Don’t forget to share it and tell your friends about Fishink Blog and if you’re looking for some lovely handmade Christmas cards like these for next month, at the affordable cost of just £1 per card ! then just click here for details. Many thanks.Fishinkblog 8340 Christmas Cards 6 2014

Jae Hyo Lee Korean Natural Sculptures

November 14, 2014

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Born in Hapchen, Korea in 1965 Jae Hyo Lee completed a B.F.A in Plastic Arts, Hong-ik University in 1992.

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Leaving plastics behind Jae Hyo went on to discover his love for more natural materials, such as wood ….

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Look at these beautiful chairs.

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Scale appears to be no problem for this talented designer.

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Beaten nails into wood.

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And finally metal. Beautiful shapes, organic and curvaceous, they really make you look twice.

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Also beautiful when more weathered and rusty.

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Lee creates some weird metallic animals too. The tortoise-helmet made me smile.

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Is this his take on ‘ The Scream ‘ I wonder ?

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Captivating, Inspired and creative work by a talented maker. More pieces on Lee’s website here.

If you liked this post , you may also like the work of Michael Grab and Andy Goldsworthy.

Fishink Christmas Designs 2014

November 12, 2014

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It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about some the approaching ‘time off’ and ‘time out’ (hopefully). I’ve been busy designing my Christmas cards for this year too. Here are a few of the drawings that didn’t quite make it onto a card this year.

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And finally……… the two designs that did !   Dog and Tree and Two Robins with Mistletoe.

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What’s even better is that I’m selling them at last years price of

10 cards for only £10 ! (plus p&p of £3 in the UK or £4 to anywhere worldwide)

You can select a pack of 10 handmade cards of either design or ask for a mix of the two styles.

They are all created using recycled paper and envelopes.

What’s more it’s so easy to place an order using paypal,

simply send an email to stating…..

1. your desired quantity of cards, ( 10, 20, 30 etc )

2. your selection (Dog and Tree, Robins or a mixture of the two)

3. your address (inc postcode) and

4.  the email address that you use for paypal

and I’ll send you a paypal request for the amount and then get them in the post asap !


Please pass this post onto anyone who might also like these cards and

help support small business this year.

Don’t forget you can find more Fishink gifts, like Cards, Notebooks, Stamps, Original Illustrations and Art Prints, which also make superb Christmas presents too, over here. Some examples below.

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Bird Cards

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Notebook 1


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Art Prints

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or even a piece or Original art.

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Many thanks for your support, and pop over and order something from Fishink today : )

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Vintage Book Covers

November 10, 2014

Happy Monday everyone, I trust this finds you well. To ease you gently (and colourfully) into the week, here are some more retro book cover online discoveries for your (and my) visual delight ! I hope you enjoy them.

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There definitely appears to be more mid century book covers aimed at boys than girls. These Polish ones are lovely, I really like the two little guys in the tree.

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A couple more girl focussed pages.

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Tons of space books from the 50′s and 60′s. It appears that everyone liked making rockets.

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A book about being a chimney sweep, not so much of a profession these days but again fab illustrations.

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And for those of you who have been waiting for the kids to go back to school before you go on your late year holidays, here are some cars, planes and travel guides just for you. Gosh I do try to think of everyone : ) Comments welcome as always please.

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