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Retro bunting

retro cushion on formica chairWell, we’ve finished making the bunting and cushions for Retro Sunday. I’ve really enjoyed working on fabrics with big flowers and bright shades of orange, brown and green – it feels very cheerful and a great chance to venture into the fearlessness and funkiness that epitomises “retro”.

It also seemed really timely to have a retro event. We’ve been wanting to do something with Gavin at the Orange Cup on Weymouth Seafront for ages and also were planning a Make Time for Tea party for the Eve Appeal. So, after listening to the Radio 4 Woman’s Hour slot on Lucienne Day I grabbed this idea as a great excuse to explore Day’s impact on fabric design in the 1950’s and 60’s, eat some cake with our friends and chill out with some of the greatest tunes that we’ve ever heard.

In 1951 Lucienne created the Calyx design which was showcased at the 1951 Festival of Britain.

This was the start of an incredible career in fabric design – spearheading a “Contemporary design” approach that was perfectly in tune with the post war new look.

the Calyx design by Lucienne Day

Taking influence from plant forms and using rich earth and acid colours and irregular abstract forms, Calyx was initially viewed with scepticism by her principal client, Heal Fabrics. However it was so widely praised, across the world and at home it achieved the International Design award – and Heal quickly began championing Lucienne’s work. Over the next 20 years Lucienne launched over 70 patterns for the company.

Pallant House Gallery in Chichester is currently exhibiting the works and lives of Lucienne and Robin Day – and how their influence on furniture and textile design changed our world. The exhibition continues until the 26th June so if you’re heading anywhere the other side of Portsmouth in the next few months it would be worth calling in to get more retro inspiration. Its been great fun finding retro fabrics for Sunday’s tea party and I think there’s going to be more from us in this vein. We’ve recently invested in some cool formica chairs and together with the clean lines and crazy colours of our Poole Pottery from the 60’s through to 80’s, we’re gathering plenty of accessories for retro parties.

Its free to join us on Sunday listening to vinyl music on Marco’s record player, or just to check out our retro bunting, drink tea from 1970’s orange teacups and eat cakes in aid of the Eve Appeal. More information is here: Retro Sunday We’re hanging out all day on the 17th April at 123 the Esplanade – its set to be sunny and we have the best view of the sea possible.


Our bunting is all for hire for as little as £3 per strand (60p/metre) Whether its retro, red, white and blue or our gorgeous floral bunting its all hand made double thickness. If you want to hire some for an event, Royal Wedding day or party then contact us here.

retro bunting and teacup

Published by annie, on 13th April 2011 at 8:38 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Arts,Vintage Events,Vintage Fashion,Vintage Homeware Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Retro bunting

Cakes all upside-down and black & white!

Picture of a tiered black and white cakeHow do you find gorgeous cakes for big events to suit a quirky or really innovative theme? We’ve just found a really clever and local speciality cake designer who’s beautiful themed cakes are both stunning and gorgeous – heaven!

Visions is based in Weymouth and offer a fabulous range of bespoke cake and flower designs that we think are fantastic. Whether you’re looking for the more traditional pure black & white tiered cakes for formal Black and White Parties (old b&w movies, gin slings and formal black & white dress a must!) or if you’ve a particular theme in mind then check out what Denise and her team are offering.

We loved the cakes that Visions were exhibiting at Bennetts Wedding Fair – the Water Fall inspired cake was really pretty and delicate but what impressed us most of all was the Upside Down tiered cake which alongside all of those deep red roses we think would be perfect for a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! See our pictures here and let us know what you think … or visit the Visions Website for more inspiration!

Waterfall Cake Upside Down Cake

Published by vdorset, on 21st September 2010 at 12:56 pm. Filled under: Vintage Arts,Vintage Events,Vintage Food Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Cakes all upside-down and black & white!