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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

Purbeck Vintage Bus Rally

logo advertising Purbeck Bus Rally

The Wessex Transport Society and Swanage Town Council have joined forces to hold the Purbeck Bus Rally – a vintage event exhibiting a wide range of present-day and heritage buses on the Main Beach Car Park, Victoria Avenue, Swanage.

green bus

The event is led by the Wessex Transport Society who formed in 1983 to provide events and activities for and through a group of transport enthusiasts initially from the Bournemouth area but increasingly spreading much further afield. The group now boasts more than 250 members and has a full events calendar including rally’s meetings and road runs.

This is a great family event ideal for a vintage picnic or if you fancy an afternoon outing with a visit to a teashop in Swanage this might be just the ticket. Look out for the Brook Tea Room, 15, the Parade – a lovely little tea room on the sea front – great sea views and huge slices of cake and also listed in the Afternoon Tea Guide.

Published by vdorset, on 27th September 2010 at 8:15 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Food,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Purbeck Vintage Bus Rally