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Blog Giveaway – Get a retro toys art illustration completely FREE!

 I am pleased to be able to share a fantastic giveaway with you!

Artist Andy Greenacre is giving away 10 limited edition prints of his “Remember These?” artwork this week. These illustrations have developed from his recent drawings related to memorable objects from childhood. If you were an 80s child you probably remember playing with some of these toys – and Andy Greenacre would love to hear from you if you recognise any of the below! Here’s the link to his art blog.

Remember these

There’s absolutely no catch with this giveaway – it’s not a competition, so there’s no retweeting or signing up involved – it’s just “first-come-first-served” and that’s how I like a giveaway to be! 

So if you would like to help yourself to one of these limited edition prints (posted directly to your door for free) yes, completely FREE of charge please get in touch ASAP – remember there’s only 10 available so I don’t think they will be around for long – and I’ve already put my name down for one! ;)

Email artist@andy-greenacre.co.uk with your delivery address or tweet @AndyGreenacre and direct message him with your address – don’t worry your personal information won’t be saved or passed on, he hates spam as much as I do! visit www.Andy-Greenacre.co.uk for more information or message me and I will forward your details to the artist :)


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Interior design inspirations for a retro home: Office space

I’ve been working on a ‘makeover’ for my living room since moving in back in May (yes, I know… I’d never succeed on 60-Minute-Makeover!) and I’ve chosen a fairly garish 60s & 70s retro theme in orange, teak and brown with a few accents of blue. Although it’s taken me a while to get to this point that’s mostly due to lack of funds and the need for rummaging through car-boot sales, second-hand shops, auctions and even giving a new home to furniture that would otherwise be thrown away at the side of the road. I’ve buffed up a few pieces and I’m pleased to say that I’m nearly there! The only thing that needs attention is my work-space so I needed to do a bit of research into retro office spaces and here’s some of the photos that I’ve been inspired by from John Lewis, Retro Office and Apartment Therapy.

So I’m taking inspiration from these office spaces and will be keeping an eye out for a suitably retro office chair over the next couple of weeks. Let me know if you come across anything that might be suitable!

yayoi-kusama-spots


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Interior Design Inspiration – Going dotty for retro spots

One of artist Fabiana Di Mascio’s pieces that I saw recently at the Never Ending Mural exhibition in Ipswich has given me inspiration for an interior design project. Her artwork consisted of a dark painted canvas covered in multi-coloured acrylic dots. Honestly, it looked absolutely beautiful, and I’d love to recreate a paler version over my whole living-room wall.

Obviously,  Damien Hirst has famously made spots ‘his thing’, selling millions of pounds -worth of dotty works of art. However, I’m not after such a uniform look to the spots on my wall – the piece of art that I was inspired by was more like free-hand spots that had been dotted on using the end of a paintbrush.

Here’s another piece of art that has inspired me by Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. This exhibition named “Look Now, See Forever” took place at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art until March 2012 and allowed visitors to contribute to the installation to create a room filled with dots – this immersive room was created for kids, called “World of Dots”.

Pretty cool huh? Although a little over-the-top for my living room design! I will certainly be taking inspiration from these artworks to create my very own dotty wall… watch this space!


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Opening today: the Retrieval Cue art exhibition by @AndyGreenacre

Today is the opening event for the MA art exhibition at the University of Central Lancashire and if you get the chance, do go along to the event tonight. There are plenty of studio-based students working in a variety of media exhibiting alongside a handful of site and archive intervention artists who are exhibiting their public art projects as part of the MA show.

One of these artists Andy Greenacre is hosting an exhibition-within-an-exhibition, a collaboration show entitled Retrieval Cue, which is held on the first floor of the Hanover building at the University of Central Lancashire. His artwork has been published as a book (Retrieval Cue is now available to buy on Blurb.co.uk) and the exhibition details the collaboration between the audience – the ‘donor’ of a memory – and the artist. A memory anecdote is written and the artist creates an artwork in reaction to the donor’s story. The pieces on display are a variety of photography and installation of artifacts. I am looking forward to seeing this exhibition this evening as well as a sound-piece artwork by Preston-based artist David Henckel.


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Anyone fancy a bit of lamb? …and other art from Nicola Ellis

I don’t own much artwork, in fact I don’t really own many pictures at all, but when I hang something on my wall it’s because I love it, and this is one of my  favourite artworks -”Anyone fancy a bit of lamb?” by Nicola Ellis.

My artist husband studied with Nicola at the University of Central Lancashire and I was lucky enough to become good friends with this amazing artist. When I graduated from my BA, my lovely hubby invested in a piece of Nicola’s art for me and chose this print of  a lamb chop for me, which has had pride of place in every living-room I’ve lived in since.

A lot of Nicola’s artwork is sculpture based, and she experiments with some pretty unusual media (including expanding foam, sieves and wool) to create happy accidents, and often prefers to simply play with her ‘ingredients’ and see what happens rather than setting out with an artwork in mind. Nicola graduated UCLan with a first class BA and has since completed a MA in Manchester and this year she exhibited her artwork in the Fafa Gallery in Helsinki. Her work is definitely something different, and well worth a look so check out her portfolio site and if you’re lucky enough to catch one of her UK exhibitions do make sure you go along, you won’t be disappointed!