Fashion Plate #1

I recently put together a mixtape for my Mixcloud site for an imaginary fashion show as I’ve for a long time thought that the music at fashion shows can be really dull and predictable with that as my starting point I sequenced the mixtape to play through the different stages of the catwalk experience. I may have the wrong idea about how fashion shows are programmed but I certainly know how to put together a mixtape! The only problem I really had was finding a suitable image for the mixtape which led to my eureka moment of what I could do for my next artwork project. Yes fashion plates ʇıqɹouıʇuǝɔuıʌ style seem like a good idea to me so I have been ripping up and cutting shapes to make collages that I then scan in and manipulate with software to produce images that please my eye.

Fashion Plate #1

© Vincent Kelly 2011


Sometimes in life there are beautiful moments of synchronicity that happen without planning every single move that you make. When I was drafting my last post the chance to visit Tapeline caught my attention so I jumped at it immediately it was just so timely given that I had wanted to publish something about collecting vintage audio cassette tapes. Stuart Childs AKA @Sc_r and I arranged to meet up to check out Tapeline after Stuart had made a couple of phone calls to Louise at Tapeline about the possibility of getting some cassette tapes made to order. We didn’t really know what to expect and had been speculating that the manufacturing unit was probably in someone’s shed, as luck would have it, it was to be much better than that but we were right about it being a family fun firm.

Tapeline: Alan, Louise and Taylor were initially bemused by our enthusiasm when we arrived but we got along like a house on fire and they were happy to let me take photographs, and Stuart and Aaron AKA @oomlout ask lots of techy questions about the machines and how the process worked. Stuart and I had a great time with Louise looking at every type of cassette body so that we could select the holders to wind the tapes onto, we both really liked the reel to reel spools inside the clear cassette body as it was very different to the standard tape. Taylor immediately ran off a test tape of chrome c60 on the Tapematic machine to see if we would be happy with the look when the tape was wound on the spools. We couldn’t believe our luck when we realised that Taylor would make up the tapes to order on the spot so we could take them away with us after we had used Alan’s PC to use paypal for the payment of the tapes.

Just as we were getting ready to leave we spotted some boxes of ‘endless tapes’ on a shelf in the office, it just kept getting better and better now I had spotted the holy grail of audio cassettes the endless tape loop in the cassette format. Needless to say we had to have some didn’t we, at this point our minds were racing at the thought of what we could do with endless tape loops my own version of heaven is a never ending throb of dub techno, my personal sonic utopia and possibly another person’s sonic hell.

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© Vincent Kelly 2011

Cabinet Of Curiosities | Cassette Tapes

Being an inveterate collector of ‘stuff’ I keep spotting interesting things in charity shops that I think are just too good to leave in the shop, this is a small selection of the pre-recorded cassette tapes I have found recently that meet the remit of my collecting policy. The tapes are small therefore easy to store, they are also ‘classic’ releases that have been produced by quality artistes at the top of their game, and I can play them in the kitchen while I’m cooking up a storm for Mrs Inorbit and having a glass of wine.

I think it’s interesting that there seems to be a bit of a renaissance going on at the moment with audio cassette releases by some cult musicians and cassette only labels such as Tapeworm, after the golden age of pre-recorded cassettes in the 70s and 80s it’s great to see a bit of a come back for tapes taking place.

© Vincent Kelly 2011

Cabinet Of Curiosities | Folio Society Books

In my twenties I subscribed to the FS as I was ploughing my way through classic literature in my autodidactic way, since then I have picked up FS editions of the classics in second-hand book shops and charity shops to replace cheap paper-backs because they usually have a well designed binding and interesting illustrations that have been specially commissioned. I also remember thinking in my youth that I would keep every book I had ever read now I am absolutely ruthless about book retention and very rarely hang on to books in the fiction category unless it is a first edition hard-back, or at least a collectable hard-back edition. I’m afraid there isn’t enough room in the house to keep a copy of everything I read surely that’s what libraries are for?

© Vincent Kelly 2011


Freddy Robinson & His New Orleans Band

I’ve been looking for original gig posters for quite a while now to check the kind of look they would have had for when I’ve been producing my own posters, and recently came across this wonderful home-made poster in a second-hand record shop. I cannot tell you how excited I was when I found this bit of treasure, what are the odds of something like this surviving from 1953? The design is very much like the hand-made posters I used to make for Peterlee Catholic Club in the 70s for my Dad, so it’s kind of confirmed my vague recollections of what some of the working men’s club posters would have looked like at the time.

It would be lovely to know a bit more about Freddy Robinson & His New Orleans Band, probably local musicians and jazz fans, and who were the Jazz Information Service? That sounds like a great pseudonym in fact exactly like something I would have invented. I love so much about this poster even the old sellotape just about holding the two pieces of card together. If you do know anything about Freddy or The Jazz Information Service please contact me as I would love to hear from you.

Freddy Robinson & His New Orleans Band

© Vincent Kelly 2011

PYE Stop Clock

I have spent most of my life trawling around charity shops for booty and amassed quite a collection of; books, records, ceramics and any old tat worth jumping at. Very occasionally you come across something that you don’t see very often if ever and this object is one of those classic finds that makes you quiver with excitement when you see it out of context in a charity shop. Someone obviously loved and cared for this piece of treasure as it’s still working and in excellent condition. I really like the functionality of the stop clock, the way you can change the position to the horizontal if required as I have done to photograph it against the nuetral background.

I’m guessing the stop clock is from the 50s going from the look of the design and the fact that it was manufactured by PYE who I have always associated with records rather than scientific instruments. This object screams at me “object of desire” because it ticks all of the boxes for me; design, manufacturer, analogue, scientific, measurements of time, what’s not to like about it. I assume that the stop clock was used in the workplace to time processes and productivity? If you have any idea about how and when the stop clock would have been used leave a comment.

Size: Approximately 6″ Diameter

© Vincent Kelly 2011

Christmas Greetings

Courtesy of The London Transport Executive in 1949 I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The original artist for this poster is Bruce Angrave who also worked on The Festival Of Britain, and also illustrated books as well as producing amazing posters.

Printed by The Baynard Press.

For a bit of fun I have also created a link to WodenEye’s amazing  Christmas Mix Tape to get you in the mood for the festivities hope you enjoy.

Gig Posters of Jazz Musicians

I thought it would be useful to round up this series of gig posters so that people can see at a glance some of the artwork I have been doing recently.

© Vincent Kelly 2010