This weekend I managed to get in and rearrange the loungeroom. It’s been one of those things I’ve been meaning to do for ages but never got around to doing. The room is an eclectic mix of mid century modern, 50s retro, kitsch, tiki and modern day stuff too. The cool part is it’s all been done on a budget, the only major item bought new was the tv, the rest (cabinets, dining table, chairs etc) is bought second hand off ebay, op shops, or from mates. The jukebox was even found on the side of the road during a council clean up!
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A while ago we featured a bunch of art from the Bailey Brothers down in Victoria. They’ve certainly been busy, with their art on sale at events like Camperdown and places like Kustom Lane. Not too busy though, because they’ve had plenty of time to sling some paint! Here’s some of their latest work (thanks again for sharing gents).
On the weekend I visited a bloke who had what I reckon is the coolest office chair I’ve ever seen – It’s a seat out of a WWII Hudson bomber! As you can see the seat has been mounted on an old ammunition box to give it some extra height, and some castor wheels have been added to make it more practical. It looks real comfy too! The cool part is the Hudsons were originally a commercial plane which were brought into military use, which is why it features the neat ribbing and detailing around the base.
At the end of the war things were pretty scarce so the seat was brought home by a serviceman who used it in their home. In more recent years the current owner stumbled upon it on ebay, snatched it up for a measly $50 after it didn’t sell, had it reupholstered and turned it into the beauty you see before you. I want one!
One place I wanted to check out while in Albury was Fonzie’s Diner & Ice Creamery. It features all of the well established 50s diner kitsch elements that you’d expect, with car lounges, retro tables and some old petrol pumps. I can report from personal experience that their milkshakes are awesome, nice and thick with a strong flavour – just like a proper old school milkshake should have! Word is the burgers are pretty good too, though the timing of our visit meant we didn’t get to try them.
I was trawling through some old pics and thought I’d share this. This is a memento of the Aussie Stray Cats tour from a couple of years ago.
The pics are just from a camera phone, they’re not great quality but they’re reasonable. I was able to make them a lot cooler by converting them to black and white and bumping up the contrast a touch. The ticket stub is pretty self explanatory, and the cloth trim is just some stuff from Lyncraft. The frame is just from one of those discount stores that sell excess stock. Hardest part was measuring it out so it was all even and straight!
Now if you’re after some cheap wall art there’s no reason you couldn’t steal this concept and create something for yourself. I’ve got a similar piece with a Trader Vics theme with a business card, napkin and a menu (which a mate brought me back from the States). There are heaps of things you could use as a basis for your own art, be it old postcards from a vintage store or even pics from a magazine. Better yet, you don’t need to be a budding Shag or Keith Weesner to create something original and half decent!
This awesome pad in Alexandria is up for auction on 9 July. Given the location and set up it’ll no doubt go for a pretty penny. But like the Nomad I was checking out today – you can always drool over it and dream!
I’m loving the awesome garage set up, and the mid-century modern loungeroom – how cool is the stone detailing on the pole near the kitchen? Property details can be found here.
As someone who’s played with a bunch of art (I’m the first to admit calling myself an artist is a stretch!), and as someone who has bunch of artists as mates, it really shits me when I see people ripping off artists to make some cash. So I’m helping to spread the word about these dodgey shirts, which illegally use images taken by Harmony Nicholas from South Australia.
If you haven’t seen her images before, check out her facebook page. The quality of her work is amazing! If you do see the shirts being sold somewhere, email her at the address above so she can chase up the dodgey bastards making these shirts!