Art Angel Marie Nemeth

We're pleased to introduce Marie Nemeth to this months Birmingham Vintage Festival. Originally from Lancashire, Marie studied  Fine Art at Birmingham Polytechnic creating large semi-abstract paintings and collages influenced by bands and she states, musical instruments and the rock ‘n’ roll scene of Birmingham. Having worked as a graphic designer since, Marie has now returned to her roots and will be showing her work at Birmingham Vintage Festival on Septemebr 24th.

White Studios

We're thrilled White Tree Studios and Gallery are returning to Birmingham Vintage Festival this month.

Established since 2008, the art directors are Jennifer Gollings and Belinda Maria Longsden who have ten years experience between them.

Artists themselves, they are the leading organisation in Wolverhampton for gallery hire. White tree has six artists studios and currently have five artists in residence. For more information see the website or see them at Birmingham Vintage Festival on September 24th.

Meeni

We are so pleased to have one of our most popular traders, Meeni back for the September 24th. Madeline is a multidisciplinary artist working with visual artwork, craft, music, soundworks and sometimes dance.

Using  a variety of materials and working in different media, Madeline likes to use thrifted and vintage materials and reuses and recycles whenever possible.

In addition, Madeline makes jewellery incorporating her own handmade glass beads. Ask Madeline to show you what takes your interest at the next Birmingham Vintage Festival or have a look at her website

Grandma Chic

Apart from the fantastic name, Grandma Chic, this business is eco friendly!

A fashion and textiles graduate from Winchester School of Art, Sam Budgen set up Grandma Chic after interning with ethical fashion label From Somewhere. Inspiration is taken from vintage fashions, particularly 1930s and 40s and from the music and culture from that era.

Of course there is a nod to on  stylish Grandma! For more information see the website or come and visit the stall at Birmingham Vintage Festival on September 24th.

Dress Your Soul

Vintage with a twist.....

Another wonderful newcomer to the join the Birmingham Vintage Festival family, Dress Your Soul mix vintage with contemporary and old with new to create your own style, as they say 'from the soul'.

For more info, see their website or come and visit their stall at Birmingham Vintage Festival on 24th September

By Meeni

I love this blog post from Birmingham Vintage Fair favourite, Meeni. This past weekend has been very vintage! On Saturday I had a stand at the Birmingham Vintage Fair. The fair was a really relaxed event with an interesting mix of vintage, handmade, music and more. The fair was organised by the super talented Rickie Josen.

Here are just a few photos from the day including some of the other stands, Ghost Town Outfits, Emily Rose and Maria Wigley. For more see the flickr set by Keith Bloomfield (Hardluck Hotel). Read the rest on the Meeni blog

Birmingham Vintage Fair: the music

I’ve spent weeks looking; this is one area that I wouldn’t compromise. For me, to give BVF a festival vibe, the music had to be at the centre of it and not just any band but one that accentuated the 1970s vibe. In the last two months I have been to every gig early to catch the support bands. After contacting every promoter, band, radio presenter, music college and music fan, I have not one but two PERFECT bands. Read rest of article here

Birmingham Vintage Fair: photos

All the fun of the fair We were lucky enough to have five talented photographers at our first Birmingham Vintage Fair. If you'd like to use any of these photos, please credit the photographer accordingly:

For your enjoyment, just click on each link on the left hand side

Thank you to all our amazing photographers who completely captured the day for us all!

Birmingham Vintage Fair - post event review

The idea came when I became frustrated by the lack of an event to showcase local, creative talent and that gives these people an opportunity to sell their products. There are vintage fairs of course but they are just vintage. I love vintage but I also adore having lots of unique, quirky things in my house. I take great joy in finding something I want to buy and then find it’s created or sold by a local person. Read the article here

Live music

I am so glad I held out for the perfect band for our 70s vibe Birmingham Vintage Fair. I had a few offers but I wanted bands that had the genuine spirit of this colourful era. I’m so glad because I find not one but two perfect live acts:

Naked Remedy

First up on stage will be Naked Remedy who we are very lucky to see at BVF as they gig constantly. They’re at the Island Bar in Birmingham the night before if you’d like a sneak preview and then have a gig in Leicestershire that night.

Naked Remedy epitomise the sound of the event and are this year’s winner of ‘Carling Battle of the Bands’.

Dakesis

We leave Naked Remedy to pack and hit the road to East Midlands and prepare for the classic rock sound of Dakesis who will see us through the rest of the afternoon. The 5-piece progressive metal act will be adding a glam rock element to their set especially for the occasion. Despite their classic prog-rock roots, Dakesis add humour to produce a unique sound that is perfect for us on this Saturday afternoon.

1970s Vintage Walk

1970s Vintage Walk From Urban Coffee Co to Birmingham Vintage Fair in the Jewellery Quarter

To celebrate the Vintage Fair, walk your way to the 1970s with IAB Tours.

Meet at Urban Coffee Co, Church Street, grab a drink & take a stroll through Birmingham in the 1970s to get you in the mood for the fair

Saturday 25th June

30 minute tour through Jewellery Quarter with your very own Blue Badge Guide. Tickets just £4 (£3 in advance,) Tour departs 11.30. and 1pm. Other group tours by arrangement.

To book in advance contact Ian Braisby 07970 655261 or ian@iabtours.com

Birmingham Vintage Fair is from 11-5pm.

Meeni - Artist

Meeni aka artist Madeline Norris delights in using a variety of materials and working in different media. She loves using thrifted and vintage materials and reuses and recycles whenever possible but also likes to seek our special materials for particular projects. Madeline creates original paintings, collages3D works and knitted and sewn textile pieces.   She also makes jewellery incorporating her own handmade glass beads.

Come and see Madeline on 25th June.