Posted on 5:50pm Thursday 10th Oct 2013
My brain works in pictures. Most probably because hands up, I was a lazy kid when it came to reading. My poor parents tried ever so hard to get me to sit down with a good book but I was always far too busy building a den, playing florists with my brother (not your usual make believe game – poor boy!), making slime out of potions & lotions found in the bathroom cabinet or recklessly sliding down the stairs on the sofa bed mattress. At school I was always more comfortable with a pot of paint or stick of charcoal in my hand. Instructions similar to “Read the next five chapters of Adam Bede before Monday’s class” would always fill me with dread. Images are easier for me to process, I respond to them quicker, they stay with me for longer.
It’s probably one of the reasons why I love what I do; each object I bring home to Dotty P HQ is a snapshot from history. Give it a good scrub & a little TLC, repurpose it & house it alongside a few fresh friends & you create a whole new picture in time.
(Demonstrated perfectly by a fave place of mine - Birdhouse Cafe in Battersea)
Like many people the use of Instagram has become a daily obsession. I can capture things along the way that satisfy my interests, make me smile, inspire or entice me.
Over the past few months I’ve seen fantastic murals in the most unlikely of places…
…the girls’ loo, accompanied by some rocking lighting!
There’s been flying fish…
And big friendly giant feet…
A down right dirty dive bar that found its softer side…
A not so terrifying fellow…
And a new & very welcome visitor…
You can find the finest of things in the most unassuming of places it’s just about looking. Words may never be my strong point (I promise mum I’ll work on that), but if snapshots of colour, quirks & curios remain a firm friend then I think I’ll be A OK.
Posted on 5:02pm Saturday 2nd Feb 2013
Back in November I moved Dotty Pigeon in to a space at Northcote Road Antiques Market. Established over 20 years ago, it is one of the few indoor Antiques Emporia in London still going strong. This Clapham shopping destination is home to over twenty five traders all with a distinct style & stock that changes daily. It’s an Aladdin’s Cave of a place & to describe its contents as eclectic would be an understatement!
I’ve only been at Northcote for a few months but I’ve already fallen in love with the place – it’s unbelievably unique & full of character. It’s extra special to me because my mum started her career in antiques here at Northcote when she was my age. In fact, she had exactly the same spot that Dotty P now nests in - the first you come across on the mezzanine balcony. A spooky but heart-warming coincidence.
You can get to know the market by visiting www.northcoteroadantiques.co.uk - The site will tell you all about the stallholders. Plus there's lots of pics of the antique & vintage items that can be found in store.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!