Birmingham Vintage Festival
Last Saturday I took a day out to go visit the BirminghamVintage Festival, which was taking place at the Jewelery Quarter in Birmingham.
Rickie Josen, whom I have mentioned before, is an organizer of many events in the city, including the Birmingham Writers Club and Jelly, an entrepreneur’s networking morning.
She had gathered together, in one urban space, clothes designers, artists, photographers, baristas and bakers alike.
By the time I got there I was starving so my first call was Chitty’s Cupcake company’s stall. Rebecca Chitty has been supplying cakes to Birmingham’s hungry residents for quite some time now and her cake decorating classes have been a huge success. For more details, check out her website.
While I was still licking the icing off my fingers I browsed through the art stall. Art Angel sells framed sketches of the 1940-1960 period. Marie Nemeth, originally from Rochdale, has a BA in fine art and made her name with small, simple sketches of film stars and celebrities of yesteryear.
Nearby Keith Bloomfield was snapping away with the biggest camera I have ever seen. However, he said it only came out on special occasions. His preferred camera of choice these days was his iphone! Quite remarkable how mobile technology has become the choice of everybody these days. To see more of his video art check out his website here.
Further back Bianca Rosa had a stall full of curiosities, jewels and gloves of all kinds. They also do parties at Asha’s restaurant.
Last on my list were the lovely ladies of Dress Your Soul. These fashionistas had stalls and rails full of dresses, furs, coats, hats and cushions. All in ornate and pristine condition. They liked to pick their items to sell by hand. Also they had a good eye for future fashions and their astute eye for next season’s ‘must have’ item has served them well.
For the kids there was also face painting, courtesy of Midlands Face Painting.
Finally I caught up with Rickie Josen herself for a coffee and a chat about how it all came about.
I wanted something to happen in the Jewellery Quarter – on my doorstep, that highlighted the creativity and talent we have here. I’m aware of some ever increasing great Vintage events in the city but a lot of traders come from out of town. I want something that is predominantly West Midlands based, an event that promotes local traders and helps them succeed.
With BVF, my hope is that small businesses excel with repeat business and to this end I urge them to have their name displayed, have flyers and cards and generally let people know they have a lot to offer.
In addition to creating revenues for our local fledgling businesses, I want every man, woman and child to have a wonderful afternoon that takes them to a bygone era and the music theme plays a big part in this.