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Introducing... Switched On Art


Yes, we have another site on the go, although we're keeping Switched On Art fairly low-key for now.

The idea of Switched On Art is to feature anything interesting art-related, new art, new prints, related merchandise, gallery showing, books - you know the kind of thing. It'll be updated as when we find items worth featuring and will be written by real people for real people. None of that art snobbery here. There will also be an emphasis on new and affordable artwork too, as opposed to the highly-priced gallery works - art we can all afford or aspire to, in other words.

Check it out via the link below and feel free to add to your feed readers (no daily email as yet for this site). And if you want to know more or want to recommend something to feature, you can email the site at

Switched On Art website

V&A Museum of Childhood celebrates the decade that taste forgot


If you are in east London tonight, you may be interesting in spending your evening at the V&A Museum of Childhood  who are celebrating 'the decade that taste forgot': the seventies. In an event that is aimed at adults, rather than kids, they'll be taking tours around the museum highlighting popular toys of the decade (pictured here is a weeble from the museum's collection), as well as offering the chance to play some classic board games or make a scoubidou keyring amongst many other activities. There will also be a bar to help you regress.

This evening is being run as part of 'First Thursdays' which offers late night art openings around east London, on, strangely enough, the first Thursday of each month. This evening runs from 6pm until 9pm and is free.

Find out more from the Museum of Childhood website

Affordable Vintage Fashion Fair

Vintage Fair

It's been mentioned on this site before but the Affordable Vintage Fashion Fairis back on its travels again. London dwellers will be delighted to hear that this time they've expanded their route to include a stop-off in the capital. The fair is very much aimed at the budget conscious and includes over 40 stalls of vintage fashion dating from the 1940s up to the 1980s.

The London fair is taking place at the Fym Fyg bar on Cambridge Heath Road on 4th April. As part of the event, Lady Luck Rules OK are hosting a 'Pop-Up Tea Shoppe' where each tea table will be styled around a particular decade. In addition, there will be a Kilo stall where clothes can be bought by weight, rather than per item. It all sounds great value for a £2 entry fee.

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Jumble and Pearls monthly event, London N1 - Saturday 4th April


Jumble sales and car boots can turn up some vintage gems, once in a while, but only if you're willing to invest some rather dull hours. Jumble and Pearls are providing something of an antedote to trudging round village halls with their monthly shopping event.

Featuring a range of clothing that's vintage, designer and high street stuff, shopping is soundtracked by lounge DJs all day. There's also a chance to socialise while you shop with cocktails and cuppas on offer.

Jumble and Pearls is on Saturday 4th April at Albert and Pearl, 181 Upper Street, Islington, N1 from noon until 5 pm. Entry is absolutely free. It's also on every Saturday of the month from then on.

Check out their Facebook page for details and updates

Switched On Set returns


Well, due to lack of time, we've not been able up update Switched On Set quite as much as we'd like - although from this week, that's all changing.

Thanks to a new writer and a bit more spare time, Switched On Set will now be updated every single weekday (just like this site in fact), so if you want a mix of art, design, interiors and the odd bit of cutting-edge technology, plus much more besides (including the Eero Aarnio Flat Lamp above), get the site added to your feed reader, subscribe to the daily mailout or just make a point of visiting the site each weekday.

Switched On Set website

Rumble In The Jumble at Manchester's Deaf Institute - Thursday 12th March


For Manchester dwellers there's no shortage of vintage purveyors to choose from, but the prices can often limit the appeal of many. If you're in the market for a vintage bargain, get yourself down to Rumble In The Jumble tomorrow.

Selling clothing, crafts and design pieces, this might require some rummaging for the best finds. The prices promise to ensure it's worth the effort, though, with many items starting from just £2. The sellers recommend getting down to The Deaf Institute early, with doors opening at 11.30 and shutting at 6.

Find out more from the Rumble In The Jumble facebook page


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