Products featuring “ironic” 1950s housewives aren’t anything special and in most cases the joke has worn pretty thin, but Emma Pyrah’s “1950s Housewives” Collage are a different matter.
The retro housewives are depicted doing their chores set against a black & white background. On closer inspection, the women’s bodies are actually made up of images cut frommagazines and advertisements. There are several different designs to chose from, but they all cost £45.
Visit Henhouse Interiors to see the whole collection.
We're not going to pretend these are cheap, but if you have money to invest and want to invest it in art, Sir Peter Blake has two new limited edition prints on the market – Vera Puzzle and 24 Flags.
Both are part of his 'Found Art' series, as well as as being giclee prints with a silkscreen glaze and in a signed limited edition of just 25 of each. The flags one, as you can see, is a collage of Union Jack images, while the Vera Puzzle artwork, which is pictured over the page, is inspired by vintage Mickey Mouse imagery.
Both are sized at 36 x 42 inches and both are available now for £2,500 each.
Find out more at the Opus Art Gallery website
What's black and white and re(a)d all over? One possible answer is this collage cushion from Bonjour Mon Coussin.
The cushion is decorated with newsprint, advertising and images of consumer goods dating from the late '50s and early '60s. Being a French company, the text is all in French – surely only adding to the glamour. We've featured some of Bonjour Mon Coussin's designs before which tend to have more attitude than the usual cushion. This design is no exception as the colour scheme of black, white and – yes – red adds to the striking look.
The cushion costs 34 Euros
Buy it online
We're always happy to see a new set of screenprints by Sir Peter Blake, with the latest one going by the name of the Vichy series.
It's back to the collages for Blake, with the series including The Butterfly Man, Horseshow and our favourite pictured above, A Convention of Comic Book Characters. It is just that, including the likes of Dennis the Menace, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck, Charlie Brown, Linus, Desperate Dan, Lord Snooty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Invisible Man (if you can see him), Green Goblin and many more.
This particular print is in an edition of 125, sized at 393mm x 380mm and as you would expect, signed and numbered by the artist. Not cheap at £1,750, but Blake prints, especially ones based on popular culture, are always a good investment.
Find out more at the Opus Art website
Via Switched On Art
If you want some vintage-inspired, reasonably priced artwork for your home, take a look at the Violet May collages, available from All Things Original.
The collages are the work of photographer Cassia Beck whose work we've previously featured on this site. She uses her own pictures and combines them with retro images taken from the pages of vintage magazine and coloured paper. The result is charming, dream-like pieces that are sure to add a pretty touch to a room.
The best news is that all the collages are currently on sale for £15.
See them online
Not so long ago we featured the kitsch Kit wallpaper by Studio Nommo, with its retro food packaging pattern. Here's another equally off-the-wall design from the same people, the Damping wallpaper.
The wallpaper has a montage effect illustration, showing a couple of cheery people and a whole load of retro technology – from a TV and a phone to a computer and camera. In fact, its montage effect and its characters' pride in consumer goods creates an effect not dissimilar to Richard Hamilton's famous 'Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing' collage.
Its design certainly makes it different from the average wallpaper and this is reflected in the price of 65 euros per square metre.
See it on the Studio Nommo website