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All the Fun of the Fair

A few Sundays back, Nina Fowler Print packed up and headed over to Brick Lane for the annual Art Car Boot Fair.

After a drizzly start, the grey clouds soon lifted and we were able to unpack all our goodies, including prints, posters and postcards of Nina’s artwork.

This was Nina’s fourth Art Car Boot Fair (last year we went to Brick Lane, Liverpool and Folkestone), but the event is now over a decade old. The first was held in London back in 2004 and was organised by Karen Ashton. Since then, Karen and her sister Helen Hayward have worked hard to grow the event and turn it into a regular fixture on the calendar.

The fair’s main focus is offering very affordable works that can be bought directly from the artist. Some household names were involved in this year’s event, including Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk, and Bob and Roberta Smith.

Over the years, the Art Car Boot Fair has gained a reputation for being a lively event where artists can have a bit of fun and let their hair down. Last year, Nina’s pitch drew plenty of attention with a Polaroid Booth, where people could pose for a snap with a cardboard cutout from a choice of 20th century icons, including Joan Crawford and a seductive-looking Elvis Presley.

Event organiser Karen said: “I first came across Nina’s work when a mutual friend gave me one of her posters as a birthday present. I loved it and was thrilled to come across her work at an art fair a few weeks later and immediately invited her to take part in the Art Car Boot Fair. She came up with a fantastic idea called Polaroid Embraces. Like her art, she produces everything so beautifully and it all has a touch of old fashioned glamour about it!”

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Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine) couldn’t resist a snap with Joan Crawford

This year, the event was given the theme ‘The Year of the Dog’. From dog portraits painted on vinyl records to felted faux-taxidermy, the participating artists each interpreted the brief in their own unique way. And of course, there were plenty of pups in attendance too!

Nina Fowler Print got on-board with a fun competition called ‘Guess the Canine’s Co-star’. To win Nina’s prints and posters, we asked people to guess the name of the famous actor (carefully fuzzed over, as you can see below) posing with a pooch. Plenty of Hollywood A-listers from Nina’s artwork kindly lent their services, including Marlene Dietrich, Clark Gable and Buster Keaton.

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Of course, the Art Car Boot Fair is popular with modern celebrities too, and this year, several famous faces were spotted including Mighty Boosh duo Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, as well as Damien Hirst (going incognito in sunglasses and a hat!)

If you missed the fun last weekend, or fancy grabbing another bargain, be sure to check out the next fair, which takes place on 30 August at Turner Contemporary in Margate.

 

 

 

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