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Lipgloss and Lenses at MOSI – Is that Vintage?

Science and Industry and Lipgloss and Lenses – an interesting combination you might think. Lipgloss and Lenses are two of the exhibitors taking part in the Saddleworth Vintage and Handmade exhibit at MOSI on the 28th and 29th July. 

Saddleworth Vintage and Handmade are posing the questions of ‘What is Vintage?’ at the Faire, along with exhibiting a number of very interesting gadgetsand gizmos. In the last few years Vintage has definitely become a buzz word and a word that has been used as a trVintage Make-Overs and Photoshoots in Saddleworthend – but is it just a buzz? Is it a style that will be out of fashion by the end of the year? Clothing, jewellery, Wedding table dressings, flowers, bags, Wedding dresses and the list goes on. But is Vintage a style or is it more than that?

Living in Saddleworth, I am very used to seeing Yanks weekend come and go, with it’s procession of 1940′s dresses and suits, American Army Uniforms, tanks and music. The reason we have this celebration is because the film, YANKS, was partly filmed in the picturesque village of Dobcross in Saddleworth, and so appropriate remembrance is made each year in August.  Ask the average  Jo on the high street what Vintage is and the response will most likely be related to the display we see on this celebrated weekend.

Lipgloss and Lenses, myself and Lisa, formed as a business to encompass all things related to fashion and style – we come under the Vintage Umbrella as that is one of the eras that we cover, and thank fully a very popular one at the moment. We offer Make-Overs and Photoshoots both Vintage Inspired but with a definte modern twist in that the majority of our equipment is definitely modern and very digital.

Plans are afoot for showcasing other eras, but there’s only so much time for each. Lipgloss and Lenses is also in the process of moving to a new studio in the beautiful area of Saddleworth. Come to the MOSI Faire and find out where – and please come and share you thoughts on what you consider to be vintage. We will be recording the results both digitally and in a Vintage manner – come and find out how! 

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Mini Maker Faire MOSI

For the first time ever, Saddleworth Vintage  will be at the Manchester Mini Maker Faire at MOSI on the 28th & 29th July 2012, joining us will be Sy Randall photographic restoration expert to answer your questions.  Please bring along your old photo’s to discuss the process, and how to commission Sy on restoring your precious memories, or photographs of loved ones.

Saddleworth Vintage will have a stand posing the question what is vintage?  Sy Randall photography restorer adds ” Vintage is a big part of my life as it takes a place in my full working career. Being a professional photograph restorer I see the whole spectrum I spend my time taking vintage photographs from a damaged or faded state and bring the magic back so the photo will last for several more generations to come. As lets be honest a photograph is a moment in time frozen. Without photographs and film we would not have a clue how are fore fathers lived. So I think i am a vital part in keeping vintage alive.”

 Sy’s best vintage invention, on the wall of great vintage gadgets, has to be the camera obscura which led to the invention of the camera.
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Sadddleworth Vintage and Handmade Fair – Timelapse

Getting ready for the Fair – 3rd June 2012, Uppermill Civic Hall.

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Saddleworth Vintage and Handmade Fair

A few images from the fair yesterday at the Civic Hall in Uppermill as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Approximately 600 visitors, 25 plus in Vintage attire. Rain outside but a warm and friendly atmosphere inside with music supplied by David Lee ( Professional DJ). Thanks to Jude Gidney Photography and Lipgloss and Lenses for the images.


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Art, Retro, Vintage and Collectables…..

What more could we ask for? The next 4 exhibitors really get down to the nitty gritty of the Vintage and Creative  scene.

Victoria Ashworth, an internationally exhibited artist from neighbouring Mossley – exhibiting her original artwork. She is an artist that works with a great range of media – worth stopping and chatting about her travels abroad too. She works from a studio at the Woodend Mill in Mossley .

And as well as art Victoria has a business in the family selling collectibles -Ash Collectables selling silverware and Vintage products. A wealth of items to inspire and purchase.

Zenia Woman, aka Janine is a designer maker of kitch and retro jewellery- including pieces that are inspired by Alice in Wonderland and Old fashioned sweet shops. Got to be seen to be believed.

And we have another Vintage name, Victoria’s Wardrobe offering Vintage Clothing and Accessories. I’m hoping for a warm faux fur coat and no lions lurking in the background.


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Hearts, Crayons, Materials and Dresses…..

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The next 4 exhibitors at the fair are a wealth of Vintage lovelies. 

Although you may be mistaken for thinking that Vintage Attic is a business that sell items found in a loft, you’d be partially right. They actually offer Vintage one -off dresses made from original Vintage Patterns – yes sewing machines at the ready!

Loving the beautifully crafted hearts and home decorations offered by Sara Gartside – a designer that is reasonably well known in the area with samples displayed in both Betty’s Chip Shop and Delph Natural Health.

Handmade buttons, Vintage designer pieces and textile designs all offered by Realicoul and SewRealicoul – what a really cool name for a business!

Thinking of leaving the children at home – don’t worry , Neela Jackson from the Creation Station is on hand to keep your little people amused and busy, offering Jubilee crafts and Vintage creative play to keep them busy, especially when you’re ready for feet up and a cake.

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Buttons, Lanterns, Birthdays and Tiaras…

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Three more exhibitors on Sunday include handmade, handmade and more handmade items. Tea light holders, brooches and buttons, tiaras and combs, Thank you and Happy Birthday Cards. 

Muffin Ceramics are offering an array of handmade ceramic items, inspired by the colourful brash work of pop-art to the clean pure whiteness of porcelain. I believe there will be a hint of Jubilee in fired form on their table. Tea light holders, lanterns, brooches and rings to name but a few items they will be showing.

Made With Love Cards made by the hands of Katherine Brookes, who has recently been identified as a small business worth supporting by Theo Paphitis of  Dragon’s Den fame. She was asked to attend an award ceremony in Birmingham and was congratulated by the dragon himself. Come and meet her at the fair to find out more and to see her beautifully crafted and displayed cards – and I know she’s been creating in great numbers over the last few days to offer lacy and delicate  Vintage cards that you’ll never want to throw away.

Clare Ogden designs beautiful bridal headpieces and jewellery and has recently won awards for her work. She offers a bespoke service for her clients, so come and see her work and spend time chatting with her about your own needs. Getting married this or next year- Clare can help you with your own unique piece of jewellery.

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Hazelnuts, Revolvers and Stitches…

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Introducing three more of our exhibitors offering beautiful and creative cakes, Vintage clothing and Sewing and Embroidery skills that are rare to find. 

Hazelnut Bakery, are venturing from their bakery in Delph to join us. A new Bakery to the village but already wowing us with their creative and imaginative weekly themed cakes, pops and cupcakes. They are also known to offer the occasional cakey party and decorating skills workshops. Come to the fair and sample their baking – what the theme is this week is kept closely under wraps – come and see on Sunday!

Vintage Revolver, an online seller of Vintage clothes, housed in an old Mill on the outskirts of Stalybridge will be joining us and offering their clothes at cost effective prices. Come and grab a stylish bargain.

Maureen of Suprose Stitch, is an amazingly talented lady, with rare sewing skills that are the envy of many of us in this make do age. As well as beautiful embroidery she is also offering a dressmaking service for those Vintage patterns you may collect and fancy dress. She tells me she’ll also be displaying bunting and cushions all with a Vintage air.

Saddleworth Vintage and Handmade Fair – 10-4pm Sunday 3rd June Uppermill Civic Hall.

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Jubilee To Go With A Swing In Saddleworth

Jubilee celebrations in Saddleworth are sure to go with a swing thanks to ambitious plans for a vintage festival.

Central to the bank holiday weekend celebrations in June will be a 1950s themed Vintage and Handmade Fair showcasing the best in local vintage influenced designers, makers and manufacturers.

The event has been put together by local jewellery designer Samantha Mills, SJM Designs along with makeup artist Lisa Gee and photographer Jude Gidney, who together run a vintage pamper party business, Lipgloss and Lenses.

“The fair and the festival are about marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but more importantly they are about celebrating the wealth of creative talent we have in the region,” said Lisa. “In these times of economic hardship it is more important than ever that we support our local creative businesses.”

The fair, at Uppermill Civic Hall on June 3rd, is being promoted as an official event of Craft and Design Month. Key exhibitors already confirmed include internationally renowned Manchester jeweller Caroline Royal, Oldham Oxfam’s vintage collection and vintage reproduction clothing company Limb, based in Mossley.

Several exhibitors, including Delph’s Hazelnut Bakery, will be producing specially designed collections for the fair, influenced by the Jubilee and the 1950s. The fair will also feature a vintage tea room, run by and raising money for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

Additional events and entertainment are planned throughout Saddleworth during the weekend , which also features the famous Whit Friday band contests. A number of workshops will take place throughout the day at the fair, including vintage hair and makeup demonstrations by Lipgloss and Lenses. A website has been set up to promote the event,

Lisa added: “This is not just a one-off event. We hope to build up a network of local creative and vintage businesses so that we can all support each other. If the fair and the festival are a success we will look at making it an annual event.”


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For further information or to arrange photographs or interviews please contact Lisa Gee, festival press officer, on 07771 553535



Notes to Editors:


The fair and festival website is


Copies of the fair promotional photos are available by email from, or arrangements can be made for photographs to be taken. Additional information about the fair’s organisers can be found here: (Samantha MIlls) and (Lipgloss and Lenses)

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Cakes, Models and Restorations…

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The first three of our exhibitors at the Fair on the 3rd offer a wide range of services from yummy delicious cakes, miniature replicas of buildings and restorations of old or damaged photographs and images.

Hayley, from Rainbow Delicious Bakery, will be offering cake decorating demos on the day and we are told will have a surprise creation to wow us with – have you seen her famous Cookie Cones? They are a sight to behold.

Alan Tolfrey, Mossley Model Maker, is a genius at recreating any well love building or work place into a miniature replica to surprise and delight visitors. Come and see his creations, boxed as delicate to the touch although painstakingly put together by hand. Alan has told me that his recent model commission is one of a local school, and that children have been fascinated looking at it as though they are giants and seeing their learning centre from a bird’s eye view.

Symon Randall, Restor8 Design Solutions, has photoshop skills and the patience of a saint. Come and see his amazing work, and listen to the hours he spends in such delicate restorations. His interests lie in bringing images back to life from battered and damaged states, or simply just aged and yellowing. I’m personally hoping that he’ll bring his history line of photography with him. And he tells me he’s already got his Vintage outfit sorted for the day – roll on the 3rd!

So put the date in your diary – 3rd June, Uppermill Civic Hall. 10-4pm. Looking forward to seeing you there.

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