Archives February 2013 - retrotempo

Retro Cycled Kinetic Art Machine

Retro Cycling at the Kinetica Art Fair 2013

Kinetic Art is a rapidly expanding design discipline.  The link to retro design is that often the artists are inspired to recycle everyday items to make modern and contemporary works of art. This is a process called Retro Cycling.  This from the organisers: See Retro Cycled Designs “The Kinetica Art Fair, one of London’s annual landmark art exhibitions and a permanent fixture in the Art Fair... »

When Retro becomes Retro?

When Retro becomes Retro?

In 1983, Tracey Ullman released an album called “You broke my heart in 17 places”. It featured many songs from the 60s and 70s re-worked with a contemporary 80s feel. The album cover itself was a design throw back to the 60s. Songs such as “Bobby’s Girl” and “Move Over Darling” by  Doris Day were obvious retro material. But covers of Kirsty MacColl tracks, such as the title track and the bes... »

Original Oxford Bags

Retro Style 1970s Oxford Bags

Retro Style – 1970s Do you recall the first item of clothing you bought for yourself just because it was fashionable rather than practical?  In my case, it was a pair of tartan “Oxford Bags”.  Of course, I’d worn items previously, that would have been  be regarded fashionable that would  now have a certain Retro Style.  But these had been bought by a parent.  For example, I’d worn a short ta... »

Retro Colours and Colour Combinations

Retro Colours and Colour Combinations

Truism of the day: “Fashions change”.   That is the whole point of fashion.  But there are certain colours or colour combinations that say retro 70s or retro 80s to me.  The same can be said for certain retro colours and  combinations from the 50s, 60s and 90s.  In reality, I accept that almost every other colour combination was used somewhere in retro design, so this is perhaps not an attempt to ... »