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Gods Own Neon Junkyard


Chris Bracey has been the Neon Man for 37 years creating iconic artpieces for David La Chapelle, Martin Creed etc, and formed a cult following in London and Los Angeles. Chris has made, installed and collected signs that have appeared behind some of the greatest stars. Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut, Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Jack Nicholson in Batman are just a few that have appeared alongside the collection. When the film is rapped neons are discarded like yesterdays newspapers, unwanted, unloved. Chris has collected these neon and bulb icons and salvages old neons and architectural advertising from the streets before they disappear forever. Repaired and resurrected, coupled with quirky art and powered up to shine like jewels of light.

Gods Own JunkyardI was very sad to discover that unfortunately Gods Own Junkyard are being forced to leave their current premises by the council who want the land for development. When I went, scores of people were coming and going just to get a glimpse of this gem before it disappears.

Gods Own JunkyardDue to close and leave at the end of this week I highly recommend a visit to this treasure trove of bright lights and kitch slogans. For more information please visit the website –

Gods Own JunkyardFitting perfectly in with the heritage, fun feel and ethos of Saddlebag Trading Company we felt totally inspired to bring together these icons of pop culture.

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods own junk yard….where neon never dies.

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Art and Colour Inspiration

I thought I would share with you one of our many colour inspiration sources. Coming from a screen print background I am a huge fan of Bridget Riley’s graphic geometric works (although her’s are mind bendingly painted by hand and eye). To see these in their full size is to get sucked into their mind blowing vortex of colour combinations/ratios. Art and fashion often go hand in hand, but what makes arts use of colour exciting is that it has no boundaries and is totally subjective. What fashion can take from this is endless.

Bridget RileyHe who wishes to become a master of color must see, feel, and experience each individual color in its endless combinations with all other colors. (Johannes Itten)

What we try and visualise here is how do different ratios of colour work with each other. Colour evokes many feeling and emotions, and putting together combinations of colour adds a depth of suprise for the audience.

Bridget Riley