Retro Space-Age Cantaloupe
Chrissy Levett is obsessed with fruit stickers. She’s willing to be chased down streets for them. She can’t travel abroad without detours to local shops. She’ll often return home from missions with new finds stuck halfway up her arm. Which is perverse because, as she’s the first to admit, fruits stickers are pretty much designed for the bin. But as the following soundbites from Chrissy show, even bin-destined objects can take on great personal value to a collector.
‘My collection started thirty years ago. I stuck a Jaffa sticker in my exercise book and I was hooked. Mike Melon’s from Australia is probably one of the most memorable stickers from the early days’.
‘I’m an obsessive collector. I keep them in a large book in no particular order. I may do a bit of stickering once or twice a month and look through them, sharing my obsession with folk from work or friends
who come to my home. It feels incredibly nerdy but I don’t care one bit’.
‘The best place for hunting new stickers is markets, especially abroad. The Middle East has ones with the most bling. I couldn’t possibly buy all the fruit that the stickers are attached to, so I tend to peel them off and make a dash for it. I was in Singapore once, and a shop owner caught me. He dragged me by the hair, back to the shop and made me pay for the fruit. I remember the sticker; it was a pink heart. I just had to have it’.
‘My best ever find is a tiny metallic oval shaped sticker with a beautifully drawn Saint Nick holding a single Satsuma with a single leaf; its enchanting. Then there’s a melon sticker from
Spain with a German Shepherd dog on it. And a retro space-age cantaloupe sticker printed in bright orange and blue on fabric’.
Co‘To me, they are tiny little works of art – graphic gems, every font, every colour, badly printed on sub-straights. They have humour and history, they are international and best of all, they take up very little space’.
Chrissy Levett is Creative Director at LFH
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