Orinoco & Bungo
art – hair – shop
Hello and welcome to O + B!
I am the owner, the artist, and the hair stylist and I thank you for visiting my store virtually or in person.
All art displayed in my store and online is created by me in my signature pop art style inspired by fashion icons, musicians and comtempary pop culture. With a desire to minimise waste I have recently moved from arylic/ oil painting on large canvasses into mixed media digital painting which allows for varying sizes and the final production of my artwork at the point of sale only. Producing a smaller quantity of traditional paintings, the body of my portfolio is now mixed media using digital techniques. My aim as an artist is to produce a wide variety of artworks that give you the customer, more choice in the final production, including size, and framing, on fabric or on canvas. This flexibility creates limitless options for creating custom art or textiles specifically to suit your personal taste and style, without overproduction.
The Store Name
Orinoco and Bungo ( O + B) are two characters from the early 1970’s books and TV show the Wombles of Wimbledon that were originally based upon the original writer’s own children. Orinoco is clever, but tends to be a bit lazy and loves to sleep and eat, although he also enjoys an adventure. He has a calm nature and will not overreact needlessly so he sometimes misses the enormity of a situation, but his motives are always innocent. Orinoco might get caught up in a challenging situation and his low- key persona means he relies on others to get him out of tricky dilemmas. Bungo on the other hand is excitable and rather bossy and can be quite obnoxious and at times always thinking he is right even if he’s wrong. Bungo loves to take the mickey out of Orinoco and is great at being a prankster often to the annoyance of Orinoco. Bungo although mischievous, is a loveable and vivacious character loved by all. Orinoco and Bungo’s differences bond them together as they are the best of friends.
The seven best-known Wombles appear throughout most of the books and TV programmes:
- Great Uncle Bulgaria (old and wise – his full name is Bulgaria Coburg Womble)
- Tobermory (handyman)
- Madame Cholet (chef)
- Orinoco (lazy and greedy)
- Wellington (clever and shy)
- Tomsk (sporty and strong)
- Bungo (bossy and excitable)
These characters bring up fond and nostalgic memories of my childhood and the joy bought to me by the show at the age of around 4 years old. Orinoco was my favourite childhood character so my store name and ethos was born. Welcome to Orinoco & Bungo……!
The Wombles found their place in history books in the 1970’s as furry cute critters terribly afraid of humans that scurried away into their earth burrow after taking humans rubbish from Wimbledon Common and re-inventing human rubbish into new products. This theme of reinventing human waste makes the show even more profound given the state of our earth some 50 years later. In today’s throw-away society the meaning of originality in art and personal style really resonates with me. Original style & art holds its place in the history books much like movies and TV shows like The Wombles. Picture your hair style from the 1980’s and although we might cringe a little, I am sure a smile quickly replaces that frown, as fond and nostalgic memories link your hairstyle to your past, as does that music poster in your teenage bedroom or your first fold out record cover from the 1970’s….!
Our art and hair creations take cues and inspiration from past eras, music, fashion and the popular culture. The shop pays homage to these themes adorned by my own pop art style artwork. Visit my creative hub and add some artistc flair to your life with our innovative signature style…
Orinoco & Bungo is on a mission inspired by the Wombles to be innovative, unique, original! Our shop items and suppliers are carefully chosen to represent our mission, stocking only items which are earth friendly, genuine quality, ethically made, innovative, unique and original.