More paper toy making fun at Pick Me Up

Last Friday afternoon CR hosted a paper toy making workshop at the Pick Me Up graphic art fair currently running in Somerset House. It was so popular, we’ve been asked back again by the organisers to host some more paper toy-making fun…

Last Friday afternoon CR hosted a paper toy making workshop at the Pick Me Up graphic art fair currently running in Somerset House. It was so popular, we’ve been asked back again by the organisers to host some more paper toy-making fun…

After reading our feature on paper toys in the December 2011 issue of Creative Review (above), the organisers of Pick Me Up asked us if we could host a paper toy making workshop. We immediately got in touch with Tougui, the Paris-based illustrator who created a toy template specially for us to include in our December issue.

Although Tougui couldn’t make it in person to the workshop, he said he’d be delighted for his template to be used in the workshop so PMU had a couple of hundred templates printed, scored and kiss-cut so all the component parts of the toy could be pressed out rather than requiring fiddly use of a scissors or scalpel.

Last Friday afternoon we placed the templates, a few copies of our December issue with the paper toy feature in it, and a whole lot of Pritt Stick and colouring pencils and markers on a big table to see what would happen. Over 70 people of all ages came along and made and customised a toy over the course of the afternoon:

CR’s Gav will be back at Somerset House hosting another paper toy making workshop this Thursday from 11am through to 3pm in the event space at Pick Me Up. So if this looks like fun, come and get involved on Thursday!

Creative Review paper toy making workshop, Thursday March 29, 11am-3pm at Pick Me Up, Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA

somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/pick-me-up-2012

Our thanks to Tougui for providing the brilliant template design specially for us – and also to all the staff at Pick Me Up and everyone who came down and customised a Tougui toy. See more photos from the first workshop here

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