Pick Me Up 2014 opens at Somerset House

Graphic art fair Pick Me Up opened at London’s Somerset House last night. As usual, there’s far too much work on show to capture in a single blog post but here’s a few of the projects that caught our eye…

Graphic art fair Pick Me Up opened at London’s Somerset House last night. As usual, there’s far too much on show to cover in a single blog post, but here’s a look at a few things that caught our eye…

This year’s event is open until May 5. Part exhibition, part craft fair, it features work by both new and established artists and the programme includes daily workshops and demonstrations.

Downstairs is a gallery showcasing work from this year’s Selects, four of which – Carine Brancowitz, Lynnie Zulu, Ed Cheverton and Thibaud Herem – were featured in our February illustration issue.

Herem’s work includes a beautifully detailed drawing of St Pancras station, while Cheverton’s display features some charming 3D jazz figures:

There’s also a striking display by Linda Linko, some lovely lettering from Hey Studio and a series of paintings by Camberwell graduate Alice Tye:



As well as colourful displays from Billy (Alex Godwin), Jessica Daas and Annu Kilpeläinen.

Upstairs is a range of installations from collectives including a group of creatives from football website The Illustrated Game, whose display includes a custom foosball table, a matchday programme hut and a range of illustrated football zines and prints.



Camberwell collective Olio’s installation, Build, includes a drawing corner and a selection of prints and 3D items, including ceramics, t-shirts, mugs and a tool set:



And Letterproeftuin are demonstrating their mobile print shop The Smallest Printing Company, allowing guests to make their own cards.

I also liked Lana Hughes, Margaux Carpentier and Rory Elphick’s colourful Animaux Circus display, which includes a selection of animal themed prints and tropical signs to paint, as well as The Artomatic – a twist on the traditional passport photobooth in which visitors step inside and are given an anonymous artwork instead of a photo:



Also upstairs are a series of rooms showcasing work from illustration agencies and galleries: Outline Artists‘ display includes fabric designs for Heal’s (below, by Hvass & Hannibal), some new prints by Ed Monaghan, also one of Pick Me Up’s Selects this year, and some beautiful artwork from Kristjana Williams. Jessica Daas has also created a jungle-themed print and mural:



Handsome Frank’s features prints by Malika Favre and Jean Jullien (see his Thugs print, below), and this monochrome rug by Lesley Barnes, which will set you back around £950:



And one of my favourite items in Brighton gallery Unlimited’s showcase was this three colour alphabet by Steve Wilson, which is on sale as a print and on individual postcards:



Beach London’s display includes work from Malarky, crosstitch by Pete Fowler, spherical drawings by James Jarvis and prints depicting scenes from ustwo’s beautifully designed app, Monument Valley.



Other interesting objects for sale include I Am Acrylic’s island-themed jewellery and mini sculptures, Jack Hudson’s practical sculptures and Malarky’s take on porcelain dogs:



There’s plenty more to see, too and a range of one-off events such as a Cut & Paste workshop with Anthony Burrill, a blind drawing session with Sarah Maycock and an interactive game run by graphic artist Melvin Galapon and choreographers Marquez & Zangs.

Blink Ink directors will also be hosting talks and screenings this weekend, and discussing animations techniques and ads for Cravendale and John Lewis. For details, see somersethouse.org

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