Have we already mentioned how much we LOVE Pick Me Up? No?! This year was the fourth time the show has run at Somerset House in London and also our fourth annual visit....and quite possible the BIGGEST AND BEST PICK ME UP SO FAR! If you're unfamiliar, Pick Me Up is a graphic arts festival which runs for 2 weeks each year and showcases the most incredible design and illustration work by individuals and collectives. Also as I said in my previous post, Pick Me Up is also one of the main catalysts which caused us to start working together, teach ourselves to screenprint and create hello DODO! So it definitely has a special place in our hearts. But I shall stop talking and get to the pictures as I took about a billion (took HOURS to edit them!) I tried REALLy hard to make notes of all of the artist's names but if I have missed any that you want to know about just ask and I'll try to figure it out! We'll start off with the Pick Me Up Selects which is the first section of the show where up and coming individual talent is showcased...
The first thing you see when you walk in is Brighton graduate Tom Edwards's wild and domestic cats!
MaricorMaricar's stitched illustrations made us giggle! They are twins from Sydney, Australia.
Daniel Frost was one of our ULTIMATE faves! We really loved his colours and there was so much going on in what at first appear to be quite simple paintings. His miniatures were also AWESOME...
More Daniel Frost (above)
Even more Daniel Frost (above again)
LOVED this jungle scene from Ping Zhu!
Playful work by Jean Jullien
Gorgeous magical illustrations by You Byun
Crazy bright graphic work (and Eighties toys!) from Rob Flowers
A (very) naughty and totally mesmerising Kama Sutra Alphabet by one of our favourite designers and printmakers Malika Favre. Smitten!
Malika Favre close up!
Another of our most favourite of faves was the work by Sarah Vanbelle - LOVE LOVE LOVE!!
You might recognise the work of Malarky if you've ever walked around East London when the shops have their shutters down...
This stunning screenprint (yep it's a screenprint!) is by Stuart Patience
Yummy neon by Anna Lomax
William Goldsmith - love the tortoise!
Was surprising but nice to see Lazy Oaf!
Crazy things happening in the Print Club London room
Day Job was one of our favourite collectives! LOVELY work!
Risograph goodness from Day Job
Pick Me Up regulars Nelly Duff
UNBELIEVABLE three colour screenprint in the Nelly Duff room....these vase prints were HUGE.
Fatherless Print Posse were doing live screenprinting of CRAZY layered design!
All sorts of things you can get involved with at Pick Me Up!
Brothers of the Stripe collective - love this by Will Scobie
LOVE the Handsome Frank room! Soooooo varied and amazing. Sarah Maycock's HUGE dog watercolours were somehow amazingly simple and crazily lifelike at the same time. She was also one of our faves from last years Pick Me Up selects.
More magic from Malika Favre in the Handsome Frank room (above)
ARE YOU STILL WITH ME?! Honestly, this is the WELL edited version...
We were SOOOOOO excited that Brighton's very own Unlimited Edition's had their own space this year and it was AWESOME! It was also nice as so many of the artists they represent are our faves...
Imeus Design (above two screenprints) is one of our heroes!
More fabulous and familiar screenprinters in the Unlimited room - Popcorny and Hello Marine.
Every year at Pick Me Up the Soma Gallery space blows our minds and this year was no exception! Plus another chance to see even more of our favourite screenprinters - Peskimo (top left design) who we adore and a firm fave of ours Hazel Nicholls who is new to Soma (bottom two prints). We also giggled a lot at Nicholas John Frith's 'Who you calling Platy-Pussy?"
Ok! I'm forcing myself to stop cos I'm going a bit cross-eyed! But seriously, this is barely even HALF of the awesomeness that is Pick Me Up! If you haven't been able to visit this year (it ends Sunday) then DEFINITELY put it in your diary for next year!!!