PICK ME UP EXHIBITION IS A CREATIVE FEAST!
Posted By Peppermint Soda
Pick Me Up is London’s original contemporary graphic art festival, showcasing the best illustrators, graphic novelists, cartoonists and graphic designers from around the world. Put simply, it’s an extravaganza for the eyes.
Somerset House was a hive of activity over the bank holiday, with more (balloon) Pugs than people, great beards, checked shirts, thick-rimmed glasses and over-priced, tiny sandwiches – London at its best!
It pulled in the crowds and rightly so. The work was not only impressive and varied, it really kept you on your toes visually. Commercial artists were fused together under one roof to create an inspiring feast. I really enjoyed Beach, Unlimited, Handsome Frank, Outline Artists on the mezzanine floor and I have to say Kristjana S Williams was my favourite from Outline Artists. Her exotic creatures really stood out; in a word, gorgeous. In fact, Outline Artists’ entire jungle-themed room was a delight and it was hard not to buy some of the limited edition prints. Fortunately, the room was so popular I couldn’t get close enough to lose all willpower and indulge.
Pick Me Up caters brilliantly for kids and adults, with loads of activity areas to screen print your own badges and signs, or hand-make cat masks or balloon Pugs (areas that at times had more adult participation than kids!). This exhibition is a great creative environment, where everyone can contribute. But, a word to the wise, turn up hungry for inspiration, not food. Seriously, the sandwiches are tiny.