Pick Me Up 2016

Art, Exhibitions, Inspiration, Life

Hello world! It feels nice to have something to blog about again, seeing as I’ve been a total hermit since suffering with an ear infection for the last two weeks and counting. I finally ventured out to London to attend this year’s ‘Pick Me Up’ art fair at Somerset House. I missed the exhibition last year, so was excited to experience the art work and live workshops as well as gander at the beautiful pieces on sale.  

The first thing I felt when entering PMU was jealousy. I’d love to have something to display, I hardly do any illustration any more as I just don’t really have the time. I’m lucky I get to be creative while designing at work – but I doubt anyone would go to an exhibition of my Kardashian layouts! I really liked some of the styles being displayed, the illustration work at PMU is always very strong. Pottery seemed very popular this year, and there was even a workshop going on where you could make your own. Alan Kitching hosted a special screen printing display along side a large collection of his typography work. As always there was loads to buy – I loved Beach London‘s stall, that included an amazing ‘BORT’ license plate, and an awesome chicken shop logo print.

Compared to when I went to PMU in 2014, it seemed that this year there was definitely a lot less art being shown, and more emphasis on the pop up shops inside, selling bits and bobs. This was a bit of a shame, as we cruised through the exhibition in less than 45 minutes, leaving us left a tad unsatisfied. I’d still recommend PMU for fun art fix, but don’t expect to be there all day! 

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2014 mega fun stuff so far.

Art, Exhibitions, Fashion, Inspiration, Life

Lazy Oaf Garfield Collection //launch night. Thanks to my lovely friend Emily at Lazy Oaf, I went along to the launch night of their Garfield collaboration a couple of months ago. I am such a huge Lazy Oaf fan and after last year’s Looney Tunes collab launch I was so excited to attend this event. Hoxton’s arches were transformed into a real life look-book, with models posing on colourful sets, while we walked around and admiring the collection (and of course the models themselves). Lazy Oaf always go out of their way to create such quirky and fun events and this one was no different. I don’t know how the models managed to keep a straight face with us gawking at them and taking photos, but it was really such a unique idea which only L.O could pull off so well. Around the corner from these live sets were the booze & shop area where you could browse and buy the Garfield collection as well as grab a cocktail and a mini lasagne or cat shaped pancake from the good people of The Breakfast Club. It was a really fun night and I can’t wait for the next one.

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New Designers 2014//exhibition. One of my best friends was picked to be a part of the New Designers Exhibition this year. I’ve never been before, but was blown away when I got there. Students from different Universities got to display their work to potential employers, buyers and manufacturers to private collectors and design enthusiasts. It was so much fun walking around looking at everyone’s work (I’m nosy like that) and made me pine for my art school days. I especially liked some of the illustration work, as it reminded me of our Illustration Exhibition back when I was at Camberwell.. good times. My friend was showing her rebrand of the lingerie line ‘Belle’, and acted like a proud mum, making her pose in front of her stand for cringe photos. There were also interactive pieces where you were encouraged to take part to create the art – we liked colouring in the drawing box, and there was a piece that was only visible once you used a hairdryer on it. I did envy all the students, as back when I was at Uni I hadn’t even heard of this event, and there were awards given out with such prizes up to £1000, as well as an internship at Sky! Pfft.. (that’s me being jealous). All in all it was really fun and interesting, and there’s no doubt some of the people there are going to go on to big things.

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Pick Me Up//art fair. Every year I say I’ll go to Pick Me Up, so this year I finally made the journey to Somerset House. The exhibition was huge with so much to look at (I must have taken a few hundred photos) and I was in awe of some of the pieces on display. Don’t get me wrong, I did have a few ‘I could do that’ moments looking around, but on a whole the quality of work was brilliant, and I came away wanting to go back and re-do my Graphics degree. I especially liked the work which was on show in individual rooms, which themselves had been designed and curated to suit the work displayed (check out my pic of the beaut palm leaf wall – flat inspo or what). We also took part in a drawing workshop where they played different music on loop and you could design your own record sleeve.. ours were awful and instead of taking our photo with them for the Pick Me Up Instagram page, we quickly ran away when the organisers weren’t looking. Smooth. We had a lot of fun and I definitely came away feeling inspired. And again, wishing I was back at art school.

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Martin Creed//exhibition. Earlier this year I was suddenly seeing all these photos on social media of what seemed like people drowning in a sea of balloons, and was determined to get involved. This ‘balloon room’ was a part of the Martin Creed exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, and was exactly that – a room filled to the brim with white balloons, that you could go run around in… for no reason other than it was fun. And fun it was! Except from the occasional near heart attacks I suffered whenever a balloon would accidentally pop, it was an amazing experience, and when else are you going to get to be in a situation like this?! You are in the balloon room with other people, so it was a bit dangerous to be running around when you could suddenly be smacked in the face by a stranger with the same idea – but this kind of added to the fun. As the exhibition had been open for a while when we went, the balloons seemed to have picked up a lot of stray hairs, which was slightly disgusting, so we tried to run away from the more hairy balloons. Downstairs from the balloon room there were lots of other ‘art works’ by Creed on display. I use the term ‘art works’ lightly as they were made up of among other things, a fart machine going off on loop, a door opening and closing, bits of paper scrunched up and random cardboard boxes stacked on top of each other. OH and a special screening room showing a film of a woman doing a poop. Oh Martin, you so cray-zee. It was such a fun exhibition to go to, and if it ever makes another appearance I will be first in line.

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Monthly Inspo – July

Fashion, Inspiration, Life

So after a fun filled Sunday morning of homeware shopping (I am now the proud owner of a drying rack..), I headed over to my friend Robyn’s to hang out for the afternoon. Singing along to numerous a cappella groups on youtube at the top of our lungs, *cough Pentatonix cough* amongst other things, Rob asked me if I’d ever heard of ‘Winnie Harlow’, of who I hadn’t, and I’m bloody glad she asked. After scrolling through every one of Winnie’s Instagram pics, I am now a woman obsessed. And I’m sure you will be too. Winnie (also known as Chantelle Young) is soon to be on the next season of America’s Next Top Model and I think that after her exposure when the show is aired, she will blow up and become one of the biggest names in the modelling biz.

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If you haven’t already guessed which one of these posers I’m talking about, (Side note: why does Tyra always look so MENTAL..?) Winnie is the 5th beauty from the left, with the skin condition Vitiligo. Vitiligo is a condition where there is loss of skin pigmentation – causing white patches to appear on your skin. These patches can grow and change shape and things such as sun exposure can speed up or increase the spread of these white patches. Vitiligo can effect people of any ethnicity, but it is more obvious on darker skin tones due to the dramatic contrast in skin colours.

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50% of people with Vitiligo are affected before they reach their twenties, and this includes girls like Winnie – who when born, had no signs of the condition, now at 19 years old has large areas such as her stomach and the underside of her arms covered in white skin. Your teenage years are always an awkward mess (I know mine were) and filled with insecurities, so I can imagine for Winne her early teenage years dealing with this very obvious skin condition must of been hell. With her Vitiligo starting to appear when she was around three, she’s talked about being bullied mercifully and even coming close to suicide. But look at her now. Gurl, you fine. I mean she it helps she is naturally stunning, but I feel what makes her even more attractive is her self acceptance. For her to pursue a modelling career, which obviously is based around you appearance and having your picture taken, she has got to have a hella-load of confidence. You go gurl! I think what makes her Vitiligo all the more striking is the symmetry of her light patches. Besides her face, her arm patches make a near perfect line of black and white down the middle, and her knees are both affected by Vitiligo equally.

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I think she looks awesome and being on ANTM will hopefully bring positive attention to Vitiligo sufferers. Winnie herself has said that she wants to inspire and educate others about her condition, and that she most definitely will. Tyra Banks (the original crazy eyes) always wants to push the boundaries of beauty on the show, and I think through Winnie she will definitely be achieving this. Follow her on Instagram & Twitter at @winnieharlow. Go team Winnie!

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Where Winnie isn’t afraid to show off her skin, others would prefer to cover up. Recently videos in the ‘Camo Confessions‘ series went viral featuring different individuals exposing their true selves and telling their stories.  From a girl suffering from acne, to a model covered head-to-toe with tattoos, one of the people featured also Vitiligo. The vid starts off with Cheri – who seems to be a normal, pretty black girl, start wiping her face exposing large white areas. She talks about her life with the condition – it’s actually unbelievable the questions she says she gets asked, like ‘is it contagious?’ (douchebags!) but Cheri is adamant that her Vitiligo hasn’t dented her ability of success. I guess each to their own if they want to cover up what they consider ‘a flaw’, it’s just the same as anyone wearing makeup really. Watch the video here.

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So these girls are my July inspiration, I hope to have an inspiration post at the end of every month based on something or someone that has caught my eye, with the intention to shed some light on something a bit different. Now excuse me while I never complain about my skin again.