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’ graphic arts 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!