Last week we visited Pick me up, a graphic arts festival in Somerset House, London. Pick me up, opening for its sixth year, selected the work of 12 international up and coming illustrators and graphic artists, each of them representing a different form of graphic art. As visitor there is lots of engagement with designers, and temporary studio's which makes it possible to see them work onsite and some even offer to create a piece of your own.
The majority of the work showcases the diverse processes of the artists, from traditional screen-printing to animations, risograph printing to papercraft. Each artists exhibits their working process related to their craft, showing techniques, sketchbooks, trials and tools.
Laura Jouan is a French graphic designer questioning the physical nature of graphic mediums. In her project 'Layering Layers, Layering Content' she experiments with how we are layering information in communication.
Laura Callaghan is MA Illustration graduate, exhibiting a modern take of the nine circles of hell described in Dante's Inferno with fearless women. She uses watercolour, indian ink and an isograph pen, creating full on detail and colourful pieces.
Hattie Newman is a set designer known for her energetic, colourful and playful creations. At Pick me up she exhibits a selections of photographs and models and in Hattie's words, they 'balance precision with jolly surrealism'.
Overall the colours and patterns were mix of pastels and brights, together with black and white and gold details. Patterns inspired by marble, ink splashes and geometry.
Lazy Oaf created 'A FUN Project', a capsule collection all the favourite artists of the brand; Dominic Kesterton, Jack Sachs, Jiro Bevis, Kyle Platts, Alexander Medel Calderón and Yoko Hondo. The space is a fun house full of bright colours, prints and signature elements like googly eyes, wiggling worms and the cuboid cat table.
Thomas Lamadieu is a French artist showing his project 'Sky Art'. He plays with the empty sky between urban architecture and fill this space up with funny characters changing reality.
Pick me up festival will be in Somerset house until 4 May. More information can be found here.