For a print-based festival it certainly is; in our ever increasingly digital world it’s refreshing to see so many contemporary artists still embracing traditional techniques, some brought to the fold as a result of an almost digital backlash.
As usual, as you enter you are treated to ‘Pick Me Up Selects’ – international rising stars of the graphic arts world specially selected by an industry panel. As an added bonus this year we were given a sneak peek in to their working process; sketchbooks, maquettes, collages.
Upstairs is the now familiar showcase of collectives, galleries & studios presenting their wares. Most even let you get involved with mini workshops on offer on the day. One of my favourites was Sope, where you could choose from a selection of printing plates to make your own bespoke print, at a mere £5 a pop.
Also to be salivated over are La Tigre’s created ‘habitats’ in an array of pastel hues and geometric lines. There was a definite trend of marble and similar texture this year.
Pick Me Up opens today at Somerset House, London and runs until 4th May with daily events.