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Review: Pick Me Up 2015

Monday 27 April 2015
Words Alice Bell

Another year another Pick Me Up. And boy do they know how to make you pick up stuff. Back for its sixth year, the London graphic arts festival has honed its curated list of partakers, serving up a fresh take on the best in emerging and established illustration, graphic design and related print-based disciplines.

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.


Hattie Newman “Ideas start in my sketchbook and come to life on my cutting matt.”

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.


Sope Printing Press

La Tigre

La Tigre

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.