Pick Me Up

As I have mentioned before, part of being a designer is to keep up-to-date and inspired; so last week a few of us snuck out early and headed over to Somerset House for the inspiration bonanza that is Pick Me Up 2013.

The exhibition slash arts fair works as an 11 day celebration of graphic art, design and illustration, showcasing and selling original artworks and limited-edition prints as well as running an eclectic mix of workshops, evening events and forums. 

With artists such as Hattie Stewart, Malarky and Malika Favre, when it came to being inspired, we were spoilt for choice...

and with money in our pockets, we spent the best part of two hours meandering our way around the fair looking for beautiful prints to adorn our humble homes: 

Whilst I have no intention to undermine the event, at a glance it could be quite easy for Pick Me Up to be seen as another ‘trend led’ design pop-up. But, I have to admit, it’s got substance.

In both the exhibition space and the fair I spent most of my time speaking to the artists behind the work. I felt creatively satisfied – almost greedy. It’s easy to turn up, take some photos and add them to your Pinterest boards, but if you are willing to delve a little deeper the outcome is more than positive.

And, if you’re really lucky, you might even get a personalised illustration from Katie Bennett of Super Mega Lovely:

With contacts made, prints bought and ideas bouncing I thoughly recommend a visit. Pick Me Up runs until 28th April, from 10am to 6pm.