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Pick Me Up returns

This month sees the return of graphic art event Pick Me Up, set to take over Somerset House with another collection of brilliant work from established and emerging designers and illustrators alike.

Un Ours, HelloMarine, member of the Unlimited Editions collective

Source: c HelloMarine

Un Ours, HelloMarine, member of the Unlimited Editions collective

This year’s Pick Me Up debuts new branding created by Studio Emmi, aiming to guide visitors through the huge selection of work with a cute pencil graphic device.

Rapture, Stuart Patience

Source: c Stuart Patience

Rapture, Stuart Patience

As well as showing a plethora of gorgeous work from artists including Anna Lomax, Hattie Stewart, Jean Jullien,
Katie Scott, Rob Stuart Patience, Tom Edwards, Ugo Gattoni and You Byun, this year’s event also boasts a pop-up nail art bar, temporary tattoo parlour, an Open Studio rub by Print Club and – perhaps most excitingly  - Shaun the Sheep model-making workshops with Aardman.

The Snail from TSATW, Axel Scheffler courtesy of Macmillan

Source: c Axel Scheffler courtesy of Macmillan

The Snail from TSATW, Axel Scheffler courtesy of Macmillan

Original works and limited-edition prints from collectives and galleries including Beach London, Handsome Frank, Nelly Duff, Print Club London, Puck Collective, SOMA, The Church of London and Zombie Collective will be on show.

Mermaid, Liam Barrett, member of the Puck Collective

Source: c Liam Barrett

Mermaid, Liam Barrett, member of the Puck Collective

Puck Collective’s tattoo parlour, Puckleduster, will be temporarily branding those willing to donate their skin as a canvas with temporary tattoos designed and personalised by Puck illustrators, and in more twee venture, Nelly Duff gallery will be bringing the flower market of its home in east London’s Columbia Road to Pick Me Up, showing flower-led imagery from the likes of Ben Eine, Jessica Albarn and Gaia. The gallery will hold a series of seminars, entitled ‘growing tips - how to grow’, offering tips on on how to nurture talent.

Modern Toss, Fyeux Tapestry

Source: c Modern Toss

Modern Toss, Fyeux Tapestry

We’re also really excited to see what Modern Toss will be up to, and savour a pint at designer duo Hero Of Switzerland’s Pick Me Up pub, where visitors can design their own beer labels.

Cecelia Huntress, Dan Hillier

Source: c Dan Hillier. Represented by Nelly Duff.

Cecelia Huntress, Dan Hillier

Anthony Burrill will be taking on something of a nomadic role for the event, roaming the space and touting his wares stop-me-and-buy-one style in a mobile kiosk.

Mother, John C Thurbin, member of the Puck Collective

Source: c John C Thurbin

Mother, John C Thurbin, member of the Puck Collective

Print Club London’s Open Studio space will give visitors the chance to learn screen-printing techniques and take their work home. Print Clubbers will be making ‘live’ wallpaper, applied throughout Pick Me Up, and inviting guests such as accessories designer Fred Butler to make their mark on the space. The new works from Bob Gill’s recent Print Club show will also be on display.

Flowers, Bob Gill

Source: c Bob Gill for Print Club London.

Flowers, Bob Gill

Pick Me Up runs from 18–28 April at  Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London,WC2R. For more information visit www.pickmeuplondon.com

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