The growing value of illustration and print is not lost on ceramist and designer Pacharapong Suntanaphan. Better known as Yod, or by studio name Visuallyod, he launched Curate 40 to support new talent and designers, as well as established but little-known consultancies.
Keen to spot and present emerging design trends, Visuallyod is organising an exhibition at the Pulse trade show in London this year, showcasing 12 illustrators and designers with a focus on print and illustration work in 2D or 3D.
’I have become very interested in the massive growth in print and illustration – especially with galleries selling more,’ says Yod. ’Maybe it’s due to the recession, as people can’t afford art, so print is a good alternative as a potential investment without the high costs.’
Curate 40 by Visuallyod showcases products from print to ceramics, with designers from the UK to Thailand. James Brown’s retro-typographic prints sit alongside the surreal illustrations by new talent Hin Chiu, applied to various media. Mengsel launches a collection of screen-printed home accessories, Annabel Johnson shows a collection of illustrated ceramics, and other designers on show include The Drawing Machine, Emily Breakell Design, Gabriele Herzog, Mat Cook, Odina Design, Yellow Fever Fabrics, Dark Dog Studio and Madam Studio.
’It’s easy for people to appreciate [such illustrative work], without having to spend time thinking about what it could be or should be,’ says Yod.
Curate 40 by Visuallyod is on at Pulse 2010, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London SW5 from 6-8 June