Patternbank returned again this year to sample the latest injection of Uk based Printmakers and Graphic artists, and a growing selection of global talent, exhibiting at last weeks Pick Me Up . This years festival was held at Somerset House, London and ran for 11 days between 24th April and 4th May. Pick Me Up has become the UK’s best contemporary graphic art fair and now in it’s sixth year the show has become a great place to spot new and upcoming talent. Seminars with guest speakers and printmaking workshops make this an unmissable event with original artworks and prints available to purchase. If you missed out this year we’ve put together a selection of exhibitors for you to peruse at your convenience.
French graphic designer Laura Jouan is now based in London since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2014. For Pick Me Up, Laura was exhibiting her project Layering Layers, Layering Content, which investigates poster formats. See more work from the artist here.
Moth are a London based animation collective comprising of David Prosser, Daniel Chester and Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2010, the designers began to collaborate on projects and explored a shared love for all things drawn. Moth have produced work for clients such as WWF and Global Canopy Programme. See more of their captivating animation here.
These vibrantly coloured and intricately detailed images of fearless women in maximalist environments are the work of artist Laura Callaghan. Using watercolour, indian ink and isograph pen the artist invites the viewer to create their own story for her characters. The nine pieces exhibited at Pick Me Up are a tongue-in-cheek, modern take of the nine circles of hell described in Dante’s Inferno. See more from Laura here.
Sope Studio is made up of four practising designers, each specialising in a different creative output such as printmaking, textile design, illustration and prop making. Working together over the past five years, the studio uses new technologies and hand-crafted techniques, and collaborates to join skills and exchange ideas. Visit their website here
Niles collective are a super-gang of illustrators and printmakers bursting with creativity. Their exhibit at Pick Me Up was a riot of art, printmaking, painted dolls and eclectic collections. To tumble through their archive of art and illustration visit their site here.
After studying engineering and furniture design for six years, Sara Andreasson discovered her true passion in illustration. The Swedish artist has produced editorial illustration for international magazines such as The New York Times and Architectural Review. See more from Sara on her website.
French artist Thomas Lamadieu showcased two of his projects at Pick Me Up this year. Both Sky Art and Sky Design play with the empty space between urban architecture by populating this space with characters. From his permanent base in Germany Thomas travels the world photographing the environment, capturing seasonal changes and a variety of urban architecture. Visit the artists website to see more.
Studio Fluud is a multidisciplinary collective which was founded in 2008. The team of three Matteo Baratto, Caterina Gabelli and Sara Maragotto offer creative direction in the fields of graphic design, illustration, product design…and the list of skills and creative thinking is endless. To see what the collective are capable of see more here.
Supergraph is a Melbourne based Contemporary Graphic Art Fair showcasing the innovative work of Australian artists and designers. This year Supergraph brought their portfolio of printed art to Pick Me Up. Artists such as Esther Olsson, Peter Cromer and Saskia Agius (above) and the three artists below are all represented by Supergraph. Check out their website to see the full range of Art from down under.