Pick Me Up, London’s annual graphic arts festival, returns to Somerset House this week. What’s hot in the contemporary art collective this year?

Now celebrating its fourth year as London’s eclectic graphic arts extravaganza, the Pick Me Up festival is back showcasing the work of the best and brightest in contemporary art, design and illustration. At Pick Me Up, having fun goes hand-in-hand with meeting some of the world’s top creative talent and buying attractive limited edition prints at affordable prices. There’s also plenty of entertaining family and late night events planned during the entire course of the festival.

Here’s our rundown of 5 amazing things to see at this year’s Pick Me Up:

Aardman Animations

Aardman Shaun the Sheep model making workshop

Aardman modelmaker Jim Parkyn will be directing a Shaun the Sheep model making workshop during the Pick Me Up Children’s Weekend, scheduled for this Saturday at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Jim is best known for his work on Aardman’s Creature Comforts, Shaun the Sheep and Timmy Time projects.

Image Source: Aardman

Evelin Kasikov

CMYK embroidery by London graphic designer Evelin Kasikov

London graphic designer Evelin Kasikov is supersizing her popular CMYK embroidery to enthral a new audience at Pick Me Up. Developed during Evelin’s student days at Central Saint 08artins College of Arts and Design, her handmade embroidery technique uses stitched layers of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black colours that resemble the traditional 4-colour CMYK process used in offset printing.

“Works are stitched using cotton threads in CMYK colours, the intensity of colour depends on the number of strands used. The final outcome is a printed page created by hand.”
-Evelin Kasikov

Evelin’s clients include The Guardian, The New York Times and WIRED Magazine.

Image Source: Evelin Kasikov

Nelly Duff

Want to be Heard letterpress print by Anthony Burrill

The Nelly Duff gallery in London’s East End exhibits original pieces from artists at the forefront of street, tattoo and graphic art. This letterpress colour print, Want to be Heard by Anthony Burrill, is available on heavy weight card (15 cm x 21 cm) and signed by the artist for £15.

Image Source: Nelly Duff

Seb Lester

Recovery typography for The New York Times by Seb Lester

Based in East Sussex, Seb Lester is a successful type designer, illustrator and artist. Previously a Senior Type Designer at Monotype Imaging, his clients include Apple, Cadbury, Ministry of Sound, Nike, Red Bull and Victoria’s Secret.

“I feel honoured to have been invited to spend a day at Pick Me Up in London this year. The idea is I set up shop for the day writing out people’s names in my best fancy handwriting for hard cash. I will also be selling prints and originals which will be available for the duration of the event.”
-Seb Lester

Image Source: Seb Lester

Zombie Collective

Zombie Collective prints at Pick Me Up 2013

This collective of five graphic artists and illustrators – Alice Lickens, Frann Preston-Gannon, Joely Brammer, Maggie Li and Rebecca Jay – have produced work for many prestigious clients such as the British Library, Design Museum and Tate Britain.

“We are so pleased to be involved in this year’s Pick Me Up at Somerset House. We will be in force selling new prints and products as well launching our ideas machine which will dispense little prizes of intrigue!”
-Zombie Collective

Image Source: Zombie Collective

Plan Your Visit

Pick Me Up graphic arts festival runs from tomorrow until the 28th April 2013 at Somerset House arts and cultural centre in London. Open daily 10am to 6pm (10pm on Thursdays). Tickets cost £8. Charing Cross, Covent Garden, Embankment and Temple are the nearest underground stations. For more information, please visit the official Pick Me Up website or search for the #pickmeuplondon hashtag on Twitter.

Pick Me Up graphic arts festival in London

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  1. This gives a great insight into some of the things that go on in the world of graphics. You’ve actually got me considering paying a visit to the Pick Me Up festival for the first time. The Shaun the Sheep workshop would be wonderful for my grandchildren too!

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