Amelia’s Magazine | Pick Me Up Contemporary Graphic Art Fair 2012: Pick Me Up Selects Review

Pick Me Up 2012 - Zim & Zou
Pick Me Up Selects – Zim & Zou.

There is one major problem with a trip to Pick Me Up contemporary graphic art fair: the vast choice of amazing artwork. Where then does one start when writing a review, or making a purchase for the wall? From what I hear most people come away with far more than they planned to, so make sure you set yourself a realistic budget before you go in. You have been warned…

Pick Me Up 2012 -Zeloot
Pick Me Up Selects – Zeloot.

The ground floor entrance is this year devoted to Pick Me Up Selects, the work of up and coming artists who have been chosen by a group of industry insiders, including Camilla Parsons of Outline Editions, John O’Reilly of Varoom Magazine and Angharad Lewis of Grafik Magazine. I was delighted by this year’s selection, which seemed more diverse and truly representative of little known artists than has been true in previous years. Here’s my highlights: some new discoveries as well as old favourites!

Pick Me Up 2012 - Zim & Zou
First up are some stunning neon and metallic papercut artworks by a duo: Zim & Zou, who are Lucie Thomas of the UK and Thibault Zimmerman, now working together in Nancy, France.

Riikka Sormunen
It was great to see work that has a distinct if not overt fashion illustration flavour: Riikka Sormunen‘s background in fashion design is evident in her intricate narrative pictures of elegantly dressed women.

Niki Pilkington
Similarly Nikki Pilkington combines fine pencil drawn figures with colourful collaged details.

Pick Me Up 2012 -http://mcdonaghillustration.com/
Opposite this are pictures by Tim McDonagh, a graduate of the University of Westminster whom I raved about when I discovered him at his graduate show in 2010. I am not sure how his mind works but as this detail shows it must be a complicated place.

Yoko Furusho
Next up, another familiar face. The New York based illustrator Yoko Furusho features in my first book Amelia’s Anthology of Illustration, and her beautiful work is looking as uniquely fantastic as ever.

Sarah maycock bear
Sarah Maycock is another artist who I spotted at the Kingston University graduate show last year: I even own my very own screenprinted version of her fox! #luckyme

Pick Me Up 2012 -matthew the horse
Pick Me Up 2012 -matthew the horse
Pick Me Up 2012 -matthew the horse
Matthew the Horse is the zany pseudonym of a graduate from Bath Spa University. He is inspired by language and feelings and his very yellow collection of images is based around jobs and identities. I especially like the hyacinth bulbs and a curious monkey.

Pick Me Up 2012 -Sac Magique
There is definitely a strain of 80s inspired illustration coming through at the moment – Finnish designer Sac Magique is one example…

Pick Me Up 2012 -Martin Nicolausson
as is Swedish designer Martin Nicolausson, who veers ever more towards the surreal.

Pick Me Up 2012 -Zeloot
Pick Me Up 2012 -zeloot
I was also most taken with psychedelic work by Dutch designer Zeloot that has a distinct 60s flavour in both colour and content. She likes designing within the limitations of silk screenprinting.

Pick Me Up 2012 -Kristjana S Williams
Kristjana S Williams is the creative director of Beyond the Valley so you may well already be familiar with her magical landscapes created out of collage and metallic elements.

Pick Me Up 2012 -Sarah Beeston
Australian illustrator Sarah Beeston studied at Falmouth College of Arts before settling in London, where she became preoccupied with politics and perversities of popular culture. She is creating live portraits at Pick Me Up every day!

Pick Me Up 2012 -Yuko Michishita
S for Shells by Yuko Michishita is a beautiful example of handdrawn typography, a swirl of intricate pen lines.

And then it’s on upstairs, where a host of collectives have been invited to display their wares in the long gallery space… find out who to catch in my next instalment…. in the meantime check out my listings for recommended workshops and talks.

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Amelia’s Magazine | Christmas Gift Ideas 2012: Top Ten Best Tea Towel Designs

Like cushions, tea towels provide the perfect surface to showcase artwork: is it any wonder there are so many great designs to choose from?

Mr PS old fashioned sweetie type tea towel
For some reason I seem to have fixated on type when it comes to these – first up is this fun sweetie design by Mr PS.

Howkapow great british roast tea towel
Howkapow always stocks great design so I like to check in now and again and see what they have. I particularly like this Great British Roast Tea Towel designed by Stuart Gardiner.

thornback and peel rabbit cabbages tea towel
There is a simplicity to most of Thornback and Peel‘s designs which is very appealing but I like this one with bunnies running through the cabbage patch.

colorful winterland calendar tea towel
On etsy designer Gabriela Larios is selling this brilliant 2013 Tea Towel Calendar: why not kill two birds with one stone! 

almedahls-pomona-tea-towel
Hus and Hem stock this fabulous retro tea towel by Almedahls: the Pomona design was first created in 1956 and looks every bit as good today.

christmas-tea-towel-victoria eggs
Designer Victoria Eggs has produced a Christmas dinner tea towel, featuring all your festive food favourites in fancy type.

Classic Cocktails tea towel by Stuart Gardiner
To Dry For is THE shop for tea towels, so I had to check in and see what they have this season: my favourite is the Classic Cocktails tea towel, also by Stuart Gardiner.

Ella James Bank Note tea towel
How much fun is this bank note tea towel by Ella James? It comes in two designs based on either the £20 or £50 bank note.

pintuck make do and mend
The Pintuck website from Mary Land has got a few fab designs: I like this one’s sentiments. Make Do and Mend.

dear santa rob ryan tea towel
And if your budget doesn’t stretch to a one off bit of Rob Ryan artwork you could always frame his very special 2012 Christmas tea towel. What a winner! Best of all it can be cut up and sewn into a personalised stocking if you fancy.

Looking for other Christmas gifts? Check in with my best cushions and best mugs blog posts too!

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