Pick Me Up

Graphic designer Malika Favre is one of the rising stars chosen by a panel of industry experts for Pick Me Up Selects 2013. [Image from Outline Editions]

Graphic designer Malika Favre is one of the rising stars chosen by a panel of industry experts for Pick Me Up Selects 2013. [Image from Outline Editions]

I'm looking forward to this . . . Contemporary graphic arts festival Pick Me Up returns to Somerset House on 18th April for 11 days of graphic art, design and illustration. 

"In addition to showcasing and selling original artworks and limited-edition prints from the industry’s elite and emerging talent, each day the festival will be running an exciting and eclectic mix of quirky family workshops, lively evening events and creative forums.  Some of the artists contributing to this year’s programme include Guardian regulars Modern Toss and the award-winning animation studio Aardman, who will host a Shaun the Sheep model-making workshop".

I went along to this a few years ago when Rob Ryan was in residence in a brilliantly chaotic pop-up makeshift studio where you could walk around (bit zoo-like, yes) and actually watch him and his team busily drawing and painstakingly cutting out his signature papercut works. Talk about concentration. He reminded me a bit of my old art teacher at school, Mr Johnson, who when I think back now gave us a pretty free rein to do what we wanted - and made it fun. Walking into the art department felt like going into a different world where normal school rules didn't apply, like when he let us turn half the floorspace into a floor to ceiling paper jungle. Completely impractical, completely brilliant. Anyway, I'll be at Pick Me Up, sighing with nostalgia.