Beach at Pick Me Up 2014
We’re delighted to be back at Pick Me Up for our THIRD year on the bounce.
We’ve shown there at every festival since we opened, and we’re pretty proud of that. It really is a quite unbelievable forum for the style of work we show and like; if someone was to say ten or so years ago there’ll be an annual festival at one of the UK’s most prominent arts spaces that showcases - essentially - DIY/self publishing culture, I’d not have believed you, and certainly not if you’d go on to say how popular it would become. It seems it’s fast becoming one of the UK’s most popular arts events, and it certainly offers something unique. We feel part of the furniture there almost, for which we’re very lucky, and we really look forward to it now - seeing the new work, all the people/regulars - not to mention bumping into Jamie Oliver, Henry Holland, and, much more excitingly, Sir Paul Smith, who picked up a few bits from our area last year. And drinking lots of the Camden beer - the taste of that stuff is etched on my tongue as a reminder of early spring and being on the river and being at Pick Me Up.
I guess each year’s been a showcase of what we’ve been doing at that point at Beach; the first year we showed, in 2012, we presented artwork and books of publishers we liked and artists we associated with them; we had the fantastic Musuems Press, 14:19, Nieves, Lubok Verlag and Nobrow - and a bunch of their artists, including Marcus Oakley, Matt Bromley, French, Cody Hudson, Gabriela Jolowicz, Jon Boam, James Jarvis and more - in hindsight a really great line up.
2013 we tried to go a bit more digital, and present a few folks we’d been working with agency-wise; Studio Output presented a wonderful Google Maps hack called the Cartograph, which is still floating about online - so go look. We also had our pals Lazy Oaf, who I’m surprised had never featured before at PMU. Sister Arrow and Tom Sewell presented some really fantastic collaborative work. The Heresy chaps presented some new garms and prints. Craig Fisher’s work from his show was there. Tom Slater, Kyle Platts and Sam Taylor showed their ‘Evil Bastards’ wall which was really popular - in hindsight, that should’ve been made as a print (lads, get on it). Crispin Finn’s cocktail prints, which we still stock, were massively popular.
The people’s choice had to go to The William’s Sister’s ‘Sports Cheeses’ prints and bRiebok T’s - it got Jamie Oliver pretty amped and almost everyone else…
This year we’ve got an even bigger balance of the diversity of people we’ve been working with. And we’re excited to be presenting some ace collaborative products too - We’re working on something cool with Blast Skates, who’ll be showing new stuff from their really exciting new line of boards and stuff. We’ve got Satta skates too, who are always good - they’ll be presenting some collaborative bits with the equally always good Stevie Gee. Build, based in Walthamstow, have done some coollaborative prints with us, which is really exciting - we’re proud to be presenting them; one of the most well-respected agencies in London. We’d planned to present UsTwo’s beautiful iOS game Monument Valley for a little while - and knew they’d smash it - but nobody could have predicted just how big it would be. It really is well deserved though. Will Reardon, an animator we work with will be preseting a new animation. We’ll have Malarky there, and his awesome Streets Of Rage hack. We’ll have some of Jakke Ovgren’s work - which we were a bit gutted to only have on for three weeks - so it’ll be nice to give his amazing work a well deserved audience…
There’ll be a few nice surprises during the week too - there alway is. Chaz will be talking on the Friday with Crowd Talks on the subject ‘why Graphic Design and Illustration is increasingly being exhibited in gallery spaces. How do events like Pick Me Up affect the public perception of Graphic Arts?’ so try and go to that.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!