Pick Me Up 2014 @ Somerset House


It’s been a whirlwind of a week so I’ve only just got around to posting about this, but on Sunday I was back at Somerset House for Pick Me Up 2014. It’s becoming a bit of a tradition now that Jack & I meet Emma & Alex to explore the creative work of illustrators, graphic designers and artists. Wearing a cat print top, would Pick Me Up 2014 score a purrrfect 10 in my eyes?:

Before we get into all of the lovely work, I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed the branding this year. Bright, funky and appropriate with the use of the paper clip as an icon – cleverly used for wayfinding too!

I thought the branding was successfully incorporated into the exhibition too without over powering the work – a hard task.

So, what did we find inside the candy striped walls? Lots of cool things:

From super detailed architectural drawings (by Thibaud Herem)…

… to the crazy, cool and quirky – who wouldn’t want a bouncy castle made from Jelly!?  (By Jack Hudson)

Hey Studio from Barcelona showcased some lovely type – great colour choices!

Upstairs was buzzing with creative types:

From The Great British Emporium, this fluoro pink print of hand drawn brand logos caught my eye along with something meaty:

Totebags with meat on – a vegetarian’s nightmare (don’t tell my sister).

Artomatic had set up a photobooth which offered quirky portraits:

But the printmaker inside me was drawn towards this beautiful stall with lots of printed goodies:

There was even an Adana on hand – I haven’t printed for so long now, I wish I’d had a go.

And this wasn’t the only way to get your hands dirty! I found that there was a lot more opportunities for getting involved this year with this top trumps game from Puck Collective…

… an awesome looking tropical sign painting workshop from Animaux Circus…

I wish I could have joined in – it looked like great fun! I miss getting my hands dirty and making letters 🙁

… beautiful ombre typography – take me back to the 90s! Remember a time when that horrible rainbow gradient Word Art was popular? It’s got past those teenage years of rebellion and grown up now to produce nicely co-ordinating colour blends – so summery!

Oh and last but definitely not least, Gemma Correll’s pug party where you could create your own party appropriate pug balloon:

But if you’re just looking for inspiration, you won’t have to look far – the walls are covered in beautiful design:

From vinyl covers to mugs…

… Anthony Burrill prints to giant Burger recipe books – there is something to tickle everyone’s tastebuds:

From the Unlimited collective I loved Steven Wilson’s nostalgic typographic works:

and was in awe of the detail in of Kristjana S William’s world map made entirely from animals – Emma loved it too:

Handsome Frank’s gallery was a treasure trove of wonderful items:

I was definitely loving the neon sign feature…

… as well as the typography work by Thomas Burden – What are you waiting for?

Since ‘living’ in London for the past 3 months I have been LOLing at the weird shop and restaurant names (see post here) and absolutely loved  The Chicken Shops of London by Sarah Tanat-Jones. She has made some of the tackiest shops into a work of beauty, I just wish the poster was bigger so it could include more!

But don’t worry, there are other lovely series’ on her website including record shops of Soho.

When we made it to the shop I didn’t even look because I didn’t want to tease myself – enter at your own risk! However I couldn’t help but notice this Periodic tablecloth (although it’s nowhere near tablecloth sized – it’s a table on a cloth pun I think?) of swearing hanging on the wall:

After living and breathing swear words for my ISTD project at Uni, I still have a special place in my heart for taboo language. I’ve been thinking about re-visiting my project recently… who knows if it will actually happen though!

So that is my round up of Pick Me Up 2014. As usual I took so many photos I found it really hard to edit them down, so don’t think you’ve seen it all now as there is still a lot more to discover at the exhibition! I really enjoyed it (even more than last year) and left feeling so inspired.

Pick Me Up 2014 finishes on Monday 5th May so start planning your visit for the weekend now – and don’t forget to book online to avoid queuing! Have you already been? If so, what was your favourite piece? Can’t narrow it down? Me either! I guess that’s why this post is so long…



  • rosebudannie

    05/05/2014 at 11:48 am

    Oooo i like 🙂 What a good event and lovely review!xxxxx

  • thecreativeconundrum

    05/05/2014 at 2:04 pm

    I wist I could have gone looks amazing and Word art blast from the past!

      • thecreativeconundrum

        17/05/2014 at 1:19 pm

        I think I will it looks great

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