>Pick Me Up – Its Your Birthday!


Rob Ryan Tape – A gift from the Boyf £10

A little while back was the day I said goodbye to my dear teenage years with a little bunch of friends in central London. Being a girl who loves to go out and see arty things, a trip to an exhibition seemed the perfect activity to do on my birthday (followed by food naturally!)
I chose to pop into ‘Pick Me Up’ at Somerset House which I had been looking forward to since fashion week. It was a Contemporary Graphic Design Fair where you could buy the art on display as well as OooOoogle at it!

It was the perfect sort of exhibition, full of bold graphic prints, little acrylic shapes, a print studio, Mr Rob Ryan himself and lots and lots of lovely screen prints and most importantly – colour!
Im very sad it’s already over – please let me know what you thought if you managed to catch it. I wanted to go back again there was so much to see! Here are some of my favourite bits…

Three of many beautiful Screen prints

Acrylic charms by Peepshop (I got treated to the cute skull key!), screen printed tote bags and ‘Moon Heads’ the band.
Screen printed beanbags!, books for sale, a set of hooks made from pencils and some funny little wooden characters

Rob Ryan himself was on hand to keep his cutter girls busy and share tips enthusiastically as if he’d never been asked before! He said to keep your wrist supple and hold the scalpel at the tip for optimum movement. For a better and more in depth look into Robs mini-studio and all his work on show, look at Carries post!

Carrie (right) with an exciting birthday gift for me wrapped in vintage Somerset newspaper!
Jill (left) arranging wood blocks to create a design to print using a oil inks and a press. She later very kindly made me a birthday print, can you tell what it says?!
Brownie points if you leave me a comment saying what it is!


p.s Don’t miss other exhibitions like this! You can see wonderful events coming up that I’m interested in on the right side of this blog under ‘Shows and Must Sees’. Don’t miss out! See you there
  • kirstyb May 13, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    >I need to locate a post it note that has what im doing in May on it! ha why i didnt use my diary is beyond me! woopsie – other than that sounds good to moi xxxxxxx

  • danniekate May 12, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    >ah thats okay 🙂 what a lovely day this was, so annoyed i couldn't stay longer. the exam was a complete doddle in the end too! can't wait to see what you wear to your blogiversary xx

  • Adorngirl May 12, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    >great shots, really captured some of the great art of an overall amazing exhibition.

  • Diana Mieczan May 11, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    >That really looks great! I adore the present wrapping and all the photos are amazing!
    Have a great day 🙂

  • polka dot May 11, 2010 at 1:46 PM


    You should have seen it, Lucy: while you @ Carrie were @ the wonderful cut out thing, I'm arranging this as close as I could to spelling your name – realised I'd never get the 'happy birthday' part in – and when I was done, gave it to the nice guy who said 'you do know it prints in reverse, right?' and I had to redo it!

    You are an absolute delight. So glad I was there on your last day of youth, and hope to spend more time with you as a very nice old lady. xo

  • kirstyb May 11, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    >ah looks and sounds like you had a brill time xxxxxxx

  • the style crusader May 11, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    >this looks so fun! bummed that i missed it! love that jill and carrie are both in stripes. too cute. so glad you had a great birthday! and i think your wood print from jill says… 'LUCY!' really lovely! xx