I love Blink Art these days. Ever since Sam Hart and Helen Parker took the reigns at the print division of this award winning production company, the illustration, photography and set design coming out of Blink has been exceptional. And the artists walking through their doors have been exceptional too. The impressive roster of talent includes the likes of Chrissie Abbott, Craig & Karl, Hattie Newman, Kyle Bean, Rob Flowers, Stevie Gee, The Layzell Bros, Craig Ward, Catherine Losing, Ryan Hopkinson, Essy May, Emily Stein, Julia Pott and Robert F Hunter. Add to this the recently signed Jack Hudson, Jay Wright, Pate, Alma Haser, Andrew Stellitano and the oh so new he is not even on their website yet, Peter Judson, one of this years Pick Me Up selects, and you have got a seriously brilliant line up of artists.
So when I heard they were taking over a room at Pick Me Up for the first time this year I was certainly expecting it to be good. But I was not even remotely prepared for the coolness of 80's Scratch Art. But that is what we got. In all its glory. Art and craft magic. All over the walls are the most impressive prints, each artist interpreting their work within the theme of scratch art. They were all given the same CMYK black tones to work with for the background, but the rest was up to them. They worked their magic and it worked a treat. They look seriously phenomenal as a set and I want them all.
When I finally stopped staring at the lovely prints I sat down at their Blink scratch art workshop table, relived my childhood and attempted some scratch art while also trying, unsuccessfully, to impress illustrator Rob Flowers who was holding court on Sunday afternoon. I implore you all to get yourselves down there and have a go for yourselves.
They are even running a daily instagram competition to win an A3 unframed print from the exhibition every day. What is not to love about that. The rules are pretty simple too. Make a piece of scratch art at the Blink workshop table. Instagram it with #blinkscratchart and #pickmeuplondon. Tell them in your instagram post which print you'd like to win. They pick their favorite one and instagram the good news to the winner. Easy peasy. They are also selling framed A1 prints and unframed A2 and A3 prints. So good. Well done Blink Art.