Our Trip to the House of Illustration Illustrator’s Fair


We popped over to the inaugural House of Illustration‘s Illustrator’s Fair to see what fine talents might be scoped out and were not disappointed by the turn-out and exceptional work on display. The first thing that struck us was the sheer diversity of the stands; from line drawing and comics to puppetry and papercuts, a wonderful medley of styles and disciplines greeted us as we stepped into Granary Square at Kings Cross.

Inside the House of Illustration HQ screenings, talks and tours took place and outside, in the balloon and market stall-filled yard, we sipped on elderflower fizz and chatted with hundreds of creatives all selling their wares. Among the many outstanding artists we met were Kate Rowland, whose well-known pyro-etched jewellery pieces depicting Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Twin Peaks quotes and characters were too good to resist, James Barker and his wonderfully playful, vibrant dinosaur prints, Dan Crombie AKA Wolf Mask‘s ghoulish and starkly coloured cartoons and the cosmic, marbled ink illustrations of Juliana Wang.

“The idea behind the Fair was to bring together lots of different types of illustrators and to celebrate the breadth of illustration with as many people as possible. It was great to see the public quizzing our exhibitors about their work, getting stuck into creative workshops and leaving with beautiful purchases.” – House of Illustration

Sunshine, portrait painting, kids workshops and more alluring illustrated products than my wallet could handle made for an uplifting afternoon. Speaking with artists about process, business plans and inspiration was a joy and, as ever, hearing the stories behind specific artworks, zines and other creations was a personal treat, seldom enjoyed when simply making a purchase online. There’s a lot to be said for interacting with the creators of the illustrated products you buy from great emporiums like Ohh Deer and in this case, it made our day to meet so many with such a varied and humbling set of skills.
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Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth

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