Being part of YGT sometimes means venturing to far-off places in search of creative action, although most of the time it entails explorations of London and its arty events. 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
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth