Howdy folks, Kristina here, first-time poster on the COI blog, but long time member of the COI committee!
Since 2020, there have been so many things we’ve missed out on but one of the things I’ve missed the most has been illustration fairs! I love seeing so many talented people in one room, love seeing all the beautiful and varied styles people work in and love seeing what they’re passionate about show through in their art.
As such, I was thrilled to learn that @illustratorsfair were hosting a market in London last Saturday at Granary Square. I arrived at about 1pm and the area around St Pancras was buzzing. It was another glorious day and there were scores of children and their families playing in the fountains outside the impressive Central St Martins building that was hosting the fair.
Stepping into the (blissfully) cool interior, I came face to face with 100 stallholders proudly touting their wears. I honestly did not know where to look for all the beautiful art on display! There were children’s picture books, cute cards, stickers galore, fun risograph zines and all kinds of printmaking on offer. I didn’t realise I was going to write a blog about this so forgive my terrible picture, but it looked a bit like this…
So, all this to say, next time you hear there’s an art fair nearby, get yourself down there! I left with a bag full of unique gifts and goodies, feeling great that I’d supporting some super talented artists and inspired to pick up a pencil (or stylus) for myself.
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Until next time folks!