Show and tell
It’s hard to believe, says Inkygoodness’ Lisa Hassell, that it was only in January that we got the call to say that our exhibition had been selected for the Pictoplasma Character Walk. At that time our Character Totem idea was just that, and we had no idea how we were going to pull it off.
Weeks of planning, several live draw events and frantic emailing later and the Inkygoodness Character Totem exhibition opened in Berlin. It was a very proud moment. Not only had we managed to get the totems to the Neurotitan Gallery in one piece, but seeing them all together on show was fantastic.
Our exhibition concept inspired many of our artists to experiment with materials, switching between ink, paint and posca pens to create their unique characters. Personal highlights included a felt feathered Totem by Rabbit Portal (Matt Saunders) and the hysteria of gaudy characters created by Hattie Stewart.
As an exhibitor on the Character Walk for the first time, it was a very special event for us. As loyal followers of Pictoplasma since 2006, we were very aware of the reaction of the hard-to-please Pictoplasma audience. The subtle lighting, live mapping display, animation, and music created a great atmosphere, and many visitors came early and stayed all night – which was brilliant. Returning to the UK on a massive high, we’re now challenging our energies into planning a follow up event in Birmingham.