With the pandemic limiting access to art events, we have recently learnt of a fantastic one, and held in the open so it’s virus-free. It is a part of a women art festival and this particular outdoor installation has been created by our friend, Anita Wasik. After childbirth she took up embroidery and developed it now into a project integrated into a beautiful green area in Gdynia.
The installation is called Genesis and consists of 12 embroidered objects the author half-jokingly calls “pussies” that have been installed into 12 tree hollows. You can walk around the park and find them, on purpose or by accident. We love this project for two quite different reasons. One is that it looks fantastic. And also shows mad embroidering skills. The other one is more political: it feels like in some environments anything relating to either women or nature these days is, if not downright dismissed or met with hostility, at least considered a lesser subject. So art which manages to combine these subjects, potentially opening a door for an interesting discussion about the relationship between the feminine and the natural, but without being obvious and ugly, as political art often is, get our highest marks. Also, we love trees and tree hollows, so this endears the project to us even more.
If you happen to be in Gdynia this summer make sure to check out Genesis.
This week we have great news to share. Our design of the book Reports of the Society for the Reconstruction and Beautification of the Malbork Castle (this title!) has won two design awards: DNA Paris Award and Communication Arts Award! We are overjoyed about the news and we thank the Castle Museum of Malbork for trusting us.
There is not a musician that would have a bigger impact on (one of) us than Bob Dylan and today he is celebrating his 80th birthday. Having recorded dozens of albums and hundreds of songs, influenced the history of music and poetry (yes) in more than one way, he will always be important to (one of) us mostly for the deeply personal moments his music and words have given (one of) us. And helped (one of) us survive school so much easier. X!
When I drew this rainbow for something else and our son spontaneously colored it, I knew we’d find a great use for it. Today we celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. And it’s easy to speak in platitudes on this subject but they still are true so here: None of us are equal until all of us are equal. Have a lovely, colorful day, guys!
In 2018 Poland, together with many other countries, celebrated a 100 years of independence. This occasioned many interesting projects and we had the pleasure of being involved in one of them. Zajezdnia History Center organized an oral history project in which interviewers talked to around a hundred people whose age neared a hundred (and so the age of independent Poland). The results were published in a book called Contemporaries of Polish Independence that we designed.
The interviewees talked about their life and how it was affected by the turbulent hundred years of the Polish century: from the 1920s and 1930s, through WW2 and the communist regime up to the actual independence and democracy. The book is divided into chronological chapters and illustrated with private photographs, some of them quite amazing.
Even though we were tempted to emphasize parts of the text, the editors wanted all the interviews treated equally not to single anybody out and so we simplified the original typographic project. We added purple to national Polish colors (red and white) so that the overall result is more interesting. The cover includes portraits of all the people from the book, while the hotstamped empty circles suggest all the other centenarians who also witnessed the last hundred years in Poland.
Table of contents.
This might be the best photo in the entire book. But the competition is strong.
What did we say about amazing photos? This gem reminds us of a famous photographer Tadeusz Rolke’s work but it comes from a private photo album.
As a belated celebration of Labor Day (that we celebrated laboring, of course), here’s the next one in our series of Working Girls: D is for Dog Walker. This is such a fun project but it really has to take a backseat to all the actual work and so the progress is slow. But we’re doing it.
We spent so much time taking photos of some of the last year’s books we designed that we didn’t manage to edit the photos for today! So instead of a full project presentation that is, obviously, coming, please enjoy for now previews of two books in their unretouched glory. And don’t forget to have a glorious week!