Residency at TASTE Shop
welcome to the illustration studio
of Karolina Szymkiewicz
various illustration designs
drawings, artworks & exhibitions
design and development of custom characters,
toys & patterns
pattern designs for various
stationery & merchandise
Taste Shop + Noo-Studio + Karolful
Karolful is a part of
Noo-Studio | The House of Collaboration
Please scroll down to see recent projects.
The Collection of Skills
The “MA” exhibition is the result of a collaboration between visual artist Karolina Szymkiewicz | Karolful, TASTE Shop and Noo-Studio. It was produced in TASTE Studio, during Karolful’s March 2014 residency and will have it’s grand opening on the 11th of April 2014, in TASTE Shop’s exhibition space in Tian Zi Fang (Shanghai).
The direct reference for the artwork comes from the video “Urban Butoh” performed by Butoh dance master Atsushi Takenouchi and shot in the Poble Nou cemetery in Barcelona. The video’s directors are Jordi Arqué and Roberto Romero; music was composed by Hiroko Komiya.
Composite Games are an indie roleplaying game company who are hard at work developing an exciting new tabletop game, entitled the Chronicles of Ollundra. As part of this ongoing project they commissioned Karolful to provide a series of character design illustrations. These visual elements will embellish their intricately designed games, enriching the gaming experience.
The images will appear in the Ollundra rule book and promotional material. Additionally, Composite sought consultation on their art direction and business branding, leading to Karolful designing their company and game-title logo.
New Lights exhibition, Mercer Gallery in Harrogate
In 2013 Karolina Szymkiewicz’s artwork was shortlisted for the New Lights exhibition, a bi-annual competition showcasing the best young contemporary artists in the north of England.
On Friday the 20th of September the New Lights exhibition had its private opening at the Mercer Gallery in Harrogate. At this event Karolina’s illustrations were awarded the TIG Prize (The Inter Group) for most outstanding representational work. The Exhibition ran from 21 September until 17 November 2013 at the Mercer Gallery and will be moving on to The Biscuit Factory gallery in Newcastle for January 2014.
Spring/Summer 2014 collection, commissioned by Mesamis Kidswear.
These patterns are a product of a collaboration
with Noo-Studio | The House of Collaboration (Shanghai).
Illustrations were inspired by pre-existing themes and colours used by Mesamis in their branding. These elements were then arranged into patterns and used in their children’s clothing range for infants (0-6 months).
A commission by TASTE shop (a lifestyle shop specialising in selected handmade and limited edition items) to produce event branding for the opening of their second shop in Shanghai. Illustrations of an eye, ear, nose and hand were created, which represented the four remaining human senses apart from TASTE. The style of this commission was inspired by copperplate engravings techniques, suggestive of the brand’s heritage and high quality.
These images were arranged into patterns for wrapping paper, fabric prints, window stickers, flags, posters, postcards, bags, invitations and various merchandise offered in a gift pack at the opening event on the 20th of November 2013. These images were also used in the digital branding on TASTE’s website.