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.
Pandora’s Box is an exhibition of mixed media drawings commissioned by Union 105 | East Street Arts. It has its’ opening on the 25th of September 2014 between 6-9pm. It will continue until the 05th of October 2014 at following times:
Sat & Sun 12 – 4pm | Tue till Thur 12 – 6pm
Inspired by two Greek mythological motifs; ‘Pandora’s Box’ and ‘The Fates’, this exhibition expands on recent dance installation performance by the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and a collaboration with a video artist Blessing Oyebanji. It encourages one to reflect on human nature and its influence on people’s lives.
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 ran between the 11th of April and 13th of May 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.
To learn more please read here.
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).