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The MA” exhib­i­tion is the res­ult of a col­lab­or­a­tion between visu­al artist Karolina Szymkiewicz | KarolfulTASTE 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 inspir­a­tion for the art­work comes from the video “Urban Butoh” per­formed by Butoh dance mas­ter Atsushi Takenouchi and dir­ec­ted by Jordi Arqué.

Please read here to learn more about the con­cept behind the art­work of the exhib­i­tion.

However, if you would like to learn more about the col­lab­or­at­ors, see stages of the devel­op­ment of the art­work and more please vis­it the blog by click­ing here.

Composite Games — Chronicles of Ollundra

series of character design drawings

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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.

To see all the char­ac­ters in more detail please vis­it my Behance port­fo­lio by fol­low­ing this LINK.

TIG Prize winner

New Lights exhibition, Mercer Gallery in Harrogate

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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.

Fabric Pattern Design

Spring/Summer 2014 collection, commissioned by Mesamis Kidswear.

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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 (06 months).

TASTE Shop, Shanghai

Creative Collaboration

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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.

Dance Drawings

The human body as an art form.

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This is a selec­tion from the series of over 20 pen­cil draw­ings, 60cm by 80cm, cre­ated between 2011 — 2013. These pieces have been exhib­ited in mul­tiple solo exhib­i­tions in vari­ous ven­ues, includ­ing Leeds Central Library and Yorkshire Dance.

My fas­cin­a­tion with dance ori­gin­ates from my interest in the human body as an art form and I am espe­cially intrigued in its beha­vi­our whil­st in motion. With move­ment comes the con­cept of the ‘fugit­ive’ — sub­sequently there is an artist­ic need to develop a way to cap­ture this, or at least an impres­sion of the feel­ing it evokes and con­veys. Dance, like music, is a fleet­ing form of art unless recor­ded. I find my chal­lenge is to immor­tal­ise its essence with­in a new medi­um. In this way, through a more per­man­ent rep­res­ent­a­tion, I can enable one to con­tem­plate sin­gu­lar frames that usu­ally gets lost in the flux of dance.