Pedal Power Book

collaboration with an Inclusive Youth Dance Company – Me2, Leeds

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Juliana’s Bike is a series of events and work­shops cel­eb­rat­ing art and cyc­ling in Leeds. It was organ­ised by East Street Arts and was a part of the ‹Bike Fest› fest­ival. As part of Juliana’s Bike Karolful was com­mis­sioned to doc­u­ment two con­sec­ut­ive work­shops run by the ‹Me2 : The Inclusive Youth Dance Company›. The work­shops, sup­por­ted by Janice Keith, set out to invent cre­at­ive dance work around the theme of cyc­ling.

The pro­ject con­cluded in a series of digit­al illus­tra­tions por­tray­ing the young dan­cers involved. These were com­piled and pub­lished in an A5 book­let form­at, along­side writ­ten inform­a­tion that explained the con­text behind the pro­ject and the cre­at­ive pro­cesses fol­lowed in devel­op­ing the dance piece.

If you’d like to learn more about Me2 please vis­it their face­book page or web­site 


a series of drawings portraying jumping dancers

A series of 6 A4 draw­ings depict­ing con­tem­por­ary dan­cers per­form­ing vari­ous jumps. These pieces were cre­ated in late 2011 for a dis­play at The Dance Studio Leeds. One of these images was also incor­por­ated into the web­site back­ground for BE ARTISAN dance agency. Photographs of the fol­low­ing dan­cers provided inspir­a­tion for the pro­ject : Joanne Pirrie, Crystal Zillwood, Sompos Wilson and Heather Irving. The image of Heather Irving was based on pho­to­graph by Leroy Harding (Studio86).

Artist’s Book

handmade concertina book, "Or She Could Dance", MA Illustration Degree Show, August 2011, Edinburgh College of Art

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« OR SHE COULD DANCE » is a hand­made con­cer­tina book cre­ated for the MA Illustration Degree Show at Edinburgh College of Art, August 2011. It was the pro­duct of a col­lab­or­a­tion between Karolina Szymkiewicz (illus­tra­tion and design), Joanne Pirrie (dance) and Rebecca Ross (poetry). The book was awar­ded a dis­tinc­tion and has been pub­licly exhib­ited at a num­ber of fur­ther ven­ues since. 

This col­lab­or­at­ive piece blends the grace and lyr­i­cism of dance, art and poetry. The book fol­lows a female dan­cer on a jour­ney of self-dis­cov­ery as she explores the aes­thet­ics of two jux­ta­posed styles, Ballet and Contemporary. Initially she strives to attain the pre­scribed, codi­fied ideals of Ballet before arriv­ing at Contemporary dance, where she ascer­tains great­er pos­sib­il­it­ies with­in this more lib­er­al and phys­ic­ally express­ive dis­cip­line. To rein­for­ce the dicho­tomy of these dis­tinct styles they are depic­ted on oppos­ing sides of the double-sided con­cer­tina book.

The Arcane Compendium of Beasts and Races of the Realm

a selection of characters designed for a short story

Karolful has a long-stand­ing interest in children’s books illus­tra­tions and is cur­rently col­lab­or­at­ing on her first short story for pub­lic­a­tion. This story will incor­por­ate all the weird and won­der­ful phant­asmagor­ic­al creatures illus­trated here, which are unique inven­tions developed by Karolful her­self. Centring around Samuel, a young mouse-like creature who lives in the the fant­ast­ic­al world of Menaginaria, the tale will fol­low him as he embarks on a rites-of-pas­sage exped­i­tion across the realm in order to prove his bravery to his clan.

« Dear read­er,

Please find attached for your per­us­al an abridged ver­sion of The Arcane Compendium of Beasts and Races of the Realm (5th Edition). These art­icles are inten­ded to give a brief insight into the vari­ety of spe­cies which pop­u­late the world of Menaginaria. Browse them at your leis­ure and delight in these races dis­par­ate appear­ances, com­plex char­ac­ters and exot­ic habits. If you are a seasoned adven­turer plan­ning an exped­i­tion to this dis­tant and entirely fic­ti­tious land then you may wish to obtain a full copy of the Compendium to use as your travel guide. In this even­tu­al­ity please con­tact Moz-Elderat Methusalah, cus­todi­an of the Sacred Library of the Moz (Twitch-Nose Clan Branch, Main Burrow, Tunnel 15b, branch 11). He is reach­able most days via the medi­um of astral med­it­a­tion.

Yours sin­cerely

Samuel Twitch-Nose

Apprentice Clerk to Moz-Elderat Methusalah »

Tattoo Project

a collaboration with Company Chameleon - Dance Theatre group

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This pro­ject required a set of tem­por­ary tat­toos to be designed for Company Chameleon, for use by them as body art in a per­form­ance they were cre­at­ing entitled « Shattered ». This piece was first per­formed on the 5th of February 2011 at the Contact Theatre in Manchester, as a part of an event called “7”.

The main tat­too was of ‘Ouroboros,’ an ancient myth­o­lo­gic­al sym­bol depict­ing a dragon eat­ing its own tail. The tat­too ‘bit’ into the dancer’s neck, wrapped around his tor­so and rejoined behind the ear. The dragon image was a sym­bol­ic rep­res­ent­a­tion of strength and indi­vidu­al­ity and, spe­cific­ally as Ouroboros, rep­res­en­ted rebirth. In the con­text of the piece, the tat­too depic­ted hope for renewal from the state of being « Shattered ».

Photographs — cour­tesy of Brian J Slater

Design of a dragon character

a series of drawings illustrating the process of a dragon growing up

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Concept art com­mis­sioned by a game design com­pany. These illus­tra­tions are visu­al­isa­tions of descrip­tions provided by the com­pany, which detail the sequen­tial stages of age­ing for a ‹dragon› char­ac­ter with­in one of their games. The brief was to illus­trate the dragon at sev­en stages in its mat­ur­a­tion from egg, through baby, to adoles­cent and even­tu­ally into full adult­hood.