Do you own a bicycle? My bike is in Berlin, where I lived for 3 years as an Interior Designer. Funnily enough I spoke with my friend last week who is ‘looking after’ it for me, asking him how thing are at the moment he replied “well my bike is broken at the moment”, the said bike turned out in fact to be my bike… so it appears my friend calls it his bike now too… Can a bike have two owners?
How would you describe your work? I started taking pictures of buildings 9 years ago when I started Interior Design at University, using them as references and generally because I had an interest in what I saw and their forms. As things progressed I started to get a much more grimey eye and like to take pictures of more run-down things… mills, factories, broken lamp-posts. But now I’m starting to get more into portrait photography and really appreciate the works of a few street photographers. A book called ‘train your gaze’ is a good read too.
What are your tools? Currently I am digital but making the transition to analogue. Digitally my tools are Sony alpha 100 DSLR, 50mm fixed lens, 18-70mm lens, 70-300mm lens. I also have a 35mm lomography 360 spinner which is great fun… I love the anticipation of waiting for my films to be developed… oh, and last but not least… My eyes.
Do you call yourself an ‘artist’ when people ask you what you do? I’m an Interior Designer by profession, photography is something that is becoming more than a hobby. It doesn’t pay any bills or put any bread on the table, but I like the term ‘artist’, maybe I start branding myself as a visual artist.
I wish I had my camera with me 24/7, my life is full of missed opportunities in this respect. The best place was an abandoned theme park in Berlin, had a very eery feel to it. Think how busy alton towers is, strip away all the people, screaming children and replace with structures fallen victim to arsonists… Very spooky!
What are you working on at the moment? A few friends have asked me to take some portrait snaps, so i want to mix this with my urban photography and see the results. A friend in London has asked for briefed me on some photography for a music video for autoKratz so hopefully some of my work will feature in this.
What’s you creative addiction? It’s my hobby so this gives me a good kick. I find it addictive because i like to capture the moment. Photography is also a great source of inspiration for my day job.
Why did you start making beards? I use to have a major beard envy so I decided the best cure was to grow my own. Naturally knitting seemed to be the perfect solution.
How many beards have you made? Oh hundreds, I seem to keep giving them away! I am now stocking in Good Grief! in Affleck’s Palace so no more freebies unfortunately.
What’s your favourite shade of beard? Blonde on myself & ginger ones always look good on others.
Do you have any advice for the beardless? Either fashion yourself one with what ever you can find or get in touch with me, I can make you bearded.
What do you do when your not making beards? Designing or submitting work for little exhibitions here and there.
So, your working on a project which involves designers & creatives… can you tell us more? How can people take part? It started as part of my final degree show were I asked my favourite designers and creatives to take a picture of themselves wearing one of my knitted beards. I wanted to have a collection of ‘Designer Beards’, a little corny i know. So far I have pictures of such delightful designers as Siggi Eggertsson, Emily Alston, Walzo, Ian Anderson, Patrick Fry & many more. I am hoping to turn this into a book one day. If anyone would like to take part then they can send me an email, I am really nice so don’t be scared.
How many candles did you blow out at your last birthday? I blew out one candle in a tiny cake on a park bench in Athens.
Describe your style. I create hand drawn, playful illustration, in 2d and 3d, recently I have been making more 3d work, which is lots of fun. My work is narrative based drawing on my own experiences. I like using limited colour, and love the primary colours. My work is playful, optimistic, surreal and honest to me.
What are your tools? My tools are rotring pencils, crayons, rubber and paper. Recently I’ve been playing with lots of cardboard, balsa wood, dowel and gouache.
What is your creative process behind creating a piece of work? When I create work, I first look for inspiration, in old toys, black and white photographs, screen printed packaging, typography, installations, and my found objects. Having said this my day to day experiences, also inspire me. I research into the subject of the project, then I’m normally itching to draw, I work best when I’m alone, relaxed with music and pencils at the ready
I wish I had one of these for Papergirl Manchester distribution. Designed by eungi kim, ’horsey’ has been shortlisted for the desinboom 'seoul cycle design' competition.
designer’s own words:
'horsey' is an attachable bicycle ornament/accessory which makes one's bicycle look horsey!
the ‘horsey’ package includes wooden ornaments (horsey shape body), metal parts, and screws. the manual is very simple so that anyone can easily arrange it according to one’s needs. through this ‘horsey’ project. I wanted to give a special look to bicycles so that people would care about cycling not only as transportation but also as a lovely pet.
Papergirl – The Art of Giving Art is a publication celebrating the 5th anniversary of Papergirl.
Created by Aisha Ronniger, it features 90 pages of essays, artist interviews with pull out posters, articles and a manual on how to do your own Papergirl. It is a limited edition of 1000 hand-assembled pieces in german and english, on different paper, with lose inlays and folded pages to rip open.
Core themes of the project like: digital vs. analogue, curated vs. uncurated, commercial vs. noncommercial, gift giving vs. receiving, luck vs. chance, inside vs. outside are discussed in interviews, essays and the manual.
The artists Evol, Tika, Moki, Danny Gretscher, James Gulliver Hancock, Cake and Boxi, talk about their personal experience with these opposite wordpairs. Whilst authors: Stéphane Bauer, Jordan Seiler, Alain Bieber, Anne Wizorek, Katrin Klitzke & Robert Behrend and Kamilla Jarzina deal with these themes in their essays.
The cover is made of the catalogue poster showing samples of the 239 participating artists in 2010. Each piece of the publication holds a randomn choice of 4 images by the represented artists and is printed on various papers e.g. news print. Most of the 100 shown photos are taken by the Berlin urban art photographer Just, who has accompanied the project during the last 4 years.
You can see more and order a copy of Papergirl - The Art of Giving Art here or buy one at the Papergirl Manchester exhibition launch on 30th September 2010 from 7pm at Soup Kitchen.
Where do you live? I live in wonderful Russian city - Saint Petersburg.
Do you own a bicycle? Tell me about it. I have a very old bicycle, it’s green. And I haven’t use it since….well, it was really so long time ago.
How would you describe your work? As for portraits - I love black so it is the maint ‘theme’ in my palette. Yes, stingy palette. But in spite of this I hope my portraits have a shine in their eyes. Also I like to illustrate people’s fears and phobias.
Do you call yourself an ‘artist’ when people ask you what you do? Yes. Sometimes. I am an artist in my soul, absolutely. Also I call myself ’a Designer’ as I have a profession of interior designer.
Where do you make your art? At home, seating near my window and listening inspirational music. But I wish to have my own studio in the future.
What’s you creative addiction? Portraits and interiors. I adore create interiors for people. Work with furniture, walls and floors, ceiling and light. But also I adore illuminate the faces (not only walls). I am in love with people faces. They are really all amazing and unique!