I am a Polish-born graphic designer and artist, living and working in London. I studied performance design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (BA 2008) and scenography at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts (MA 2011). Ironically, neither of the two courses managed to turn me into a dedicated theatre designer but instead they fired my imagination and yearning for independent expression in multiple forms and dimensions. As a result, I spent a few years juggling with design, visual art and direction, before I identified my main tools of expression: brush, pen and Illustrator’s pen tool.
During the day, I work as a graphic designer. You can read more about that here. But when I’m not busy designing logos or playing with CSS, I go into the wild lands of my imagination in search for new stories to tell.
The experience of storyboarding from my performance design career and the instinct to tell stories through images led me to picture books. The concept begins with visuals, and the narration is constructed through a series of images, with text coming later. I mostly use rhymed poems and limericks because, just like semi-representational paintings, they spur our emotions in a slightly more subtle and indirect way. I have developed two children’s picture books: Milla in the Misty Woods and Blue Boy, aimed at both children and adults. Both books are about confrontation with what sits at the back of our heads – and how to make friends with yourself. Last year, I also started working on a short graphic novel, which began with a series of paintings. This is a long-term project though, and a scope for a lot of experimentation.
Books are a wonderful combination of image and text, but there is another element I am mildly obsessed with: sound and music. The obsession to incorporate sound into visual storytelling led me to my favourite form of expression: animation. For the past couple of year, I’ve been working on two animated projects: Fly on the windscreen and a short animated film about Francis Bacon. The former is due this year. The latter… might take a little longer.