+48 Social Club set up in Tokyo’s VACANT gallery hosted a series of open workshops conducted by Polish graphic designers and illustrators. Among them there were workshops for kids and adults led by illustrator Aleksandra Niepsuj.
Workshop for children aged 5 to 8 years old titled "Friends and Family" focused on the creation of objects – spatial illustrations with the use of wooden kitchen utensils made by Polish artisans. The participants were able to use a wide range of means: drawing, painting, and collage with paper and ribbons. The workshop gave children an opportunity to have contact with techniques previously unknown to them, and also – above all – to have a lot of fun.
Polish designer also gave workshop for professionals, focused on creating illustrations – collage on paper. The first step involved creating various black-and-white textures on paper with painting and writing tools, such as stamps etc. Then, using these materials combined with drawings and flat areas of color, the participants constructed pictures on a given theme. The aim of the workshop was to draw attention to the individual value of manual effects in illustration.
Aleksandra (Ola) Niepsuj is a Warsaw-based graphic designer and illustrator. She combines collage, pencil, ink and paint with digital media to create humorous and eccentric images. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poland and Portugal. She designs posters, visual identities and infographics, while her illustrated commentaries have found their way into numerous Polish and international magazines, books, textbooks and children’s publications. Companies such as Nike, Converse, Braun, and Apple Polska have ordered illustrations from Ola.
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Workshops at the +48 Social Club were also carried out by Anna Łoskiewicz and Zofia Strumiłło-Sukiennik of the Beza Project and Edgar Bąk.
Schedule of Workshops by Aleksandra Niepsuj:
13:00 ~ Workshop "Friends and Family" (for children)
17:30 ~ Workshop for professionals
Organizer: Culture.pl, Design Critique Platform