Barcelona based graphic designer Coni, or Costanza is a woman who introduced me to her work a couple of weeks ago. She had just launched her new career as a business owner of her own studio Conilab which at the moment focuses on producing handmade silkscreen posters. Knowing how much gutt it takes for someone to take the leap of faith of venturing on their own, made me want to help her a bit along the way by showing some of my favourite pieces she has in her shop.
“[...] I love typography, signs, word games, popular sayings and you will find a little bit of all these things on my work.” – Coni
“Do what you love”! “Turn the page”! All very motivational and uplifting quotes that decorates her posters! I also like the ingenious collection of the “If you want to be-be”. Yep, they are right up my alley. See below what she tells us about her inspiration and style…
Where do you find inspiration to your art?
I don’t think I have a “style” because I’m on a searching process; experimenting. I can tell you I love typography, signs, word games, popular sayings and you will find a little bit of all these things in my work.
How would you define your style?
Anything can inspire me. A song, a book, visiting an exhibition, watching a movie, walking on the beach, talking to someone… Also some facts of my personal life, such as the birth of my youngest niece which inspired me to do “we are a team
“. Once I have an idea the process starts: hand sketches, notes, and then I work on the concept on my computer and when I “see it”, begins the serigraphy-process.
Thank you Coni for reaching out to us and for inspiring us.
Do you want to see more of Coni’s work? In that case take a look at her Etsy shop.
Photographer Oumayma B.Tanfous, is a woman I have had my eyes on since I spotted her print in Jennifer‘s home, which led me to The Atelier Print. This particular print -image above- was simple in its own right. It oozed a sensitive and vulnerable feel that also evoked a feeling of mystery. I simply knew I had to find more prints and ask her about her inspiration and style. Little did I know that I was to talk to a photographer whose philosophy is similar to my own.
“I always find it interesting to meet photographers after looking at their pictures, you feel that you already know them a little bit. Taking a picture can be a very intimate moment.” – Oumayma
Hearing her talking about that she feels like she knows a photographer after seeing their art is right up my alley. It is this connection that I seek and is probably why I like photos and other arts hanged -or leaned- on the wall. With that being said I am still always curios and keen to ask my two questions about inspiration and style…
Where do you find inspiration to your art?
Since I live in Montreal, everyone comes from a different country so it’s always interesting to observe people on the street. I’d say the street and people are my main inspiration. That’s what brings me to traveling and backpacking, I wish to travel more in the future, it’s the best way to find inspiration and keep the passion for your work and your daily life.
How would you define your style?
It’s hard to define my own style since it’s always evolving. In my personal work that is shown on The Print Atelier
, there’s always this very soft and melancholic mood in my series. I always find it interesting to meet photographers after looking at their pictures, you feel that you already know them a little bit. Taking a picture can be a very intimate moment. My portraits and fashion work are different, there is more contrast, more strength but still very soft. I shoot these two types of photography in a different state of mind.
Thank you Oumayma for sharing these words with us. I don’t know about you, but to me her words were inspiring. The main reason why I started this column was, because I wanted to emphasize and create a connection between photographers and the people…something Oumayma just inspired me to continue.
Do you want more of this talented photographer? Check her out on Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram.
Credit: Oumayma B. Tanfous
When I look for photographers I not only look for stunning photos but to those pieces which inspire me to decorate a space around. Those images that simply takes me out of reality and in to a dream world of visualization.
A photographer that takes photos which evokes this feeling is Hungarian Akos Major. With a keen eye for composition and colours I am finding his pieces hard to resist. Born in 1974 he spent some time studying Arts and Design in Budapest where he gained a degree in Visual Communication. After having worked 10 years in the Ad-agency he decided to take the leap of faith and go as a freelance designer/photographer. Aren’t we happy he did so?
The photos which one can see in his portfolio are travel and landscape photos. They all possess a feeling of familiarity and serenity due to its organic settings yet they have a mystical feeling as they are all taken from a land far off. Cambodia, Turkey, Thailand and UAE are places which illustrates these settings here. Since I have a love for travelling and discovering new cultures it might not be a surprise why his photos are so appealing to me.
When I talked to Akos through email the other day it showed that he had a rather casual feel about his work. He in fact does not define these images as work since they are all travel photos.
“[...] these photos are records of places I’ve visited, tourist photos -in my style. I was carrying my film cameras and was shooting everything that caught my interest.”
We also talked a bit about style and he shared that he prefers taking photos in serene settings. He tries to stay away from busy cities but says that he has a soft spot for Bangkok and is eager to go back for a visit with his camera. Since I have never been to Bangkok, I am hoping that he will get his wish come true and wants to share his discoveries with us yet another time.
Credit: Akos Major
The lovely lady Therese Sennerholt has just released new postcards for all of us typography fans. I came across the ‘You & I, We Us, Together’ card on Instagram a few weeks ago and have been waiting since then for this specific card. I love the straight forward and romantic statement!
Credit: Therese Sennerholt / Styling - (1) Anniqa Nelander, (2) Jenny Hjalmarson
/ Photo - Kristofer Johnsson
Apart from nice cards there is some nice styling going on here as well. The styling is done by students from Beckmans stylist class run by the famous stylist Lotta Agaton.
Julia Heurling is a Stockholm based freelance designer and artist who is part of a design collective called Studio Rita. These pieces here are part of Studio Rita’s new collection called Urban Abstract and is a personal interpretation of the urban landscape.
What I fell for with Julia’s art is the colours and that the shapes are an abstract expression as this evokes a curiosity and interest for the viewer.
I aim for my work to have an associative impact on the viewer, in any direction. I prefer abstract imagery. I find that reduced information opens up for association, imagination and mystery. I believe this is the base for my fascination for patterns. I find an innate energy in repeats. Endless, eternal but absolutely present, demanding my attention. Soothing, calming and comforting, intriguing my mind to wander. – Julia Heurling
Credit: Julia Heurling - Studio Rita
I can easily see these pieces hanged or leaned nicely ‘On The Wall‘. Each poster have a simple colour palette and shapes which are repetitive, all which gives them a minimalistic yet ornative feel which is very appealing for on the wall art.