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.
Have you heard of artist and graphic designer Evelin Kasikov? She is a skilled contemporary artist who mixes hand stitching with graphic design and typography. She is constantly experimenting with different type and stitch combination and has a strong passion for letterforms. We can tell that! Evelin’s art is in my opinion one of those pieces that you will always remember. They stand out amongst the crowd! No wonder they have been featured in many magazines, blogs and exhibitions.
There is a playful feel to her pieces that I enjoy. But there is also a more strictness that comes through the shape of every single stitch, this gives it a more structured and mature feel. I asked Evelin where she finds inspiration to her work. And she told me, like the other creatives I have asked, that it is very difficult to define where inspiration comes from as it could happen anywhere and anytime.
“When I’m super busy I usually get lots of new ideas. Every piece of work always starts with lots of ‘what if?’ ideas. The right idea has to click, somehow I always know if it works or not. I guess it’s about instinct and maybe experience.” – Evelin Kasikov
I draw plenty of inspiration looking at her pieces and the way she went about combining a historical craft form with modern graphic design. ‘Graphic embroidery’ is in fact how she defines her own style and work, but she stresses that the emphasize is on the graphical part and not on the craft of stitching. The stitching for her is simply another way of creating an image.
Credit: Evelin Kasikov
The pieces which are shown here belongs to the London Triology project. If you are interested in seeing more projects of hers you can do so on her portfolio. She also sells some pieces in her webshop. Let me know if you purchased her art and hanged it ‘on your wall’.
When I saw some of Kristina’s prints over at Weekday Carnival some weeks ago I had a sudden urge to contact her. And I am glad I did! Not only is she one of those cheerful and fun individuals whom I find inspiring and enjoy chatting to, but she also had some new ‘never shown on blogs before’ art that she was kind to share with us. So here they are! Different patterns of wood, stone and cork set in a thought out geometrical play. The sharp shapes gives the pieces a minimalistic feel even though the patterns are decorative. In fact she tells us that she has a passion for “[...] strong and geometric shapes [...]” and that is all due to her background in graphic design. Oh, and regarding the patterns; I think I feel a strong connection to these pieces due to them being patterns which makes up some common interior materials.
“I’m fascinated by different natural materials and their surfaces which can either be cold, warm, soft, hard, heavy or light – I think the mix of these exclusive and cheap textural materials such as marble, ply, wood, cork and paper – is an interesting and unexpected combination that aren’t often put together.” -Kristina Krogh
I am clearly fascinated by these pieces! And since I am curios by nature I asked Kristina where she finds inspiration for them. She said that she looks at anything from tiles, old parquet flooring to colour combinations she finds at one of the smaller stores Copenhagen has to offer. Oh and not to forget she draws plenty of inspiration from her bike rides through the Danish capital. Lovely! Is it ok to feel a bit jealous of that bike ride?
Credit: Kristina Krogh
There is no doubt that Kristina knows what she is doing. Not only is her art current and would suit many of the interior space’s I dream of, but she also has a strong foundation in design through her education at Graphic Arts Institute of Denmark. She now works as a freelance graphic designer, artist and runs her webshop. If interested in these prints they will be released in the shop very soon. I am not aware of what they will sell for, but what I do know is that they are limited edition and every piece has Kristina’s lovely signature on it. Why don’t you head over to Kristina’s Facebook page and show her some love!