This commissioned artwork is host to circa forty papercut cranes. Greeting cards featuring the collage are available from my online store.
A Human Geographer’s Business Card
The map I used as raw material for this business card shows a developed rather than a ‘natural’ landscape: as Human Geography examines the relationship between human issues, and space and place, the collage aims to highlight the way in which human factors shape landscapes – and vice versa.
Below two artworks from the same series of collages, as well as the artwork used in the card’s final design.
Bookmark / Business Card
A birthday-invitation-gif – the hardest part in the making of which was neither the design nor the animation, but to visually establish a rhythm in a medium that is basically mute.
I employed two printing techniques for the making of this invitation card: the pale blue background and the writing were printed in offset, on top of which I printed blue and yellow linocuts.
As I wanted the linocut art to be a combination of two separate elements, I drafted an assortment of shapes that would eventually merge in a twofold composition.
Eventually I picked four shapes to be printed in blue, and six shapes to be printed in yellow. The animation below features all 24 possible combinations, some repeatedly.
I designed this flyer together with my dear friend Yejin Kwon. Yejin took the photograph on one of her daily walks to and fro the Brussels studio in which she was working at the time. Though this particular design did in fact not make the final cut, I’m still rather fond of the mood it conveys.
Kafe Karlsson 1/2
The drawings featured on this invitation card’s front and rear were designed ‘as one’: when splitting one single design in two and printing it on both sides of 80g paper, the paper’s thinness will allow the original, ‘single’ visual (see drafts bellow) to re-emerge.
The gif below served as the printed invitation’s digital counterpart. It is the somewhat unorthodox attempt to pair an originally sparse aesthetic with that of horror vacuii, the ‘fear of empty spaces’.
Both a greeting card and a print featuring the wide-eyed monkey that is part of the series of illustrations I made for this Chinese-Zodiac-Business-Card can be purchased from my online store.
Orangutan is a set of six typographic stamps modelled in the form of a dice. Each of the dice’s six sides’ shapes can – through repetitive use or in combination with the other five shapes – be used to form all 26 letters of the Roman alphabet; or anything else really.
While the loop above features one possible configuration of each letter, most letters can actually be assembled in numerous different ways.
The project right below features a typographical design for which I made use of Orangutan’s formal vocabulary.
Kafe Karlsson 2/2
This invitation card’s design features the set of shapes I developed for Orangutan (see above). Given their bold appearance, I treated the letters as a visual rather than textual element – and positioned them accordingly.
Bookmark Tijdschrift Ei
This bookmark was designed and printed by Dutch online magazine Tijdschrift Ei and features a poem by J.V. Neylen alongside a drawing of mine.
These invitation cards for my grandmother’s 90th birthday were printed on a risograph in four different three-colour colour combinations.
I designed this quartet of insect-hotel-risograph-prints for a campaign by NABU, a non-governmental German ecology group. While putting four different, rather fantastic insects front and centre, the prints’ polka dot background touches on one of the hotels’ most striking visual features: the holes providing shelter for solitary bees.
For a nominal charge covering production costs, signed and numbered copies of all four prints can be purchased from my online store.
People in a Field
I never got to see my dear friend Simon Tanguy’s piece People in a Field on stage or in rehearsal. Instead of explaining the choreography’s concept or detailing his artistic approach when asking me to design the flyer, all I ever got from him was the production’s four-word title.
Given this apparently volitional ignorance of mine, I decided to work with a series of photographs depicting different kinds of scenes and characters. To advance the images’ randomness even further, I chose to only use photographs I had come upon by chance: all photographs excerpted for this flyer were thus tracked down at the Place du Jeu de Balle, that most famous of Brussels’ flea markets; below you can see all fourteen of them in their full flea market glory.
Kids of the Future
A typographic flyer I made for an evening showcasing three performances choreographed by Marzena Krzeminska, William Collins, and Simon Tanguy, then students at Amsterdam’s School for New Dance Development.